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LaPorte Products Shade Kit or Ultimate Shade Kit

What’s the Best Shade Solution for My Boat?

The weather is warming up and boating season is finally here!  With boat lovers beginning to plan long days out on the water, LaPorte Products Shade Kits and Ultimate Boat Shade Kits have become hot commodities for keeping cool and protected while on board.

Yet which one is right for your marine needs? While both the Shade Kit and Ultimate Shade Kit are similar in construction and the materials used, there are notable differences between the two. If you're looking to purchase one of our Shade Kits or Ultimate Shade Kits, here’s what you need to know:

LaPorte Products T-TopRegular Shade Kit

  • Designed for Center Console or Walk-Around Style boat models
    • Ideal for boats that are between 17 and 34 feet
  • Typically kept in stock and ready to be shipped
  • The majority of boat lines are already measured and fitted, so you can order a shade for your boat almost anytime
  • Catamarans - potential to use a regular Boat Shade Kit depending on the size of the cockpit

LaPorte Products T-Top Ultimate Shade Kit

  • Designed for Sport Fishing, Yacht, & Cruiser Style boat models 
    • Ideal for boats 35 feet and larger
  • Will typically attach to SeaSucker Vacuum Cups but may be able to be attached directly to the framework of your boat
  • Have a center support strap that attaches to framework and keeps the large shade from sagging
  • Have a cross strap
  • Catamarans - If the cockpit is larger, an ultimate shade kit will be needed

What LaPorte Products Shade Kits  Have in Common :

  • Made from a space age expandable material called Resilience that looks, feels and stretches like spandex and reflects up to 75% of UV heat, while blocking out damaging UV rays
  • Provide shade for your boat that is not permanent, is portable, and is easily stored 
  • Allow you and your family to remain comfortable and protected from the sun while out on the water
  • Remain whisper-quiet while underway 
  • You can run up to 30 knots while in the standard aft position
  • Uniquely flexible for multiple positions on the boat
  • Allow for simple, one-person installation 

No matter what shade solution fits your boat needs, LaPorte Products Shade Kits and Ultimate Shade Kits are the best sun protection out on the water. At the end of the day, you’ll be able to stay out longer if you and your family are comfortable, which means more time for fun, fishing, and relaxing on your boat the way you like best

Protect yourself and your investment.

We hope this has helped you gain a better understanding of our two shade kits and which is right for you. To learn more, visit our website at www.ttopcovers.com or give us a call at (843) 760-6101.

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“Together we can”

Togo, Africa

In many ways, we at LaPorte’s Products are more about our employees, customers, and the people we come in contact with every day than we are about the product. It is the people that make us want to design and create the best products because they deserve to have the best. What does “the best” look like? It is unmatched product quality, handcrafted by quality people who truly care about their work and each individual end user. 

Not only are we about people, but we are about maintaining the proper perspective. We strive to ensure that we are always keeping the bigger picture in mind, keeping our eyes and our minds fixed on not only how we can make the best product, but how we can have the greatest impact on our customers, our community, and beyond. 

We recently got the chance to partner with a local non-profit company, Francis + Benedict, who help women and children in Togo, Africa build and maintain a sustainable life. They do this through the art of sewing, which happens to be a passion of ours as well. On April 1st, 2019 we had the great honor and privilege of receiving a visit from Pastor Francis, who spoke to us about the work he’s been doing in Togo and the incredible impact he’s been able to have on the people there. 

We also had the very exciting opportunity of having two members of our T-Top team, Madison and Kirsten, assist designer Lynn of Francis + Benedict in designing and sewing three beautiful, custom skirts for this year’s Charleston Fashion Week! Madison said of the experience, “The opportunity that LaPorte’s Products opened up for me with a group like Francis + Benedict for the Charleston Fashion Week was a once in a lifetime opportunity. Working with F+B showed me how it’s possible to make a difference with the things you know, the talents you have, and you can do it no matter where you’re at in life.” Continue to the bottom of this post to see photos from this incredible event. 

Getting connected with Francis + Benedict has allowed us to make a difference in the lives of seamstresses across the globe by donating sewing machines and in turn enabling them to hire, train, and empower more women to have a better quality of life. Their mission is to “give hope to the hopeless” and create a better environment for the women and children in Africa, who far too often end up impoverished and living on the streets. We fully believe that it is our duty and responsibility to stand up and help where help is needed, and we are so grateful to Francis + Benedict for giving us an opportunity to do that. 

Thank you, to our T-Top family, for choosing us and helping us partner with people across the world who have similar dreams and talents. It is because of YOU that we can do the things we do, and we are so excited to have you along with us on this journey. 

Check out more on Francis + Benedict and the impact they are making at https://francisandbenedict.com/ and follow us on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with all that’s going on here at LaPorte’s Products.

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