Downeast aft cockpit shade ideas

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  1. CaptainHinckley

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    Wondering what you guys do for stern shade on the blistering hot days.
    We have seen some boats with what looks like mesh tarps and others with sunbrella fabric with poles in the rod holders that seem semi permanent but keep all stern activity options open. have seen some store bought umbrellas we don’t care for aesthetically but getting something custom built is winter work. Pictures?
     
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    O Degree rod holders and picnic table umbrellas.

    Preferably with beer advertisement on them...:D

    ..or search function.

    Cockpit Sun Shade
     
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    Customer of mine made these telescoping poles for his cockpit cover, he does some nice work.
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    Birdsall Marine manufactures extendable poles with pulley blocks that will fit into rod holders. I’m thinking of buying a pair. Looks fairly simple to install a tarp and they can be stowed away when not in use.
     
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    This is what we had made, top is Sunbrella and sides are a mesh see through material and the poles were made from stainless Steel hand railings. We call it “SPF 1000” it was a relief to have the shade during the 95 degree temps we had here on the Chesapeake Bay over the 4th of July.
     

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    Do you have a link for those Birdsall poles? The ones I found are almost 600 bucks and that cant be right, I hope anyway.
     
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    We had a semi custom one made I’ll post some pics soon
     
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    I had a custom one made, rolls up under overhang. when rolled out attaches to stainless polls that are in rod holders, sunbrella fabric, most effective.
     
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    Here's the link for Birdsall Rear Shade Poles (Only)

    I need 7' poles, Paul from Marine Manifolds in Farmingdale NY made mine. I think he changed me $350 for the pair he also made my SS Exhust Manifolds.
     
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    A little beta testing with the shade this morning before I head off to work. I need longer poles in the stern and a better way to attach everything but I think it'll work, and at the moment I'm all of 60 dollars into it.
     

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    That looks good. Much less than I spent
     
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    This came with my boat, pretty simple rectangle, just tie it on. And tie the corners onto two scrub brush poles (or awning poles) in the corner rod holders.
     

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    Thanks Jim, wish I had thought about doing it 3 weeks ago, I’ll be home August first and finish it up and post some more pictures.
     
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    Some great solutions on here!

    Ours is pretty darn permanent, which is a pain sometimes. Two biggest drawbacks: It hinders the ability to communicate with the folks in the cockpit when driving from the bridge, and it detracts from the simple DE lines.

    It isn't as big an issue for fishing as I initially thought though. Drifting, chumming, jigging, trolling are all very do-able with a little forethought. The vast amount of shade is a blessing when it's hot as balls out, and all of the pipework provides handy lashing points, handholds, and storage. Still need to add more rodholders...

    Definitely not for everyone, but setups like this seem to be pretty popular on the Bay.

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    I had my yard engage a local vendor for me. They installed fabric with a zipper on the aft portion of my roof overhang. I use that zipper connection for (1) a cockpit cover (teak decks) at the mooring (snaps on side, straps on stern); and (2) a cockpit shade that goes over a portable SS frame (3 pieces that snap together) that uses my aft rod holders and straps to the same spots on the transom as the cockpit cover. No pictures at present, although if interested I could try to get some this w/e.
     
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    Interesting solutions to a problem I don't have.;)
     

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    A friend of mine picked me up an 8x10 outdoor sunshade from Ikea for $25. Just need to get some poles for my rod holders and string it up.
     

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