Canvas Sun Shade Extension Question

Discussion in 'Modifications/Customizations' started by M Prod, Jun 14, 2018.

  1. M Prod

    M Prod Active Member GOLD Sponsor

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    Oct 6, 2017
    North Vancouver, BC
    2005 Sundancer 340
    Aquapro Dinghy w/ Honda 8hp
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    I was looking into having a custom made sun shade extension done to cover the aft seating since the sun shade that extends from my radar arch aft, offers little to no shade for this area. I contacted a company here in North Vancouver, and they quoted me $3800CAD ...so roughly $3000USD. This seems HIGH, correct? They would have to fabricate the frame, but STILL. Just to be clear, here's what I'm asking:

    This is my current setup with the slant back installed:

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    And what I would like to add

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    I guess I could always buy a beach umbrella. Ugh
     
  2. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    1988 Proline Center Console - 90hp Mariner/Mercury
    1969 Boston Whaler
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    I have been working on a plan for a 100% removable rear cover. The cover would zip the the factory canvas and attach to removable poles in the rear. There was a discussion of something similar a while ago. @saopm posted a picture but I know longer see it in the post. It would require two rod holders and extendable poles. I was planning on using a tensioning system to attach the cover via small pulleys and v-cleats.

    This is one of the "products" that we have been tossing around developing.

    -Kevin
     
  3. M Prod

    M Prod Active Member GOLD Sponsor

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    Something like this? This utilizes the fishing rod holders and is 'stretchy.'

    TopBimini.jpg
     
  4. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    1988 Proline Center Console - 90hp Mariner/Mercury
    1969 Boston Whaler
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    Similar. The one I have been toying around with in planning would be Sunbrella Canvas - anything "stretchy" in the sun I feel will eventually break down. The rear corners would have stainless D-Loops sewn in that we would attach via a cord with a snap to and then the cord (like paracord) would run through a pulley at the top of the pole. You would pull down and lock when tensioned into a v-cleat mounted on the pole. The canvas would zip into the factory zipper mount on the sun shade attached to the arch.

    -Kevin
     
  5. M Prod

    M Prod Active Member GOLD Sponsor

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    That sounds perfect. Got any prototypes you need ‘tested’? Ha

    I’d buy that if you could get it here by July 8th when we head out to Desolation Sound for two weeks. Might just have to bite the bullet on this ridiculous cost quoted to me. We need shade.
     
  6. Jon Paul

    Jon Paul Member

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    Sep 24, 2013
    Phoenix
    2006 Sundancer 340
    8.1 V drives
    Had mine extended for about 1800.00. I also have the soft top option so it was a bit harder.
     
  7. Todd320

    Todd320 Active Member

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  8. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    1988 Proline Center Console - 90hp Mariner/Mercury
    1969 Boston Whaler
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    I would not. Here is an idea I have seen before. If you use the white Table in the cockpit drill a hole in the center by the pole and insert a fold down umbrella.

    -Kevin
     
  9. J.Wilt

    J.Wilt Active Member SILVER Sponsor

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    Jan 29, 2010
    W. Mich. / Lake Michigan
    420 Sundancer 2005
    Cumming 6cta V Drives
    Highfield 310 , 15hp Mercury
    We are in the process of having a sunshade made out of Sunbrella Contour Fabric. https://www.sunbrella.com/en-us/textiles/shade/collections/sunbrella-contour
    Having our marina make it for around $1300.00, it will zip to the current zippers already on the back of the hard top, they installed two rod holders where extendable poles will attach to the back corners of the sunshade. will post pictures if it ever gets done, been waiting 5 months!
     
  10. Jeremygavin

    Jeremygavin Member SILVER Sponsor

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    Mar 6, 2012
    Cape Cod, MA
    2011 520 Sedan Bridge
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    Mercury 150 Fourstroke
    CE84B305-ACF4-4B31-B2BA-CAB34E153C96.jpeg D9D7A76C-10C4-493D-9866-C8242E6A5217.jpeg 4DB90B37-7301-4969-99EC-0EA1E0DD7B6F.jpeg I had one made for my 340da. I got the poles from canvas designers in FL and then had the shade itself made locally. The poles were about $1500. I paid more because mine are collapsable, I needed that to store them under the stern seat easily. The shade itself cost me about $500 to have made. It goes up quick and I went with regular sunbrella so that I can use it as a rain cover as well. I bought very heavy duty off shore style rod holders and put large backing plates on them so it doesn’t crack the gunnel. It is secure but the only downfall is I don’t feel comfortable running too fast with it.
     
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  11. saopm

    saopm Member

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    Oct 6, 2010
    North Fork - Long Island, NY
    2007 340 Sundancer
    Mercury 8.1s Inboards
    Here is the pic of mine I posted a while back. If you are looking for quick shade, then this is the way to go. Very easy to put up and take down.

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  12. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    1988 Proline Center Console - 90hp Mariner/Mercury
    1969 Boston Whaler
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    Yep, that's the one I remember! @Jeremygavin s is the same concept. I hope to have a template sometime this summer. @M Prod, sorry will not anything by the time of your trip.

    -Kevin
     
  13. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer, Raymarine C80 suite with radar, Mercury 310 Hypalon w/8hp Yammie 2stk
    2X 454 carbs w/ vDrives
    Here is what I do. I have a beige triangle sun sail shade (bought from Home Depot online.). Wide side draped over the rear Bimini and tied to hand holds on the side window frame. The point extends back and I simply use my extendible boat hook as a temp pole. Sits on top of the transom with a single rope tiring it down to a swim platform grab bar. Looks decent and gives good shade. You could buy a square one and use two boat hooks in rod holders if you have them. I will try to find a picture of mine set up. It's not as "ghetto" as it sounds.

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  14. M Prod

    M Prod Active Member GOLD Sponsor

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    Thats really all I need. Where did you get that if you don’t mind me asking?
     
  15. villain style

    villain style Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

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  16. M Prod

    M Prod Active Member GOLD Sponsor

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  17. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

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  18. villain style

    villain style Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 10, 2006
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    IMG_2400.JPG Hey Mike - I actually had it on my 2006 340 for 3 years.
     
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  19. M Prod

    M Prod Active Member GOLD Sponsor

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    Thanks Mark ...I showed that to my wife, and she was all about it ...especially the price. Still waiting on hearing back on another custom estimate, but might have to jump on this.
     
  20. M Prod

    M Prod Active Member GOLD Sponsor

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    Oct 6, 2017
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    That actually looks really good Creekwood. I was looking at those at homedepot.ca as well as Wayfair. Problem is I have a black canvas and (wanting them to match) options in black seem slim to none. I suppose white would work too, but it would probably get dirty really fast.
     

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