34 LRC Window Shades / Awnings
Now, that the boat is resting comfortably under shrink wrap and out of the river for the long hard Iowa winter, its time to dream of projects to work on before spring. I have begun the teak refinishing project on the outside wood. I have many pieces at home to refinish over the winter. Most of the rest has been heated and scrapped. The end is at least in sight. The thought of having decent looking brightwork brings with it the desire to keep it good. I know the value of keeping the UV at bay. I'm considering window covers knowing the protection they offer both exterior as well as interior. But I fear the time they would take to put up and take down, would result in me leaving them down when I'm in a hurry. I know I'm lazy.
So I have an idea. It seems so simple that I am guessing that it has already been done. I am thinking of covering the salon side windows with a one piece roll-up window shade on the outside. They would be rolled up window shade style when not in use. The alternative to rolling them up would be to support them awning style to cover the side decks to provide shade in the salon to help the air conditioner out as well as provide rain protection on the side decks.
I am thinking that the roll-up would be something along the line of 2" PVC pipe. 2" PVC pipe would have an OD of 2 3/8" ~ 2 1/2". that would roll the approximate 34" length in about 4 wraps. The lower edge might have a fiberglass bar inside a pocket to stiffen it. That way it would only need to fastened in a few places in the down position. The awning standoff arms would be stainless tube, with gas cylinders holding them out.
That is is very general I understand. I am not sure if the roll-up should be at the bottom or the top. I can see advantages to both. I might have to design and build my own, but before that, Has anybody seen such a setup? How did it work? How well did it work?