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Old 12-14-2020, 06:44 PM
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I am purchasing a 32' center console with new and unused 15' Taco outriggers. They do not even have line in them. I am considering using them to create a forward sail shade to be used at anchor. I reviewed several older relevant threads and found the Gemlux shade product. It comes in four sizes and it certainly looks like it most likely would work, but several people have already detailed that Gemlux will not sell it to you unless you have Gemlux outriggers. I will contact the company to see if they have softened their position. In any case, does anyone have any other ideas? I would really like to try to use the existing new outriggers for this purpose. I realize this may not be the ideal solution, but it seems to me that it is worth a try.

Even if this shade does not work as well in the bow as I hoped, it appears that it would work at anchor over the stern.

Many thanks for all input!
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Why screw around with an outrigger mount. Rod holder mounted poles are easier.


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rodholder mount for sure. Too easy and fast/
Old 12-15-2020, 03:46 AM
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Originally Posted by billablehours View Post
Why screw around with an outrigger mount. Rod holder mounted poles are easier.

Forward pole holes are facing aft so I would need to start making holes and adding two more forward to have a shade I assume.
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The outriggers need to be at a certain spread angle in order for the shade to fit. The gemlux mounts are designed to lock into the correct angle for their shade to fit. Taco bases do not lock into this angle. That is why they say you need their bases for their shade. Nothing sinister or selfish about it.
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Originally Posted by Busydoingnothing View Post
I am purchasing a 32' center console with new and unused 15' Taco outriggers. They do not even have line in them. I am considering using them to create a forward sail shade to be used at anchor. I reviewed several older relevant threads and found the Gemlux shade product. It comes in four sizes and it certainly looks like it most likely would work, but several people have already detailed that Gemlux will not sell it to you unless you have Gemlux outriggers. I will contact the company to see if they have softened their position. In any case, does anyone have any other ideas? I would really like to try to use the existing new outriggers for this purpose. I realize this may not be the ideal solution, but it seems to me that it is worth a try.

Even if this shade does not work as well in the bow as I hoped, it appears that it would work at anchor over the stern.

Many thanks for all input!
I’m sure they’ll sell you whatever you want to buy ,how would they know what outrigger bases you have ? That being said like mentioned above this post the Gem shade won’t work because other brand bases won’t lock into the correct position to maintain pressure on the shade.
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Originally Posted by billablehours View Post
Why screw around with an outrigger mount. Rod holder mounted poles are easier.

Who made yours, what brand?
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Anyone else have any input?
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I’ll but the outriggers all you
Old 12-23-2020, 08:49 PM
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Rod holder mounted shade here also. Cheaper than a bent/broken outrigger and takes me 2 minutes to deploy. $80 all in.


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Originally Posted by Sandpiper John View Post
Who made yours, what brand?
That is not my boat but I have the same boat and shade. The canvas guy for Prowler made it. Angled bow rod holders are useful not just for shade.

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