I sail a lot on Gemini 105Mc catamarans that have a full cockpit enclosure and they ROCK!!!!!. Last winter, in a just before Christmas delivery leg, we were in the cockpit and wearing just fleece shirts while motoring down the ICW in 20˚ weather.
The cabin heat was roaring away and the companionway door was open...
I'd second all of Labatt's recommendations and say that the screen panels are usually more of a PITA than they're worth.
I'd also HIGHLY recommend using boltrope and track for attaching the enclosure to the boat where ever possible,
as that gives you a much better and more secure attachment system than using the studs or snaps, and leaves the material far more evenly tensioned. Make sure the zippers have flaps that cover them and protect them from UV as well as water intrusion.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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