Launched in 2010 by the Dutch company Beekmans, the retractable awning side-arm is a seaworthy product that uses gas spring-loaded arms to pull awning fabric tight as it rolls from a central drive tube. Beekmans is renowned in the industry for its state of the art retractable awnings for yachts over 50 metres, as well as smaller vessels.
The brand are able to supply either a standard or a custom system to conveniently fit any structure on board superyachts, providing up to a total of 24.5 square metres of shade for guests to enjoy and utilise at their pleasure. The product uses high quality stainless steel combined with various styles of fabric for the client to choose from, as well as integrated lighting. Together, these aspects ensure that the awning is both stylish, eye catching and efficient.
The custom system will be executed with a standard closing part upon which a custom bulwark part can be mounted, and can be supplied as a ready made box containing the side arms, roll with fabric, motor and controls.
Testifying to her innovative quality, the retractable side arm awning was nominated in the 2010 edition of the prestigious DAME Awards, the international design competition for new marine equipment and accessories.