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Old 01-16-2020, 08:36 AM
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Default Shade extension systems (center consoles), which?

I am new to center consoles, but just pulled the trigger on a new Sea Hunt 239, to "arrive" March. However, I do know one concern already, here in FL (gulf coast) it gets hot and very sunny a number of days: shade is important!

I started to look into a number fo shade systems and had to laugh at the price range: from few $hundred to several $thousand for a 24-ft boat. What systems, materials (sunbrella?) have owners used with success? I prefer a system that can keep up while underway, albeit at reduced speed (>10-15 kts). Any luck out there?
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This thread has what looks like a good DIY option, the links to Amazon are broken but you can just search for Neso Tent and other pole options. If you add some straps to come down off the end it should hold up while underway. There was another thread I saw recently with many DIY options and while I can't find it if you search for DIY Shade here you'll see lots of threads.

Ugh I can't post links yet, I need to make a few more posts it seems. If you search the forum for DIY Shade it is the 2nd result, "How to: DIY t-top shade on the cheap (pics and directions)"
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There wa sa post on here a few days ago with members posting all the pics of one's they had done.....go look for it a fe pages back, easier than trying to use the less than stellar search function on here.
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I bought this one https://oceansouth.us/shop/ttops/tto...t-stern-shade/ for mine and it works great especially for the money. You can also use it underway but would not run fast. I have only had it a year but it seems to hold up well.

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Originally Posted by Diverboy View Post
There wa sa post on here a few days ago with members posting all the pics of one's they had done.....go look for it a fe pages back,
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I have looked at this one and I think I want it. Not Cheap but supposedly can keep it up at speeds to 50mph.
I called for an estimate last summer and I think it was about $1800
https://www.tuuci.com/collections/marine/shade-blade/
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The Neso Tent is a popular DIY option.

Here's the thread on this:
Pictures of boats with shades and sun awnings thread
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thx, will do.... I tried 4-5 searches before starting tis thread and got nada...
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Thanks for your reply -- this is one manufacturer I just saw recently and wanted to know if anyone used it (and how they would rate it). Looks straight forward and available off AMZ.
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Hey. I did a fair amount of research on this a few months ago. The Gemlux option was intriguing (if you have outriggers):https://www.gemlux.com/shop/boat-fis...utrigger-shade but definitely on the pricey side. Eventually, I settled on the TaylorMade t-top shade: https://www.ttopcoversforboats.com/p...it-resilience/

So far I haven't used with the included poles. I've just been attaching it over the bow using my outriggers like the Gemlux shade. attaching it to the stern with the poles or or securing it to the bow I imagine would allow you to move at moderate speed.
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If you're not looking for pretty - two 6'ish pieces of PVC in the corner rod holders, a white 6 x 8 tarp and some bungees - done.

Readily stows/deploys in under a minute, works great and will absolutely tolerate trolling speeds at least
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Default Brian Christ of the Boat Canvas Factory

Call Brian Christ. He has developed the perfect system and has a new video up on how you can order from him and install yourself.

https://www.boatcanvasfactory.com/
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I will check into as well...
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Check out the Calcutta cat boats that have them. A buddy has one and it’s setup sweet. Basically it has 2 carbon fiber poles and the shade cover material. The t-top has 2 hollow pieces of tube welded to them and you put the poles in them and it stays tight and all above you so you can fish normally. The front is setup the same as the rear so you can move it or have both ends of the boat covered
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I bought a Neso beach tent. I ditched the poles that come with it and use two boat hooks in the rear rod holders. I also got rid of the ropes and use velcro straps to the boat hooks and the hand rails on the roof. It's good for slow speed cruising; but, really catches the wind if you go too fast. It was $100 on Amazon.
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I used two paint roller poles and the wife sewed up some fabric. We put a few grommets in the ends of the fabric. Just used big ty-wraps to secure the poles alongside my t-top frame.

Release each side of the paint poles and slide them out. I don't have a lot of money in this and it didnt take long to prepare the fabric. It's effective and has been up for the past 3-4 years...

I'll add pictures when I get to the shop in a few hours..

Here are links to some recent threads:
T top boat shade options?
https://www.thehulltruth.com/boating-forum/1011361-t-top-rear-shade.html?1011361=#post12569141

T-top or Bimini top shade extension
Taylormade T-top Boat Shade Kit



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