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High-Class Quick-Fit Awnings

sunFLIP is a superlight awning system designed for quick assembly and dismantling. The system is extremely variable and can therefore be applied to a wide range of situations. Every sunFLIP system is optimised for the specific purpose and produced based on orders.

Basically the system concept is to set individually shaped sun awnings between free standing carbon poles, and various attachment points on the ship super structure. The sunFLIP quick release fittings and the extremely strong but light carbon poles combined result in a very strong system which can be set up and taken off quickly, at any time. 

Definitel, sunFLIP is THE awning system of choice when it comes to super yachts and definitely the optimum with regards to style and aesthetics, resilience, weight, handling and durability.

[sunFLIP System Sizes]

For yachts from 30m to 200m loa

sunFLIP · System Sizes

sunFLIP is available in three sizes:

· sunFLIP 80 with 80mm poles;
· sunFLIP 120 with 120mm poles;
· sunFLIP 145 with 145mm poles.

sunFLIP poles are processed and equipped individually meaning that the sunFLIP system offers full variability and adaptability for each individual application case. The supports are fairedand coated with a high-gloss 2k polyurethane coating system. Clear varnish also is an option available.

More Information - System Sizes

[Carbon Poles]

80mm, 120mm, 145mm

sunFLIP carbon poles · optimised technology

sunFLIP carbon poles are not just simple carbon pipes; they represent the optimum performance in technology for this application. Through a long series of experiments with numerous load and breaking tests in our own workshop, we have optimised the poles’ laminate structure.

In addition to the advantages that are normally experienced when using carbon, such as it being lightweight, stable and corrosion resistant, sunFLIP posts also offer you the following advantages that are not offered by competitors:

· Low distortion under pressure;
· Completely compatible components, especially with
  regards to load bearing scenarios;
· Optimum fit with very little clearance in pipe supports;
· On request, the tensioning system can be supplied
  with pre-determined breaking points;
· Ideal corrosion resistance due to the fact that
  where ever possible we avoid to use aluminium
  and other corrosion-prone materials.

Flat Top Cap

The closing cap for the sunFLIP posts shown above is made from 1.4404 stainless steel block material. All Reckmann stainless steel fittings are made from this highly corrosion-resistant and polishable alloy.

We can supply this cap manually high-gloss polished, which is our standard, or painted.

The advantage of this system is that the top bracket can be removed whenever necessary to allow optimal access to the tensioning system inside the pipe.

Sloped Top Cap

On request, we can also supply slanted top caps that are made from 1.4404 stainless steel and milled from block material. These can also be high-gloss polished or, alternatively, painted. They, too, can be removed.

High gloss polished Sheave Boxes

sunFLIP roller boxes have mirror polished stainless steel housings, discs and axles. The stainless steel discs run on a bronze bushing. All visual surfaces and the heads of fixing bolts are mirror polished by hand.

sunFLIP roller boxes are a Reckmann design and are manufactured and used exclusively for the sunFLIP system.

poleLIGHT · athmospheric Awning Illumination

poleLIGHT is an LED light that is built into the sunFLIP support. We supply these with different LED inserts for daylight white or halogen light. On request, we are also happy to supply different RGB colours. We include a power cable equipped with a plug that can be removed by day – or a hidden cable with plug connection integrated in the twistFIT fitting.

sailBAG / poleBAG · padded carrying bags

We supply bags for awnings and sunFLIP posts. These are optional and you can choose whether or not you want them supplied.

The outside of sunFLIP pipe bags is made from extremely resistant material and the bags themselves have soft padding inside, meaning you can be sure the paintwork won’t get scratched. They have webbing straps for carrying, sturdy and stable zips with a topside chafer and come with a printed advisory notice on what position to place the pipe or sail stored inside the bag.

[Tensioning Systems]

T05, T11, T12, E21, E22

Manual Tensioning Systems

The standard tensioning system for sunFLIP is a rope block & tackle system hidden insides the tube. A piece of rope runs from the awning to the top end of the pole, enters into it, runs over a block & tackle system insides the pole, and exits near the bottom end of the pole

To tension the awning, pull on this line. The block & tackle cascade inside the post will multiply the force applied, and ensures a controlled tension on the awning. When done secure the tensioning rope on the small stainless steel cleat. Push excessive into the tube through a small ss ring hole back into the pole.

We supply outhaulö tensioning systems for one and for two outhauls. The whole unit is designed in the form of a “cartridge system”: after removing 3 screws from the sail support, the entire unit can be extracted from the support for maintenance.

Automatic Tensioning Systems

The automatic tensioning system has a self-locking mechanical gearbox inside the sunFLIP supports.

The system is operated externally using a cordless drill. The system works with a 1:1 rope purchase which means that the risk of a rope jam or chafing is significantly reduced.

We deliver the system as a single, or as a combined twin outhaul system. The whole drive unit is designed in the form of a “cartridge system”: after removing 3 screws from the sail support, the entire unit can be extracted from the support for maintenance.

Service and Maintenance

All sunFLIP tensioning systems - rope & tackle and automatic - are designed as a cartridge and can easily be pulled out of the pipe support as a whole unit, after removing just three screws. All the components can be checked, serviced and even replaced with equal ease.

After completion of work, the crew can insert the tensioning system back into the pole pipe as a whole unit, and secure it with 3 screws.

[Fittings for Deck and Super Structure]

twistFIT, railFIT, clickFIT

twistFIT Pole Foundation · flush-deck Version

We supply flush-deck-mounted tubing feet for sunFLIP poles. The deck sockets are placed in a recess in the deck, or in the deck structure. Push in the pole, twist it to lock it - and it is safely held and rotates freely, without any further tensioning or support being required. Major advantages of twistFIT over its competition:

· less play for the carbon pole
· the pole bearing is a full length bushing, made
  from solid Delrin.
· All of the components are made from Carbon, Delrin
  and SS - no chance for any corrosion!

railFIT Pole Foundation · on-deck Version

railFIT is the choice in case sunFLIP poles shall be attached to the super structure, or the guard rail. Various versions are available, to fit the individual application.

clickFIT · sail attachment point · on-deck version.

The clickFIT fitting makes for easier on-deck installation (as opposed to in-deck). It is mounted with 2 M8 screws and all it needs is a reinforcing plate beneath it to support heavy loads. We supply the fitting with a POM washer for optimal isolation, which allows the inside of the dome to be drained on-deck.

clickFIT Awning Attachment · flush-Deck

The clickFIT sail attachment fitting is a Reckmann design that was especially developped for the sunFLIP system. clickFIT terminals are made from 1.4404 stainless steel, milled from solid material, and mirror polished by hand.

Attachment of the awning with a rigg terminal style hook fitting. Very strong, and reliably fixed in only a second of time.

The flush-deck version of clickFIT shown here comes with a weld-in pod supplied by us, which allows for vertical adjustment of the fitting - an important feature for the installation, as filler thickness often is an unknown value, in most of the cases.

[Membranes · Textile Engineering]

Traditional sail making craftmanship, accompanied by FEM system analysis and load case studies

sunFLIP Awnings · Membrane Technology Par Excellence

Nowadays there is a wide range of technical textiles from all over the world, many of which are suitable for use as awnings. In each individual case and at the request of each customer, we use different textile materials for sunFLIP awnings and the customer can choose their awning’s style, colour, structure, porosity, weight etc. Initially we make a distinction between porous and non-porous materials. There are classic product lines, which look modern and are also purely high-tech fabrics.

Reckmann · Textile Engineering

A special feature with the design of Reckmann awnings is that we our in the 15 years awning product developments a special Kkow-how have acquired the so-called textile engineering.

Textile engineering refers to the design of 3-dimensional prestressed tensile structures with the means of the latest computer technology. This science goes much further into the depth of the form and stability behavior of 3-dimensionally tensioned awnings, than does the knowledge of a classical sailmaker.

At Reckmann, we design and construct every single awning system using this technology. That makes our systems perform in a superior way, with optimum longevity and durability.

More Information re. Textile Engineering

The art of sail making · craftsmanship at its finest

Unlike how competitors often work, we don’t just use any old sail manufacturer when it comes to the configuration of our awning membranes. We have developed a long-standing partnership with specialists whose knowledge is a deciding factor in the sail configuration. The art is all in the detail. Just take a good look at our awning. You’ll discover a lot:

The belt straps have been incorporated in such a way that, from above, i.e. more or less the reverse side, an observer wouldn’t see them. The corner fittings are incorporated with handcrafted premium quality. Their lorientation is always precisely matching. This is because, unlike as is often the case, this direction is dependent not on the sail manufacturer’s whim, but is rather a result of our textile engineering.

And, incidentally, you will discover masterfully handcrafted workmanship: smooth, perfectly straight seams, UV-resistant thread, elegantly introduced reinforcements, truly invisible and integrated tensioning elements, hand-polished sheet rings, pinRINGs - a Reckmann invention, clewBOARDs made from block material with edges rounded off neatly by machine (if made from metal) or prepregs that are also milled by machine (if made from carbon), protective cases for clewBOARDS and much more.

Porous Membranes

· Open mesh construction, mostly permeable to water
· Light transmission of approx. 15-20% depending upon
  the colour, etc.
· Polyester mesh with a PVC coating on both sides
· Protected with an anti-UV treatment, anti-cryptogrammic
  and flame-resistant in accordance with M1
· Different weights are available
· Different shades available according to the
  manufacturer’s colour chart
· Available versions: Soltis 86, Soltis 88, Soltis 92,
  Soltis 96, Soltis W96
· We use the following manufacturers: Ferrari, Gore, Sefar,
  Dickson, Ifasol

Light Transmittance

Depending on the light transmittance of the selected material the area under an open membrane presents itself in a particularly pleasant light.

Precontraint textiles as a closed materials, however, are available in higher weights and thus extremely high tensile strength, dimensionally stable and waterproof.

Both groups have an excellent resistance to ultraviolet radiation and dirt particles in the air.

Closed Membranes

· Non-porous textile material, mostly watertight
· Polyester mesh with a PVC coating on both sides
· Protected with an anti-UV treatment, anti-cryptogrammic
  coating and flame-resistant in accordance with M2
· Different weights are available
· Shade according to the manufacturer’s colour chart
· Available versions: Precontraint, Stamoid, STAM 6002,
  Capemarine, Irisun, Sunbrella, Tenara
· We use the following manufacturers: Ferrari, Gore, Sefar,
  Dickson, Ifasol

pinRING · the ideal Awning Connector

pinRING is another Reckmann invention. It’s the ideal way to connect an awning to its tensioning line. Fast, tough, reliable and easy to remove.

clewBOARD · Optimisation of the shaded Area

The idea of the clewBOARD is taken from sail making, which is a principal that is frequently used for self-tacking jibs or mainsail headboards. The sail area is enlarged using a clewBOARD in the corner. This technology optimises the shaded surfaces and often avoids “sunlight stripes” under the awning, in the transition area of several sail elements. We supply clewBOARDS made from a variety of materials:

· Stainless steel - painted, polished, brushed or blasted
· Aluminium - painted or anodised
· Carbon fibre - made from prepregs, varnished or painted

clewBOARDS are made-to-measure for sunFLIP systems.

ledSTRIP · weather proof, detachable RGB Illumination in the Awning

ledSTRIP is an innovation, which we directly incorporate into the awning’s membranes. A watertight, sealed LED strip which can be removed at any time is fixed inside the sail membrane and can provide either daylight or any other colour light on the RGB scale.

The system can be retrofitted and replaced without difficulty, which is definitely an asset for awnings! Power is supplied via cables and plugs and these cables can also be removed throughout the day.


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