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Old 07-21-2008, 08:39 PM
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I just bought the anchor shade for the 4th to please the wife,but have not used it yet. After reading all this I am worried about using it on the Gulf coast.DAMN WIFE
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...to put some shade over the cockpit?
Wait for rain... if your from around here this summer it won;t be long...
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Old 07-21-2008, 09:13 PM
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I own both the anchor shade and a bimini .I've used the shade once and use the bimini every weekend. The Bimini is better in the wind & rain and also can be left up while underway up till about 40 mph. It is also much easier to set up n break down.
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Old 07-21-2008, 09:43 PM
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Sorry but IMHO Anchor Shade sucks..... unless you live in an area where there's NO WIND.....which if you live near the ocean is ohhhhhh.....NEVER....

I bought an Anchor shade two months ago based on recommendations here and other places and it broke the 3rd or 4th time I used it due to a 10-15 mph sea breeze....

It's not fun when you're trying to enjoy your day with the family and the wind blows your anchorshade over with a 9 month old kid sitting on the back seat and then the umbrella wont close because it's fukked up and you have to use a pair of dikes to cut it apart....

I took the umbrella apart and replaced the CHEEZY AZZ aluminim wire they have holding it all together and replaced it with a stainless steel shift cable....

Total waste of $150.. get a bimini if wind is a problem for you..
I agree, it is very Janky equipment. We used ours twice last year and haven't opened it since. Another issue is that in a 36' Apache it is very tough to move about the cockpit when the thing is set up.
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Old 07-21-2008, 10:58 PM
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There's a 51OL on our dock that just had a Bimini installed... It's top notch and it's guaranteed up to 80 mph!

I may need to get me one of them!
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Old 07-21-2008, 11:18 PM
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I bought an Anchor Shade this year. Gives good shade but makes it difficult to move around the cockpit with it up. For the money, it seems to do it's job okay.
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Old 07-21-2008, 11:40 PM
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Advantage side/side front bolsters.

With the split front bolsters, 'tis true; the pole is right in the middle of everything.

There is a shop here in Richmond that has made several bimini tops for friends that are guaranteed up to 80 mph.
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Old 07-21-2008, 11:48 PM
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You can also tie-strap some rods in the channels to give it extra rigidity in the wind. Mine is 5 years old used and abused but still doin' the do...BUT it's not worth the $199 retail. Go for theother brands for $99.
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Old 07-22-2008, 08:04 AM
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Overton's latest catalog has Anchor Shades for $159 and is offering 10% off any purchase over $150 and I think it said free shipping, too, so that makes it ~ $143.
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anchor shade,but it can be kinda of pain in the ... in the wind.the price is right though.
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