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Thread: Sun Pads

  1. #1
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    Question Sun Pads

    I am getting the impression that one does not leave the sun pad fastened on the bow while underway. Are my impressions justified? What is the logic behind this option?

    Thanks

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    Re: Sun Pads

    I have always left my sun pad on....When I got the boat I had extra straps put on the pad !!
    As I found out on the first ride it went up and over the top!!!!

    __TODD____
    96' 400 Sedan Bridge 7.4 MPI

    02' 360 Sundancer...
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    Re: Sun Pads

    I wouldn't have a problem leaving mine up while underway. Not sure what SR you have, but on mine it's attached to rails with 8 straps and 16 snaps. It's very secure.
    Previous boats
    2006 SeaRay 300DA. Twin 350 Horizon Bravo 3's
    2004 SeaRay 260DA. 350 MPI Bravo 3
    2003 SeaRay 220SD. 260 MPI Alpha 1
    1988 Wellcraft 210 Classic. 260 HP 5.7 EFI Bravo

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    Re: Sun Pads

    I just had a canvas cover for the pad made this passed week. I got tired of never having it when somebody wanted it and having to remove and store it when nobody wanted it. So I had a semi-custom canvas made to snap over it that matches the bimini canvas. It actually looks really sharp. Now it will always be with us . I know Frank H (Impulse III) has the same cover also on his 410DA's bow...which BTW is for sale...his boat that is....he's throwing in the canvas for free...
    Later,

    Dom



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    Uhh. Lets see now this is Club Sea Ray. Right?
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    Re: Sun Pads

    Never use the sun pad. It stays very nicely rolled up and stowed away.

    What's the point of covering one's self with #55 sunscreen to avoid skin cancer, and then going out to sweat in the sun instead of staying nice and comfy under the bimini?

    Best regards,
    Frank C

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    Re: Sun Pads

    Honestly, we missed it more when we were at marinas and during July 4th fireworks...

    My daughter and her friends love to hang on the bow when we are at anchor....she's always asking for it....now it's there...and she'll probably never use it, but I love all the space it freed up in my shed by leaving it on the bow....
    Later,

    Dom



  7. #7
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    Re: Sun Pads

    Our sun pad came with a stern warning to NOT leave it on the bow when not in use since it may affect the gel coat.

    That's all I needed to read.

    We will strap it on when we are out for the day, but dependant on wind conditions and travel speed that day, it may have to be removed. We generally run very low speeds most of the day, or end up in a favourite bay on the hook for several hours.

    It's a great option and we are glad to have it, but my suggestion is be careful if leaving it on full time, more so from the gel coat persepective, than any other.
    '08 330DA PROPAGANDA
    8.1S Horizon|V-Drive
    Rockport, Ontario, CANADA

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    Thumbs up Re: Sun Pads

    Quote Originally Posted by spimik View Post
    Our sun pad came with a stern warning to NOT leave it on the bow when not in use since it may affect the gel coat.

    That's all I needed to read...
    Thanks now I can readily buy that answer. I completely overlooked the gel-coat finish, as it seemed to me if it was securely fastened it should not be an issue.


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    Re: Sun Pads

    It sure would be "nice" to leave it on all the time- ours is big and bulky and hard to move around. Especially challenging getting it from the bow to the cockpit for storage when we leave the boat.

    The gel coat warning however has me paying attention.
    '08 330DA PROPAGANDA
    8.1S Horizon|V-Drive
    Rockport, Ontario, CANADA

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    Re: Sun Pads

    Thanks for the pitch Dom...We have had the sun pad canvas for about 4 years now and the sun pad looks new. I take the canvas cover and sun pads off about every 3rd time I wash the boat and clean the gel coat under the pads. No yellowing or discoloration of any kind. Plus, as Dominic says, the black canvas cover looks really good on the bow of the boat. I'll see if I can find a picture but it is a worth while investment.

    Buy my sun pad cover and I will throw the boat in for free! Matter of fact, call within the next 30 minutes and I will throw in some Ginsu knives!!!!
    Frank H.
    FBHO MOLON LABE

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