The importance and dimensions of a good anchor for shading and waterproof sails

Choosing the correct size of a wing can be frightening for those who are faced with this choice for the first time, but thanks to this guide everything will be easier.

Let's start with a general concept: sails need to be anchored in every corner . Between the anchor point and the stainless steel ring placed on the corner of the sail we must place a means of tension that allows the sail to be taut.

The minimum size of the tensioning means is 35 cm and this is also the recommended size: the closer the sail is to the pole or wall, the more stable it will be. There must be a meter between the sail and the anchor at most. We must therefore remain within a minimum tolerance of 70 centimeters and a maximum of 2 meters.

Therefore, from the available area we must always remove AT LEAST 70 centimeters to calculate the size of the perfect sail for us

Some examples:

TOTAL AREA 5.20 X 4.80 = usable area 4.50 x 4.10
we can choose whether to make a tailor-made sail of this size or whether to buy a standard 4x4

TOTAL AREA 6.70 X 5.20 = usable area 6.00 x 4.50
we can choose whether to make a custom-made sail of this size or whether to buy a standard 6x4

TOTAL AREA 3.90 X 8.70 = useful area 3.20 X 8.00
we can choose whether to make a tailor-made sail to best cover the 24 square meters or cover 18 by installing a 3x6 with which we are at the limit in how much we will have 1 meter of distance in the 6 meters side

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Types of anchoring and relative dimensions

Since we have to give a good tension to the sail and that the quick release is always handy, we always recommend buying the Muscle x3 kits because with a single product we will have room for maneuver on the dimensions (the kit allows you to stay from 35 cm to the meter without the need for other accessories), multiplication of force (with only 15 kg applied to the top the sail will receive 45) and quick release.

Maanta recommends its Muscle x3 kit for professional anchoring.

The Muscle system is already included with all Maanta poles and is available as wall kit with wall plate !

The simple kit equipped of classic tie rod is certainly valid but does not have a force multiplier and is adjustable from 30 to 40 centimeters, to add space you will need to add additional carabiners.

The nautical rope kit is certainly effective, the adjustment is dynamic up to one meter but there is no force multiplication or quick release.

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Measure and design the anchor using our shade poles

Measure and design the anchor using our shade poles.

Another topic we often talk about is our shade sail poles.

Our poles have been developed to allow multiple angles to hook into the front and rear lanes.

Alu-Simple is in painted aluminum , as this material flexes less than steel: the minor flexion will help the sail stay tighter, drain the water better, cut the wind better.

Ulisse is in elliptical steel : this shape was always chosen to have less flex and a more refined design.

The base of both is in sturdy galvanized steel with a thickness of 1 cm ! The base and stump alone weigh more than 10 kilos, just to give you an order of magnitude of the strength of the posts.

It is essential to have a good height difference between the sides , especially in waterproof sails.


Only thanks to the slope will the water flow correctly ! We recommend a minimum of 80 centimeters but the more we tilt the better, especially in the case of sails over 20 square meters!

inclination tends to sail

Of incorrectly sized and flexible poles , the lack of slope and the lack of tension can lead to really unpleasant and dangerous situations, especially in waterproof sails where there is the possibility that form pockets of water of hundreds of liters and therefore kilos! At best the sails will deform but will be thrown away, as well as the poles ...

Example of installation with MaantA sails , not correctly tensioned and inclined, and NON MaantA poles :

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The result after the first heavy rain is disastrous.

The photo you see below is explanatory and testifies to the resistance of our fabrics! The customer then chose to equip himself with Maanta kits thanks to which he was able to have a correct tension and important and independent inclinations with an incomparable aesthetic and functional effect !!!

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Measure the overall dimensions of the anchors using Alu-Simple poles

The bulk of the tie rod is entirely absorbed in case of inclination at 75 ° while we must take it into account in case in which we choose the pole version for sails shading at 90 ° or with wall collar .

dimension of solar sails poles

Therefore if we decide to cover with a sail with a 4 meter side we must NOT calculate the size of the tie rod if we take the 75 ° version while we have to calculate the presence of the tie rod and drill at 4.20 meters in the case of a 90 ° pole or wall collar.

distances shade sail fixings

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poles and fixings how much distances shade sails


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