after pushing the idea for quite some time I am finally getting to prepare external sunshades for our boat
I do not want to reinvent the wheel
and thus grab some crowd knowledge before starting.
We will do this on the outside as it protects the portlights
as well and external insulation
usually works better than internal one.
This is a DIY project
and I have only limited funds, so please don't recommend Sunbrella for it :-) great stuff with some useful applications but way to expensive for this.
I found this material and wonder about other users experience with it or with similar material:
Usually it's used to protect crops from to much sun radiation.
Seems to be slightly see through as well, which is better than a complete light blocking material. We do not want to live in a dark cave.
is very reasonable, even though I hope it lasts some time, because I am not keen on repeating the sewing process every year.
There are a lot of other suppliers for that sort of stuff on Alibaba as well.
It's normally available in a number of colors and I lean towards silver, looks cool and, as it is likely reflecting more UV than black it may reduce heat transfer further.
I am not going for white because it will get dirty fairly fast.
Black will likely have salt
Here are a few questions I am pondering.
Has anyone used this or is there anyone who has found a better source on Alibaba?
Is the silver/metallic looking stuff going to scratch the portlights
more than the black stuff? Will it go unsightly grey very quickly?
Preparing the shading panels
, I am thinking of putting a plastic cable similar to the one found in a lawn trimmer into a tubular hem around the perimeter to keep the shape. Better ideas anyone? Photos?
Attachement, seeing the price
of metal Tenax attachements I am wondering if someone had a better, less costly and more foot friendly idea or solution which they used successful.
Footfriendly, because stepping onto a Tenax base barefoot is a real pain.
Metal attachments would be preferable, as they last longer in southern high UV environments. Anyone know of some good industrial type and long lasting velcro (Manufacturer? If suppliers, we are in Europe)?
Other photos, ideas?
We will use those shades primarely at anchor
, but they may occasionally have to stay put in a squall to.
I appreciate your thoughts and ideas,