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Old 06-04-2015, 04:21 PM   #21
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Holy smokes! Now that's some serious shade!
Well I don't tan I burn, and we live in south Florida on a mooring and only use the A/C at night to sleep. The shade keeps the boat the same temp as outside even during the sunniest part of the day, which in the Keys during the summer is usually in the low to mid 90s. To hot for northen folk but once you have been here awhile it's fine. My wife now wears a jacket when it gets down to the mid 70s.
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Old 06-04-2015, 05:11 PM   #22
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So no Mosquitos/no seeums on the mooring ball? The no seeums run me inside at sundown here at the slip.
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Old 06-04-2015, 05:28 PM   #23
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So no Mosquitos/no seeums on the mooring ball? The no seeums run me inside at sundown here at the slip.
We were very plesantly surprised by the general lack of mosquitos and no seeums in Boot Key. We stayed at a marina up in Tavernier for about 9 months and at times they were unbearable. We have been in Boot Key for about 21 months now save trips to Key West and Key Largo and rarely are bothered by them. I have heard people anchored over next to the mangroves complain about them though.
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Old 06-04-2015, 05:30 PM   #24
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So no Mosquitos/no seeums on the mooring ball? The no seeums run me inside at sundown here at the slip.
I just noticed you are it Texas. They have noseeums in Texas?? I thought everything was BIG in Texas.
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Old 06-04-2015, 05:38 PM   #25
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Some canvas additions really detract from the beauty of the boat. I think this is one of those!
Maybe better when see the whole boat .
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Old 06-04-2015, 06:03 PM   #26
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I think that "FA TEE K" has or was for sale for a while. Nice boat but I agree the sun shade fwd detracts. It was overpriced by a lot IMHO.

Good live aboard in protected waterways. If I recall, it had a nice interior setup.
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Old 06-07-2015, 05:19 PM   #27
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Found these guys, who will do any custom shape you need...

Custom Shade Sails - Custom and Pre Made Sun Shade Sails
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Old 06-07-2015, 05:35 PM   #28
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Here's a link to the Costco shade I mentioned in an earlier post. It's a 13 ft triangle and costs $29 with Costco membership.

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Old 06-29-2015, 10:35 AM   #29
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Here's a link to the Costco shade I mentioned in an earlier post. It's a 13 ft triangle and costs $29 with Costco membership.

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Cardude gave me a good idea to deal with my sun problem..
If you need something smaller or Custom made, these guys are the bomb. This is 7' x 9' x9'

Custom Shade Sails - Custom and Pre Made Sun Shade Sails

Just got mine done, cut to fit the CD and the space I had to work with. I mostly needed a sunshade over the front wingows and hatch. The boat could get like a terrarium inside when the front canvas wasn't in place. The shade allows for more light without the Cave like feeling when the canvas is on, and filters out the UV nicely. Visibility to drive from the lower station too!





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Old 06-29-2015, 11:27 AM   #30
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New sun shade

That custom unit is better than what I rigged up. Mine is too short.

That looks really good!
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Old 06-29-2015, 11:29 AM   #31
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Looks good!
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Old 06-29-2015, 12:02 PM   #32
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That's nice . They make a huge difference . We used ours this weekend .
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Old 06-17-2016, 01:50 AM   #33
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I finally got around to refining my prototype cockpit shade shown in some earlier posts on this thread. I was inspired by Moonstruck's high end, retractable shade by SureShade. I was hoping for a manual retractable design but due to time constraints, that feature may come in a future version. I needed a cantilevered design to allow fishing. The cost needed to be MUCH less than the SureShade pricing.

This version is shorter (44 inches), utilizes light weight shade fabric ($35 from Costco) and is supported by a single 1/16 inch stainless steel cable from the radar mast. I found an upholstery company that sewed the fabric to spec for $50, so I've got about $100 into this so far.







My aim is that this lightweight, loose-weave fabric and smaller surface area will present lower windage for the lightweight frame. My previous model was too heavy and had too much surface area for the frame so while underway or when the wind kicked up, I'd tie it down with short lines.

The fabric releases from the fwd edge and slides aft along the poles to allow access to the FB ladder.

So now I have a new redneck shade to match my redneck fire hose rail covers.
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Old 06-17-2016, 07:09 AM   #34
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Real slick Al....
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Old 06-17-2016, 09:26 AM   #35
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Came out real nice Al.

FWIW I thought the redneck prototype was awesome too
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Old 06-17-2016, 10:47 AM   #36
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Very cool. How did you get so smart all of a sudden?
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Old 06-17-2016, 11:44 AM   #37
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LOL! It was just a phase, Moon Unit. I'm back to normal now.

Thanks Craig and Blue. That first version was made from a drop cloth I had lying around. After 2 years, it was shot. I forgot about the fact that a rolled up pile of fabric on the FB on the bay will form mildew and mold. This UV tolerant shade fabric should do better. I expect this new cover to stay up year round but, if needed, it can be removed in about 5 minutes.
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Taylormade makes a very versatile large shade that can be moved as the sun moves and can be set up in various locations on deck. It has tie-downs and a telescoping pole. On very hot afternoons, we have even set it to shade the side of the house as the sun goes down. They also make a smaller one that clamps on a rail. Maybe not as fun as making your own or adapting others, but it gets me to the reclining with a beer moment much quicker.
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Old 06-17-2016, 02:16 PM   #39
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Excellent work, but I don't mind adding that I feel a bit diminished. I wish one of my projects would work out so nicely! What, no pink fabric?
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Old 06-17-2016, 02:18 PM   #40
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Very nice Al . Brother got to have some shade .
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