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    Posted: 15 June 2007 at 10:40am

 We want to build an Awning Kit for the foredeck of our 25-foot sail boat. We're interested in the kit that shows a “Tension Type” External Pole System (2007-2008 Catalog, page 23, Figure 6); however, we could not find any info in the catalog about how to get the tensioning poles (presumably they are like those internally-bungied, flexible tent poles that break down into sections).

 

  1. Could you please refer us to a source where we could get the poles? 
  2. Also, we plan to make sleeves for the poles and attach them to the underside of the awning … is there any reason that might not be a good idea?

 

Thanks, Lorraine and Ed

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I suggest just using flexible batten material and sew in pockets for the ends.
 
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Hi,
I think the battens are often too heavy and they certainly can not be broken down into a shorter length bundle.
 
My preference is to go to a camping type store (Gander Mountain, etc) and get collapsible tent poles. These are round fiberglass sections which fit together with bungee cord in-between. Make sure to get the heaviest stock available.
 
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Hi Matt:
 
This may work for smaller boats, say 25’ or so, but a good gust of wind would tear up your rig on an awning for a 36’ boat.  Most people here are using Sunbrella or Surlast for awning material.  I’ll stick to my guns regarding use of battens for tensioning rods.  They may not break down, but they stow nicely next to handrails on the coachroof.  5/8’ (stock #27115) should be sufficient.
 
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