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C-36 Window Shades

Does anyone know where to find window shades that would match the hardware mounting pattern shown in the attached images. We've looked around on the web, but haven't found anything definitive yet.

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Re: C-36 Window Shades

Take a look at Catalina Direct. They sell an accordian pleat shade which looks like it might fit.
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Re: C-36 Window Shades

The OEM pleated shades in Catalinas were made by a company called Odyssey Sails in Newport Beach, they also supplied Catalina Direct and several other chandleries. Unfortunately they went out of business a few years ago, the closest now available are from Oceanaire, these are the shades now sold by most chandleries.
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Re: C-36 Window Shades

Hi Jack,

I think I may be able to help you out.

I had a 1996 C36 MkII, Catharsis, that I sold in 2014. When I first bought the boat in 2004, I ordered new pleated window shades directly from Catalina to replace the mildewy ones that came with the boat . Sadly, I never got around to installing them, as sailing always seemed to take priority over another project.

I was going to give the shades to the new owner of the boat, but he was such a dink at the 11th hour of negotiations that I decided to hang on to them, as well as to a number of other freebies I was going to include. Let that be a lesson for those who grind too hard for a boat priced fairly. (And yes I hope the new owner is reading this.)

The shades are new, untouched, and still in the shipping tube from Catalina. They have been sitting in the corner of my office since the day I got them. I'll have to check my records as to what I paid, but I certainly have every incentive to be fair.

Where are you located? I'm in Boston. I could send you pictures if you wish.

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Re: C-36 Window Shades

Get a sewing machine, and make a nice set of curtains.

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Re: C-36 Window Shades

I have a 1986 mk I which has fabric curtains that I hate. I am going to replace them with pleated shades as shown in the Catalina Direct catalog but..... no way am I going to pay that much per shade so your question has come at a good time for me to do the research. If you are not handy then read no further. I think I have found the material at Lowes. It is polyester and comes 36" wide by 72" tall for $8.97. Enough for 5-6 of the larger ports. It looks like the snaps and the tool/dies to set them are available at Sailrite. The cost would depend on how many you need and whether or not you already have the pop rivet tool. If the product at Lowes looks like it will work,( I'll find out when I go there tomorrow,) then you should be able to make your shades for less than $100. This is what I intend to do because frankly I can't find anything else I like at a price I'm willing to pay.
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