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am I the only person who wants shades/curtains?

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

I came across someone down south that had custom made blinds installed - looked fantastic and really worked great. Just may be an option for your boat as well.

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

I would suggest you go online and check out just plain old curtain hanging systems. There are an infinite variety available that would be much cheaper than custom made individual covers. Then you just need some cloth with the whatever they are called that run in the track, sewed in. Very easy and inexpensive.
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Re: am I the only person who wants shades/curtains?

Homemade blinds (no sewing machine).
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Re: am I the only person who wants shades/curtains?

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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. .....
My wife must have dark at night, and she has done what you've suggested above with dark material (not Sunbrella, but similar) and velcro tabs to cover an aft cabin cockpit portlight and a small deck prism above our berth.

Not terribly nice to look at but they are stowed during the day and only in the aft cabin.

We have dark smoked plexi ports in the main cabin, of course they offer no privacy at night so we have curtains there, using a pretty nice system sold by Sailrite.



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

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X....Then you just need some cloth with the whatever they are called that run in the track, sewed in. Very easy and inexpensive.
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Re: am I the only person who wants shades/curtains?

We used "Peek-a-Boo" blinds made by Zarcor on JUNO, our Pacific Seacraft 40, during the years we owned her and cruised. They fit inside the port's trim ring (so there's no issue with the dogs) and attach to the glass using small Velcro dots. You have the option of sliding them open or closed or simply removing them completely from the port. There's a pretty neat little gif at the Zarcor website that demonstrates how the operate. I tried to upload it, but I'm not sure it worked. If not, here's a link: CloZures privacy shutters for sailboat portlights and hatches.

The company had templates for a lot of boats on file and we found them easy to work with.

Not sure that's what you're looking for, but they worked for us...

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

My boat came with curtains. Then I was on a boat that had taken them down, and it felt roomier inside. My curtains are now stored securely in a bag at home. We have external covers that we sometimes use (they also protect the windows and keep the heat out), and we have a shade for the head.
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Re: am I the only person who wants shades/curtains?

We have used the same system on most of cruising boats we have owned. Simple and cheap were the specs! We have 4 S/S cup hooks on each window with stretch type curtain wire fitted top and bottom. Curtains have a hem top and bottom are ruffled and made from a sheer type fabric that cuts visibility through windows yet still allows light in to keep boat bright.


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

Do a search for blackout fabric.
We made a rectangle with velcro for our V berth hatch and two side portlights.

Or get a BB gun for that lamp.
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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.
Hot glue is your friend.
We just toss the covers on the portlights and they stick THROUGH the aluminum.
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