2017 Award of Excellence Marine Miscellaneous
The Skipper and Owner asked me to design and fit five shade sails, the Front Deck, Bridge Deck,
Helicopter Deck, Mezzanine Deck and the Aft Dive Platform/pool Deck.
The light-weight sails are easy to fit and remove, waterproof and also work in conjunction with the removable pole system. They achieve architectural flow to the areas in question. They must be extremely strong, while compacting into the custom storage bags supplied.
What was the purpose of this project? What did the client request?
To create areas on the boat for the owner and guests to stay cool and reduce sun exposure.
There are four separate places on board for different groups to have privacy.
This allows different spaces to go, depending on the boat being anchored or in a marina,
so the guests could follow the breezes.
What is unique or complex about the project?
There were many challenges in the designing of these sails.
These are just a few.
No.1 Keeping them as flat as possible as head room was an issue.
This required central spine’s, to flow water away from the middle of the sails.
No.2 The Helicopter deck sail, having to mount around hand rail’s with zip systems
strong enough to take the huge pressures involved.
No.3 Front deck. Working with the existing support pole system originally built for a shade mesh awning.
What were the results of the project?
The skipper and essentially the owner was ecstatic with the end results.
It gave them the different area’s to entertain the guests and especially to keep them sun safe and cool.
Producer: Serge Ferrari
Supplier: Bainbridge Australia
Designed, Fabricated and Installed by
Dave Elliott and Aaron Stumer