I've been kind of mulling over building a canopy for the boat for a while. Today I was strolling through the scrapyard looking for some material to make rod holders for the boat and I happened across a bunch of 1 1/2" aluminum pipe that looked perfect for canopy building. I forgot all about the rod holders, scooped up some some lengths of pipe, and plunked down my $24 :smile2:. The idea is to make it all pin together with the little pins that have the wire keeper on them so I can keep it in the boat as about 8 or 9 lengths of pipe and angle wrapped in a tarp (the "roof") and bungied to the side and put it up (and take it down) in about 5 minutes when I want some shade or to keep the rain off. I didn't have the right size pipe to make the "sockets" to hold my uprights, so I had to split some short pieces of pipe. I welded them in between some pieces of angle for mounting brackets. You can see from the first pic how I made them. I set them up so even with the slope of the side of the boat they'll stick up at a 90 deg. angle. Right now it's just over 6' high, which I like because I can stand under it, but I may shorten it a bit, not sure. This weekend I'll make the framework to support the top. I think I'll make it about 8' long and I'm sure it'll be 8' wide so the edges are outside the boat so rain won't run off the roof into the boat. It was kind of spur of the moment so I'm still working out the details, but I think it'll work pretty well when it's done.