Sitting in the cockpit waiting for a bite on a sweltering summer day can leave your anglers feeling like pieces of well-done meat. Installing misters in the cockpit and urging your anglers to cover up and wear sunscreen helps, but there’s no substitute for escaping the sun altogether. Unfortunately, most cockpits offer little to no shade, especially once the sun gets lower in the sky.
While supervising the construction of our new G&S Gladius, we installed some splash guards up against the house to keep spray out of the back when running in windy weather. Once I saw them in place, it gave me an idea: I figured we could offer at least a bit more shade by stretching a piece of Stamoid marine fabric in the same spot as well. We cut the Stamoid the same shape as the splash guard, and attached it using snaps.
The resulting shaded area not only looks pretty sharp, but it can be raised and lowered at will and should provide some shelter from the heat for a fellow tucked into each corner.