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Re: Protecting cockpit from torrential rains? How to?
The OP's plan sounds fine for a make shift enclosure. A real integrated enclosure can substantially expand living space aboard. Ours remains installed in the Spring and sometimes, in late Fall. Of course, I prefer weather that does not demand it's need. We're sailing the first of May, each season, solely due to the protection of the enclosure.
Another consideration for the OP is that varnish does not like to cure well in very high humidity, such as when raining or drying out from recent rain. It can get cloudy. Holding that moisture inside an enclosure would make that stage worse. Just keeping rain off the tools works.
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