Shadetree boat awning systems are the answer to the boaters need for protection from sun and rain while at anchor or in port. Modeling the design on dome tent technology, Shadetrees are self-supported fabric structures. Flexible carbon/fiberglass wands support a coated Dacron fabric canopy. This self-supporting feature eliminates the need to hold up the awning with a halyard, and makes setup and take down an efficient process.
Ventilation is improved with Shadetree as hatches and companionways are covered rain or shine. The "tunnel" shape of the Shadetree provides shade at all sun angles, and reduces the effects of blowing rain and channels breezes over the deck, reducing cabin temperatures. The Shadetree works well with biminis and dodgers also. The Shadetree system is in use all over the world. Read what some happy Shadetree owners say about their Shadetree in our Testimonials section. Why don't you join them and relax under a Shadetree?
RECTANGULAR Shadetree models cover the boat from the mast aft, where the boat is most consistent in beam width. Using support wands of identical lengths forms a uniform dome shape over the boat. A 36" split in the aft, center of the canopy allows topping lifts to pass through for further aft placement. A Shadetree over the companionway and cockpit creates shady comfort on board and provides more dry usable space when sunshine turns liquid. The Shadetree can in most cases also be mounted on the lower lifeline. This brings the canopy edge to within several inches of the upper lifeline, further increasing shade and privacy.
TAPERED Shadetree models cover the boat forward of the mast, where the beam width tapers, or aft on boats with dramatically pinched sterns. By using support wands of graduated lengths and tapering the cut of the fabric, the canopy conforms to the reduction in beam while maintaining its domed shape. To allow for rigging such as staysail stays to pass through the canopy, a split in the center of the canopy can be created. The split is reinforced and made water tight with Velcro closure flaps. Rigging splits on forward awning will be quoted based on measurements provided by the customer. A Shadetree on the bow assures a cooler V-berth and allows forward hatches to be open in varied weather.