Sturdy cockpit awning blocks sun, rain, even wind
We have never seen anything like the Shadetree sun awning. Which figures, because it was invented by Tom Schlinkert, a distributor of sporting goods. Tom figured out that a good awning ought to work just like a modern, hi-tech tent: a tent that sets up over a sailboat. Only the Shadetree awning offers:
- Self-supporting; no halyard attachment required
- Handles beam winds up to 25 knot gusts
- Accommodates Lazy Jack systems
- UV resistant Dacron fabric
- Quick and easy to set up, take down
- Reduces effects of blowing rain, creates shade at most sun angles
- Equipped with slit to work around topping lift
Its unique dome shape gives it exceptional qualities of stability, protection, ventilation, and storage.
Fabric - The commercial grade 9 oz. Dacron fabric, also known as Aqualon, has an exterior coating which is waterproof, heat reflecting, and UV inhibitor treated. The fabric is guaranteed for 5 years.
Construction - All hems are bound and reinforced with 1-1/2" webbing. Hardware is marine grade Delrin nylon with quick-release buckles. Additional lashing points utilize heavy bungee cord loops for shock absorption.
Convenience and comfort - After a couple of practice runs, most skippers report a 10-minute set-up or takedown. It protects both people and gear from harmful UV light, as well as reducing cabin temperatures -- and expanding your usable deck in rain.
Storage - The entire package, including folding support wand set,fits into a drawstring duffel. 8" x 36" for small sizes, 10" x 36" for large sizes.
Structural system - Support wands are made of high-compression fiberglass tubing. The wands are in multiple 26" sections. Bungee cords run through the hollow center of the wands, holding the sections together in aluminum fittings. This system forms a unified flexible span, which, when arched, becomes a free standing support for the entire canopy. The wands are passed through a webbing tunnel sewn the width of the canopy... just like a dome-style tent. This is why the Shadetree awning is structurally sound when flexed, requiring no halyard support, yet compact to store.
Attachment to the boat - Webbing straps run from the edge of the Shadetree canopy to the lifeline, where the wand is led on the inside of the lifeline and the webbing on the outside (see illustration).
For Lazy Jack systems, just uncleat, loosen the jack lines and pull them forward to the mast. The Shadetree fits right over them.
With minor modifications, the awning can work with Dutchman flaking systems. Let us know if you have a Dutchman flaking system by noting it in the comments box on the order form. The necessary instructions and materials will be included for the modification.
Sorry, this awning does not yet accommodate arches or boats with less than 114" from mast to backstay.
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|For instructions on how to measure for your boat |
Size 220 recommended for Catalina 27