Boat Shade Kit
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T-Top Boat Shade Kits are designed to be very flexible and positioned in many ways.
Primarily they are installed on the stern of the boat to provide shade for the cockpit area. When the Sun starts to get low on the horizon you can lower the poles to the lowest position and make it a slant back and this will allow water to run off if you’re caught in a rain shower.
In some cases you may be able to use the shade kit in the bow section of the boat. You’ll need rod holders for the telescoping poles to use as a bow canopy or you can attach the shade down to the bow rails and or cleats to make a tent like area. The shade has tabs on the side so that you can attach webbing straps to it and pull the sides down for more coverage.
Note: Shade kits are for temporary use while you’re using the boat. They are not designed to be left up permanently. Also, they are not intended to be used as rain protection. They may provide some protection in light rain conditions, however water will saturate through the shade and it will begin to drip.
T-Top Boat Shade Kit Easy Maintenance
The best way to keep your Boat Shade fabric looking good is to spray your cover off with clear water when needed. This helps prevent dirt or bird droppings from becoming deeply embedded in the fabric.
We recommend that you clean your Boat Shade following these simple steps:
- Wipe off any loose dirt
- Spray with clear water only
- Use a soft cotton rag to wipe clean
- Rinse thoroughly until all dirt or droppings are removed
- Air dry
NEVER USE A CLEANING CHEMICAL OR SPRAY TO CLEAN THE SHADE. IT MAY REMOVE THE REFLECTIVE COATING.
NEVER ADD A WATER REPELENT TO SHADE, IT MAY DESTROY THE REFLECTIVE COATING.
T-Top Boat Shade made with
We manufacture our own heavy duty anodized aluminum telescoping poles. We use the same piping that the T-Top frames are made of. The telescope poles adjust from 42 in. to 72 in. and mount into standard rod holders. (2 Poles Included with Kit)
Each kit includes two adjustable 1” wide polyester webbing straps with a loop on one end and a grommet on the other end. Once they’re attached to your boat and poles, they lock the poles and shade into your boat and this allows you to run with the shade kit installed.
Included with your kit is a set of 9 - 6” long double sided Velcro strips. These are used after you have installed your Boat Shade kit and the ends of the webbing straps are left hanging. Simply roll the excess webbing strap up and wrap a Velcro strip around it and secure it to webbing connector strap. They can be used for any loose ends.
Your BSK will be contained quite nicely in the storage provided. It has an over the shoulder strap which makes it easy to carry if you don’t store the shade kit on the boat. It zippers the whole length of the bag making it easy to install or remove the shade kit. The polyester material is lightweight and breathable. The dimension of the bag is 48" x 10" and easily stowes away in the boat.
Essential Accessories for Special Applications:
1.) Suction Cups:
Attachment points may not be accessable on hard tops for the shade kit to attach to. We recomend Sea Sucker Suction Cups like used above; one on either end of the hard top. You may use a cross strap paired with the suction cups if there are no attachment points at all. In some cases you may need suction cups in the middle to prevent sagging.
2.) 5' Webbing Straps -
If you choose to not utlize our telescoping poles you have other installation options on the bow of your boat. Simply install to the front of your T-Top and stretch forward to bow rails and/or cleats utlizing the pull tabs on the side of your shade. We sell 5' Webbing Straps (pictured above attached to the cleats) that you can use also.
The straps are also great for those who lack connection points to start with. Using a set of the 5' webbing straps you can connect two around the T-Top in order to install the shade where you desire.