A major consideration in design for a large sail boat is to keep the awnings of a size which enable easy handling, storage and which allow options in terms of placement.
Eg :- On a Hunter
- the aft awning should overlap the Cockpit awning, the Cockpit awning overlaps the Saloon awning , the Saloon awning overlaps the Forward awning.
Consider the option of the awning over the Helm to be positioned under the boom if necessary
(eg when motoring a short distance etc)
Each overlap allows the breeze at anchor or on a mooring to move through the created slot.
Consider using Mainsail battens instead of poles (these stow easily) Also look at the stiffners
used in modern light weight tents.
IF YOU USE SUNBRELLA
Here are the Sunbrealla Care instructions :-
When cleaning Sunbrella fabrics, it is important to observe the following:
1. Always use a natural soap. Never detergent.
2. Water should be cold to lukewarm. Never more than 100 degrees.
3. Air dry only. Never apply heat to Sunbrella fabrics.
If you are cleaning Sunbrella while still on a frame or on a boat, follow these simple steps:
1. Brush off loose dirt.
2. Hose down.
3. Prepare a cleaning mixture of water and mild, natural soap (no detergents).
4. Use a soft bristle brush to clean.
5. Allow soap to soak in.
6. Rinse thoroughly.
7. Air dry.
If stubborn stains persist, you can use a diluted chlorine bleach/soap mixture for spot cleaning of mildew, roof run-off and other similar stains.
Prepare a special cleaning mixture:
Four ounces (half cup) of chlorine bleach.
Two ounces (one-fourth cup) of natural soap.
One gallon of water.
Clean with soft bristle brush.
Allow mixture to soak for up to 20 minutes.
Repeat if necessary.