Cruisers Forum
 


Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on Cruisers Forums. Advertise Here
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 28-12-2020, 15:31   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 38
Cockpit shade

I am planning to make new shade awning for my cockpit for use while at anchor ( opaque). I live in the tropics. Do darker colors. ( navy blue) cause more heat than lighter colors (tan) or do they make more shade and actually keep the cockpit cooler? Thanks for experience and advice.
warrenthames is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28-12-2020, 20:18   #2
Registered User
 
Orion Jim's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Noank, Ct. USA
Boat: Cape Dory 31
Posts: 2,255
Images: 8
Re: Cockpit shade

Darker colors absorb more heat.....those who have dark colored hulls and fabrics will occasionally profess they are no hotter than light colored hulls and fabrics.....we know better.
Orion Jim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28-12-2020, 21:25   #3
Registered User

Join Date: Oct 2020
Boat: Coast 34 Sail
Posts: 76
Re: Cockpit shade

Overwhelming preference for lighter covers here in tropical Mexico. Perhaps dark would be better if and last longer but heat and stain/fading digest going lighter.
Tomodore is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-12-2020, 10:18   #4
Registered User

Join Date: Jan 2018
Boat: Columbia 29 MK1 Hull #28
Posts: 871
Re: Cockpit shade

As already mentioned before by other members, the short answer is lighter colors are cooler.

The more detailed answer is heat energy obeys the same laws of conservation as light energy. If a certain color reflects most light wavelengths (lighter colors like white), most heat energy will be reflected as well. Therefore, due to the nature of visual light, colors that reflect most wavelengths of light tend to be cooler than those that only reflect a few. Understanding how this principle applies to different colors can allow you to stay warmer or cooler simply by using different colored paints or fabrics and colors on your boat.
406Columbia is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
cockpit

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cockpit enclosure material - shade, weather protection, or bugs? Looking4Neptune Construction, Maintenance & Refit 14 15-03-2020 10:42
For Sale: Cockpit Shade, Delta anchor, Melges 24 jib, + more AmericanVagrant Classifieds Archive 3 09-08-2016 15:35
Looking for Ideas for Cockpit Shade rhr1956 Construction, Maintenance & Refit 3 10-07-2012 09:56
Shade Tree Awnings bottleinamessage Classifieds Archive 2 04-03-2008 11:44
Concensus on Sun Shade Holding Pattern Liveaboard's Forum 9 12-07-2005 04:55

Advertise Here


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 20:10.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.