May 25, 2010
The goal is to cover the boat—shading every hatch and swath of deck from the sun. The difference this makes to liveability is immense. Good awnings can lower the internal temperature of your boat by several degrees Celsius, and when daytime temps are topping 40°C—having the boat 5° cooler goes a long way…
Because most cruisers are on a budget, most of the sun awnings are cobbled together as need arises. We started with our bimini, which we had made in La Cruz. Then added a few Ikea awnings to cover the hulls and then added shade cloth to screen in the aft part of the cockpit.