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Valerie View Drop Down
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    Posted: 04 May 2007 at 9:06am
I am planning to make a couple of awnings to protect us from the sun.  I plan to fasten these to the bimini and to the lifelines.  What fabric is best for this.
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If you want a mesh to allow some air through and a bit of light then I would use Phifertex Plus (90% sun block). Otherwise Sunbrella will work. For even more light inside and only 60% protection from the sun you might look at standard Phifertex.
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We cruised for 5 years in the Caribbean and made sun shades for the windows in our hard dodger and ones that attached to the bimini and were bungeed to the life lines out of Phifertex. They stood up really well but the only problem was when it rained. There was one side of the cockpit that was used most often and I made a clear vinyl liner that velcro-ed onto the Phifertex shade - worked just great. Hope this helps.

PS I even made covers for the non opening ports in the boat out of Phifertex to help block the sun! Saved the upholstery and kept the boat that little bit cooler.

Edited by Bonnie - 12 May 2007 at 7:42pm
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You may also use Surlast for a traditional boom awning.  It is a bit lighter than Sunbrella and stows more easily when not in use.
 
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Dan Smith
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