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06-13-2007 12:27 PM
christyleigh I made some slide in's for my c320 a few years ago from 1/4" painted luan ply re-enforced with teak.
06-13-2007 12:00 PM
SailinJay I bought some screen framing at the home depot and some non-metal screening. I then measured the companion way opening and cut the framing to conform. The result is two trapezoidal-shaped screens that I merely drop down into the hatchboard slot. I close the companionway hatch. Very inexpensive, simple to make, simple to use.
06-08-2007 11:18 AM
Siamese Thanks for all you replies. I was originally leaning toward building a wooden screen door insert, but have decided I like the idea of the simple mesh with weights approach. Will check out the Bugbusters from West Marine or fabricate my own.
06-08-2007 12:04 AM
Hawkwind I saw this stuff at my local West Marine. Just simple mosquito netting with a built in weighted edge. Looks nice and easy to use, store, get in and out, etc.

West Marine: Bugbusters Hatch and Companionway Screens Product Display
06-07-2007 03:23 PM
geary126 I just purchase Don Chase's 101 Fast and Easy boat improvements, or something close to that. I cost $10, I think. His screen design probably would cost $50 to build. Thus, you gain $740, net.

I'm only asking for 50, for this advice..!
06-07-2007 01:54 PM
CLucas Another not-so-cheap solution (looks nice, though...): Cruising Concepts/Companionway Doors
06-07-2007 10:03 AM
Boasun According to our friends up north on the Red & Green show. Duct tape and screening material works just fine. Just duck tape that screen material to the entrance. Note: This makes it 102 uses for Duct tape.

But in one of those books that have ideas and improvement projects for your boats. There are a few ways of making a screen door for your boat. And if you are handy with tools, sewing machines and such, you will come up with your own solution. But remember the KISS system (KISS = Keep It Simple Stupid) and you shouldn't have any problems. Do the measurements and drawings of what you want before making it. You may even end up making a couple more for your friends as they Oh & Awe over yours.
06-07-2007 10:00 AM
CapnHand We have a screened hatchboard to let in the breeze and strain out the bugs. Because it is just a screen and a frame it is much lighter than the solid boards so it was made all in one piece. Stows out of the way under the setee cushions when not used.
06-07-2007 09:44 AM
sailortjk1 We have a very nice set of screen doors that replace the hatch boards.
We use these when the dreaded Black Flies make their appearance.

They were custom made and very nicely done.
Wood framed and varnished with nice mosquito screening.

Our problem is that somebody is always coming and going out of the companionway. And of course you have to slide and close the cabin top every time. The flies still end up getting in the boat.

At night, when evrybody is ready for sleep, they work great.
Allow pleanty of ventilation and keep the critters out.
06-07-2007 09:27 AM
Originally Posted by sailingdog
For $800 you can make several awfully nice drop board sets with inset screens and the like.
...never said they were inexpensive I've never seen these in person - nice, but a bit 'plasticy' for my tastes. If you're handy, you could adopt this basic concept for a solution of your design and either build it yourself or hire someone to do it for you.
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