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To avoid sunburn while sailing, it is important to protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays. This can be done by applying sunscreen with a high SPF (at least 30) to all exposed skin, wearing protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts and pants, and wearing a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face and head. Additionally, try to stay in the shade as much as possible, and avoid sailing during the peak hours of sun exposure, which are typically from 10 am to 4 pm. It’s also a good idea to bring sun-protective clothing, such as UV-blocking shirts and pants, or UV-blocking rash guards for water activities.


Boats are generally equipped with sunshades which will protect passengers from direct sunlight or bad weather conditions.These are canopy , hard-top and bimini.


  • A canopy is a cover that can be placed over the cockpit of a sailboat to provide shade and protection from the sun.
  • Hardtops are a permanent addition to the boat, typically made of fiberglass or metal, and can provide a large area of shade.
  • A Bimini top is a retractable canopy that attaches to the top of the boat’s frame and can be used to provide shade for the cockpit or seating areas. It can be used when the boat is at anchor, docked or underway.


These can provide a significant amount of shade for passengers and crew, and can help to protect against sunburn and sun damage. It’s important to note that these canopies, hardtops and bimini’s alone may not provide full sun protection, so it’s still important to wear sunscreen and protective clothing while sailing.