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Old 26-08-2020, 12:37   #1
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Sun Shade Material

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I'm looking to have an aft shade panel for my Lagoon fabricated. I know there are several materials but most come in different levels of block out. Typically 70% or 90%. The canvas guy is recommending 90%. Anyone have an opinion? While I'd like to maximize shade, I would like to be able see out to a fair degree.
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Old 26-08-2020, 14:02   #2
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Re: Sun Shade Material

Not sure I understand the issue. Sunbrella is the widely accepted cloth for Bimini and other canvas. It’s available in many colors, affordable, durable and has good waterproof and UV characteristics. You can also find it with a rubbery totally waterproof coating.
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Old 26-08-2020, 14:08   #3
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Check on sailrite.com for phifertex. There are a couple of grades with varying degrees of light penetration. It's kinda like rubberized screen. We used this for covers on our hatches.
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Old 26-08-2020, 14:10   #4
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Yes my boat has numerous Sunbrella enclosures but I'm looking for a shade material that is somewhat transparent to produce shade but allow visibility such as Sailrite's Phifertex. It is the degree of block out, 70% or 90%, that I am unsure of. thanks
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Try this: https://www.sailrite.com/PDF/Outdoor...on%20Chart.pdf
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Old 26-08-2020, 14:33   #6
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Tried all of the above then found ALUMINET.
You can find it all finished or have it custom.
Itís like a Mylar space blanket made into a cloth...letís thr air in and you can see out ok. Tie it with paracord.
Spiffy looking on an aluminum yacht.
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Old 27-08-2020, 06:06   #7
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Re: Sun Shade Material

I'm going through the same decision. I had to decide what was the priority and how I would use the shades. For me, I don't spend a lot of time at public docks, so using them as a privacy screen was not a high priority - if I want to see out at night, I'll just take them off. Seeing out in bright daylight is very doable with either 70 or 90% and I'm not that worried about who can see in during daylight.

So I ultimately decided to prioritize sun blocking and went with the 90% and if I'm unable to see outside because of light conditions, I'll remove them.
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Yes my boat has numerous Sunbrella enclosures but I'm looking for a shade material that is somewhat transparent to produce shade but allow visibility such as Sailrite's Phifertex. It is the degree of block out, 70% or 90%, that I am unsure of. thanks

Are these for top shades or side panels?

We use a Textilene 80 (black) as side panels in our cockpit to block the sun and create shade. Still easily seen through it while underway or at anchor. The mesh is fine enough to use as bug screens if you were going to make full side curtains.

Haven't tried the 90 version as side panels. If the visibility is main factor, get a swatch of each and try them.

Downside of any mesh/screen material, would be reduced air flow if they were full side curtains.

If your application is for an overhead awning, would go for the 90. We use the Phifertex Plus (90) in our hatches & skylight covers. It still lets in plenty of light and helps keep the heat out.
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