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Have mixed feelings about installing weather clothes around the cockpit. Boat is getting canvas work and it was suggested. Like being able to lean over and see the water even when sitting. Find it helpful anchoring and also nice when I want to go between lifelines to dump uneaten food or scrap out a pan.
However also nice to have them and keep out spray or shade the cockpit settees.
Of mixed emotions. Boats a dry boat but a good splash of cold water makes the boys disappear as Seinfeld’s George would say.
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I had to get them for the Marion Bermuda race in 91 w/ sail # on them. I am not sure I used them after that on oceans passages (numerous). Contest 36s has a dry cockpit but occasionally spray get in and it's OVER the lifelines usually. Cockpit cushions don't get wet from this sort of spray. New sails don't have a number... except 36. They are more or less useless on my boat.

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re: Weather cloths

I think some cruisers use them for privacy
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re: Weather cloths

Hadnít thought of that. Wish a lot of boats Iíve anchored near had them.

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re: Weather cloths

Have always used them cruising. They give privacy at anchor and definitely cut down on spray in the cockpit under sail. They also cut down on the wind in the cockpit making it more comfortable whether it's chilly or warm. Wouldn't do an overnight sail without them. Take them off when boat only used for daysailing. They do somewhat restrict visibility from the cockpit especially when wind is up and boat heeled. Haven't had much of an issue with them restricting access as almost anything going on or off the boat goes over the lifelines not through them. None of the weather cloths on three different boats have gone around the stern, only along the sides ending at the transom.
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Re: Weather cloths

I made some. Found they chafed on the life lines. Maybe done better they would be ok.


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Re: Weather cloths

Don't they add a lot of windage?

I suppose that would depend on the length of the cockpit and the height of the lifelines.

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Re: Weather cloths

We have them , 1+ on everything said so far . I never did think about windage , I guess so . On our boat though IMO they really tie the lines of the boat together .
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We have them , 1+ on everything said so far . I never did think about windage , I guess so . On our boat though IMO they really tie the lines of the boat together .
Sounds nice! Do you have a picture?

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Re: Weather cloths

How long do they last? Also used them for races but took them off afterwards. Never lived with them.

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