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Old 09-07-2016, 10:28 PM  
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City: Wilmington, NC
Country: USA
Vessel Name: DreamQuest
Vessel Model: Prairie 36
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Retractable awnings.

Has anyone used a retractable awning as an overhang for their side decks?
My boat, a Prairie 36, doesn't have overhangs for the side decks. When it rains I have to close the salon windows and doors so things don't get wet. I would like to leave them open for those days that it rains and I want some ventilation but don't want to turn on the AC. CaptTom made a similar comment in a recent thread so I believe he has the same desire. He also has a Prairie 36.
My dock neighbor has a Mainship with some nice overhangs. I have looked at his boat and drawn some rough plans for some "wings" that I could make out of foam, glass over and then bolt to the sides of my flybridge. But that is a lot of work.
So why not retractable awnings bolted to the sides of the flybridge. I have one on my RV and it works great. I've also seen very large ones installed on homes. What are your thoughts?
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