|Jeanie Jeep's Awning|
|Full Flight's Boom Tent|
Boom Tent Mark 1 was constructed at anchor off Croabh in Scotland over last summer (yes we did get a few hot days). It simply made use of the eyelets down each 5m side, two lengths of cheap polypropylene string and a bag of black plastic hooks. Then it was an hour or so's effort by the pair of us to lace the string alternately through the eyelets and hooks. The end result was not only a cooling gap over the main cabin but also a huge amount of extra shaded space on deck. With the sprayhood down the space under the boom is easily accessible and I can foresee a sprawl of cushions and blankets taking up residence here when in port or at anchor as it is almost certainly an extra room with a view for lounging in reading, knitting, snoozing or simply watching the world go by. To take it down and set the awning up now is a doodle, spread it over the boom, hook it on and adjust the tension on the strings.
|Shaded cabin top|
|5m of tape sewn in|
Other ideas gleaned from examining boat awnings in recent months may be implemented at a later date as the design evolves;
- battens (bendy tent poles?) across the boat to lift the outer edges so you can walk rather than sidle hunched over along the side decks with supports from the lazy jacks and/or the topping lift
- side curtains to keep the rain out making the space an ideal place for drying laundry on wet days.
- rain catchers to collect water for our tanks.
As for the second awning there are a number of ideas clamouring to use its 25 square metres of fabric:
- A replacement dinghy cover - the one we have is rapidly succumbing to UV
- Jerry can covers though the skipper has pointed out that they could cost more than replacement cans!
- A triangular shade for the foredeck