Reel Shade Umbrella
After reading the comments about the bracket blowing off of the seat, I decided that I would not screw into the seat back - there's not much for the screws to bite into, anyway.
My first mod was good (photo 1), but I wanted more height on the umbrella. (See photo 2.) This is easy to do with two feet of 1x6 whiteboard and some 1 in. x 1/8. in aluminum. The ends of the aluminum strips are bolted into the top seat hinge hole. I removed the original bolt and replaced it with a longer one, putting about 8 washers between the seat hinge and the aluminum. This space is needed for the wood.
In the first mod, I wanted bolts, not screws holding the plastic brackets, so I bolted them to the wood through the back. Second mod is a little different. The added piece of 1x2 sticks out on the ends because that's they were cut and painted for a different project and I was too lazy to re-cut them at the camp. The paint was plain ol' gray primer in a spray can.
April 21, 2011
Excellent Sunscreen to beat the heat
I've been wanting these for a while now. Ordered two of them and eventually order two more for my jon boat. I agree with everthing the first reviewer said about these shade umbrella's. These babies will hold in some pretty stiff wind too, although I didn't intend for them to take that kind of abuse, but its nice to know they won't break easily while you're preparing to put them away. I was surprised the mount was as solid as it was. Sometimes you find a good thing only to have the weak spot ruin it for you - not so with this one. Now I can fish with the sun beating down all it wants to (now if I can only protect my legs besides wearing pants ;-) ).
March 4, 2008
This has to be one of the best ideas to come along in a while. The mount is solid and substantial. The umbrella is large enough to cover you while seated and is high enough to not interfere with casting. The mount adjusts the umbrella vertically past 90 degrees so sun from the front of you is shaded. I bought two and plan to buy another for my lawn mower!
July 11, 2006
Bought two of these for my Carolina Skiff. The first time I used, the wing nut loosened up and the umbrella fell and ripped the stitching around the tip of the rib. Hardware rusts with only high humidity exposure. The main quality issue I have is the stability of the colors. These were stored on the covered deck of my boat. The blue color faded to a buff color. They were not exposed to UV, just heat. The handles are painted wood. Over time the paint peels off . Nor good for only a one time use.
October 16, 2013