|The finished project|
Concept, a baby sunshade for the side hatches on a PDQ 36 catamaran:
- The sun always seems to hit one side of the boat more than the other while anchored.
- Bonus--we only need one (it can be moved side to side, less storage space)
- Also may act as a wind scoop?
- Provides moderate rain protection?
- Provides UV protection for fenders and/or SUP
- Easy on & easy off. One person installation. No d@mn snaps!
One day, after hanging out laundry, I realized the laundry hanging on the life lines, had the added bonus of shading the bright sun from coming in our two large side hatches. Hmmmm.
We've been on a lot of catamarans that have some kind of cockpit shade that runs from the hard bimini to the lifelines. A friend explained their set-up could attach to the lifelines or the toe rail, depending on need. They also only had ONE since the sun is usually only on one side! This set-up is difficult on our boat since it would block the main walkway. However, after sitting and studying a neighbor catamaran's set-up (two solar panels as their "bimini roof" with side sunshades attached from the solar panels to the life lines), I walked down below.
|Outside view of what we are trying to shade|
Dang! The sun is really shining on the starboard side of the boat! Some days, I even close those hatches and put the insulation in. Then lightbulb! A baby sunshade from hand rail to the life lines! Apparently I was talking out loud, because The Captain said, "Huh?" and followed me as I ran back out on deck. At first he was puzzled, then he started to picture it. "It could also be a wind scoop". YES!
|The scribbled concept|
We have a roll of black canvas to match dodger and a roll of black webbing
Using the lower hand rails leaves the normal walkway open
Measured for second life line but took webbing attachment it to the toe rail
A minor error left the shade longer than originally intended. It "almost" reaches the side head hatch.
Boat is curved so it ended up with a bulge. Added a dart
Still get indirect sunlight & airflow.
Easy on & easy off
May make a second one to cover the SUP (protects from UV) instead of using the dinghy cover.
Con: I have to hang the laundry on the other side or move the sunshade.
Share your feedback and improvement ideas. Show us your sunshades!