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|02-05-2014 09:33 AM|
Re: cockpit enclosure
ZOMBIE THREAD ALERT
The OP asked the Q 3 years ago. I guess he either has given up or got one.
|02-05-2014 07:48 AM|
Re: cockpit enclosure
If you want to make a cockpit enclosure or tent yourself, I found a real keen priced site for buying the appropiate canvas: Esvo Campingshop in Holland.
Esvo has two main suppliers for cockpit canvas: Markilux and Ten Cate.
I think that Markilux / Sunbrella are the best canvas types for your cockpit.
P.S. they also have YouTube-movies how to sew or stitch your canvas.
Information from them:
Markilux is the guarantee for high quality boat canvas or synthetic boat fabric. Markilux is the classic boat canvas trademark on the European maritime market. The one-sided special poly-urethan coating guarantees an extremely high ‘water column’(=waterproof grade). Markilux boat canvas stands for the highest achievable technical characteristics and an exceptional shape retention(= a perfect fit).
Characteristics boat canvas. Markilux.
- absolutely waterproof. Incomparable waterproofness
- weatherresistant, mildew resistant, insectproof
- highest colour fastness. Optimal u.v.-protection
- AAA-shape retention and tensile strength
- Specially treated for dirt-, grease- and oil repellency.
This most sustainable boat canvas is available in a width of 140cm and in various colours.
P.S. If you need ordinary boat convas for covering purposes, we also recommend the boat canvas of Ten Cate. One of boat fabrics is Ten Cate All Season Touring (with different weights). Look further in our range or otherwise
|03-09-2011 06:32 AM|
Originally Posted by bljones View Post
|03-09-2011 06:27 AM|
|03-08-2011 04:07 PM|
Reply to bljones - I also found FarmTek ventilated fabric in silver or white. I think it was suggested for protecting chicken coops. Looked like it would be much more reflective than black. Some looked like woven strands of mylar. Part of the savings I see is with cheaper fabric and a big part is doing it yourself, saving the canvas man fee. I could be happy with something held up with clips and bungies.
In Washington a full enclosure w/dodger would be 8 to 9 K plus 9.4% tax.
Glad to hear your clear windows are holding up, you must be doing something right. It is common to see that stuff yellowed and scratched. I have read that rolling it up without damage is tricky.
|03-08-2011 03:21 PM|
SunBlocker Premium PolyMax Bulk Polyethylene Knitted Shade - 70% - FarmTek
Now, if you went with that really expensive marine material, your cost is $12.50/ lin yards. So, call it $85 in material, available in an assortment of colours.
Phifertex Vinyl Mesh Black X04 54" Fabric - Sold by the Yard
I'm not seeing a huge savings, in the overall scheme of things. In fact, if the phifertex lasts twice as long in a salt intensive marine environment, as I suspect it would, there is no cost savings at all in making your boat look like a failed ginseng farm.
As far as isinglass being very expensive and having a short useful life, the experience of most of us here will likely put that misconception to rest. My dodger is now 7 years old, with the original windows... and if I have to replace it, 20 gauge costs a whopping $5 / lin yard.
|03-08-2011 02:58 PM|
Originally Posted by christyleigh View Post
|03-08-2011 02:12 PM|
The ones in the picture came with the boat and also hold windshield type reflectors when total privacy and sun blockage is desired. A local sailmaker did my bimini and shades.
|03-08-2011 01:55 PM|
Originally Posted by copacabana View Post
We'll hang a shade across the aft end when needed for sun or rain. Of course, the front shade comes off the plastic when underway. You may also note that the stainless tubes close to the clear plastic are covered with cloth sleeves. This keep them from heating and burning the clear plastic in the lower latitudes. Take care and joy, Aythya crew
|03-08-2011 12:56 PM|
Must be nice.....
I plan to buy a used 30 footer if Fla this year. Due to limited sun and heat tolerance I need a Bimini if the boat has none and I want to experiment with solar screen shields to cut sun by half in the cockpit and also forward. I have seen boats with solar screen shields draped across decks loosely. Used Biminis are a ubiquitous item on Craig's List.
By the way, the photos of cockpit enclosures in this thread are nice, but each one likely costs more than the entire purchase price for the boat I can afford.
For cold protection I will dress warm, isinglass is very expensive, has high windage and has a short useful life.
For side sun protection while maintaining ventilation I plan to try using the solar screen shields popular with RVers and farmers. A company called FarmTek.com is a huge supplier to farmers with low prices, the opposite of premium marine pricing structure. The have a huge selection of awning and sun screen fabrics, some are loosely woven reflective mylar. They do custom cut orders of any size with sewn and grommeted finished edging for very reasonable prices. Since the approach with sun screen means the panels do not have to be very strong for wind gusts or rain retention, these panels could be easily improvised from bulk fabric as well. Some of the screening is available with varying degrees of reflectivity, from 10 to 90%.
I would like to hear from others who have used solar screens for protection from low angle sun. I imagine a screen that covers one side of the cockpit would be enough, it could be moved depending on which side is getting the glare.
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