13 Dec Biminis, Dodgers and Enclosures
More recommendations sought! This time it’s for biminis, dodgers, spray curtains and cockpit enclosures.
What do you love about yours? Anything you hate? What would you do differently if you could start fresh? Any interesting ideas you’ve seen on other boats?
This request was prompted by an email from Carla, who is soon to be heading to the Bahamas.
They’re having new canvas made and she’d like to add spray curtains. She’s looking for ideas and suggestions for the project. Two ideas that she has seen have been to embroider the boat’s name on the spray curtains and to put netting pockets on the inside for storage.
She’s also wondering about the best ways to attach it. She says “I am thinking about a zipper for the top attachment to the rail and then lashing the sides and the toe -rail, so if I do get a boarding sea the water could easily drain.”
Do you have spray curtains? Can you give Carla some ideas? Chime in too with any ideas in general for biminis, dodgers and enclosures!
I’ll go first:
When we had to have a new dodger made while we were in the Sea of Cortez (very hot in the summer), our canvasmaker suggested making the entire windshield zip-in, zip-out (instead of just being able to roll up the center section) so that more breeze could come through the cockpit in the summer. He made straps that went from the forward bar down to the deck with a twist fastener to hold the dodger when the windshield was out. Worked beautifully – unfortunately we only used it once before we sold the boat! And I don’t have a photo.
Please add your thoughts below – things you love, hate, or would consider!