Ideal for everything from water-draining bags to windshield covers, marine mesh offers a practical solution to a myriad of marine-related jobs. Sailrite® stocks top-quality marine mesh fabric options by Phifertex®, Phifertex Plus, Soltis® and more. Marine mesh is an airy, woven fabric engineered to allow light and air to pass through. With that being said, some water-resistant mesh materials from Sailrite do offer significant shade factor, so they’ll help protect you and your boat from damaging UV rays without limiting airflow. You’ll find everything from decorative outdoor mesh fabric to heavy-duty nylon mesh fabric at Sailrite.com.
Using this fabric netting material, you can craft DIY boat enclosure window screens, roller shades, patio furniture cushions, heat-filtering structural awnings, RV and yacht window covers, place mats and more. We also have UV inhibited trampoline mesh designed for catamaran trampolines offering firm, comfortable support. When choosing the right mesh for your vessel, you’ll want to consider how much light you want to pass through. Most of these open-weave fabrics are rated for shade factor — the higher the rating, the less sun will pass through. Sailrite’s team is always available to help you decide on an appropriate mesh fabric.
If you have a boat with a large windshield, we recommend using protective outdoor mesh fabric to make a boat windshield sun shade. You can use high-performance Phifertex Plus Marine Mesh for this job, as it offers about a 90% shade factor. If you prefer more light in the cabin, you can use Phifertex Mesh, which offers a shade factor of about 70%. Phifertex mesh fabric is made of 100% vinyl-coated polyester, so it’s ideal for applications requiring extra strength and dimensional stability. The Plus line offers a bit more privacy and comes in more decorative colors and patterns for applications such as roller shades. Another great fabric to protect large windshields on your boat is Soltis 86. The extra-wide width of Soltis 86 means you can better cover large windshields without seams to disrupt your view if that's a concern.