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Protecting cockpit from torrential rains? How to?

I am in the process of reviving teak that has about 30 years worth of varnish on it old varnish at dock and from time to time we have torrential rains that enter most of the cockpit notwithstanding my full bimini to dodger cover. All the electrical tools I have get soaked real quick unless I am alert enough to gather them all back to their homes in the cabin area.

I am mulling over ways to prevent that and am thinking about a minimalist solution where I would use a couple of PVC pipes attached to the bimini/dodger structure with big box available tarpaulins of not so great a size hanging off them and tied off using the grommets to the deck cleats and stanchion bases.

Has anyone attempted anything like this and if you have found a “better mousetrap” solution to the torrential downpour situation I would love to know.

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Re: Protecting cockpit from torrential rains? How to?

Wouldn't a full enclosure incorporating the bimini and dodger do the trick? Any canvas shop can make it and you should have a completely dry cockpit and a nice place to hang out in inclement weather.
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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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When I did a summer or 2 in Grenada (where I met CaptA) the rain comes in squalls that you really can't believe. An inch of rain (25mms) in an hour or less is not uncommon.
But the hardware stores have cheap tarps - grey-silver - that are very affordable and stop it. A full range of sizes from just a few feet sq to truck size, and they have the gimlets (ummm whats the correct term for the tie down holes with 'brass' fittings?) to lash the thing to the toe rails.

Could be the answer.




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A full range of sizes from just a few feet sq to truck size, and they have the gimlets (ummm whats the correct term for the tie down holes with 'brass' fittings?) to lash the thing to the toe rails.

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Grommet is the brass ring in a tarp.

Gimlet is a martini with a cocktail onion instead of olive.
I'll take the Gimlet, please. Shaken, not stirred.

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I'll take the Gimlet, please. Shaken, not stirred.

Woops just looked it up. Gimlet is Gin and lime juice, which actually sounds better, I think it is a Gibson with the cocktail onion.

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Woops just looked it up. Gimlet is Gin and lime juice, which actually sounds better, I think it is a Gibson with the cocktail onion.
Exactly, I was going to jump down your throat.

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Exactly, I was going to jump down your throat.

A good gimlet is a beauty to behold.
I don't do Gin. I think it dates back to when I was a toddler and my parents were entertaining and I picked up my dad's glass of water (gin). I took a big gulp and started crying. My tastebuds for Gin never recovered.

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Has anyone attempted anything like this and if you have found a “better mousetrap” solution to the torrential downpour situation I would love to know.

Thanks very much,
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I think a full enclosure would be a great addition to a boat's long season. I would guess they would run around $10,000 or close to it. While more than a tarp a boom tent should cost a lot less and give a nice bit of shade or rain protection when needed.
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