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post #11 of 31 Old 06-24-2017
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Re: am I the only person who wants shades/curtains?

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I know I've posted a previous thread about curtains/shades for the portlights, and thanks to those who responded with ideas. Truth is, I've never needed to sleep aboard since I live very close to my marina, so figuring out a solution for window shades was not high on the project priority list. That has changed, as I'm planning a multi-day trip for later this summer, so it has moved to near top of the to-do list. I need something to effectively block the orange sodium lamp light streaming in from the dock lights at night so I can get some sleep!

I've looked at quite a few different varieties of shades and curtains, but none so far seem to viable options (other than custom solution) because none that I have found will fit over the two dogs on bottom of each portlight.

I contacted Pacific Seacraft and asked what sort of shades/curtains are installed on new boats they are building, but the response I got implied that they don't put them in their new boats at all. I find it hard to believe that I'm the only person who would want shades, but it certainly seems that way.

One idea I have is to have rectangular covers made using the same Sunbrella canvas that my dodger/bimini are made of, with velcro strips sewn at top and bottom, and placing adhesive velcro strips above and below the portlights to stick them to (with cut-outs for the dogs to fit into so the fabric can be stretched tight across the glass). I'm not sure it would look very nice though. Worse come to worse, I know I could the two ports in the forward cabin with sail bags or something, but that isn't a long-term solution.

If anyone would like to respond and include of photo of curtains/shades you have on your boat, that would be very helpful!
There is an earlier thread... https://www.sailnet.com/forums/pacifi...s-ps-34-a.html
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Re: am I the only person who wants shades/curtains?

On the last boat we made cheap sewn curtains pulled tight out of wee-eater string and electrical crimp eyes.. The stretch was just right. I try to look into my Boat now and even if you can see something you have to stare pretty creepily to make anything out. If you really need them you will find a way.
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Re: am I the only person who wants shades/curtains?

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Edit: We used neodymium magnets for our main portlights (aluminum extrusions on the inside and outside of the hull)
We installed long skinny magnets behind the inner extrusions and sewed in magnets in the covers as well.
They matched up by installing the magnets behind the aluminum AFTER making the covers.
How do those magnets affect your compass? I always cringe when people talk of using magnets on boats. But then, being old school, I still use my compass
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Re: am I the only person who wants shades/curtains?

This is certainly not the most elegant solution, and may be difficult if you have lots of ports, but for a few in a cabin this is an easy "blackout" method:


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How do those magnets affect your compass? I always cringe when people talk of using magnets on boats. But then, being old school, I still use my compass
One would certainly hope that the portlights down below, that are covered by these magnet attached curtains, are more than 3 feet away from the boat's compass.

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Re: am I the only person who wants shades/curtains?

Hi, we have a 1987 with the bronze oval.
We made fabric covers with elastic (think shower cap) with dark blue nautical cloth.
To start we made two cardboard templates, one for the large and one for the small portlights.
Cut the material larger then the template, folded the edge and sewed in elastic.
They fit nicely and when not used we roll them up and use clothes pins to attach to each portlight.
Sorry we do not have any photos.
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One would certainly hope that the portlights down below, that are covered by these magnet attached curtains, are more than 3 feet away from the boat's compass.
I agree - I would hope they are at least that far away, preferably further.

Sensitivity of a compass to magnets is no doubt a function of distance. But it also depends on the strength of the magnets. There is no 3ft rule. Some electronics manufacturers may use that, based on the strength of the magnets in their products.

A bulkhead compass on a small boat could easily be within 3 -4 ft of a cabin window.

It's bad enough having speakers and other items with magnets to deal with, but in my view, no need to add more magnets when non magnetic alternatives are available. Keep them for the fridge

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Re: am I the only person who wants shades/curtains?

Sailrite has a video on making boat curtains.

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Re: am I the only person who wants shades/curtains?

I had some plexiglas cut at the local plastic store, TapPlastic. They perfectly match the shape of the ports with radiused corners. The cost was minimal, I think the cutting charge was $1 each. I attach them to the port frames with sticky backed velcro and it works great, but after a three or four years, the velcro needs to be replaced on some of the frames. They are simple to put up and remove and, when they aren't in use, they are nice and flat and take up minimal storage space. The only down side is the appearance of the velcro on the frames.
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Re: am I the only person who wants shades/curtains?

This is as solution that works against mosquitoes and sun.
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