Make a 4-Way Windscoop

I love a 4-way windscoop for really improving the ventilation on a boat.  Hook it up, and it just doesn’t matter how the boat swings with the tide in relation to the wind — you’ll always catch the breeze.  Ditto if you’re at a dock.

And I’ve pointed out a few places where you can buy one.  But what if you want to make your own (or the fact that you need a weird size means that making your own is the only option)?

I’m ashamed to admit that nearly a month ago, Tami Shelton sent me this photo of one she had made and I’m just now getting it posted.  Her note said, “I fabricate these 4-way windscoops as per the directions in Karen Lipe’s great book, The Big Book of Boat Canvas.”  The book is older (from 1991) and available on Amazon.  Tami highly recommends it if you want to make your own windscoops!

I’ll admit that while I do sew, I never tried making a wind scoop and haven’t checked out the book.  But from Tami’s photo, it looks like a great design and that Tami was well able to follow the instructions, so it looks like a winner.  The design is slightly different from the commercially made ones that we used and appears sturdier.

Tami notes that it’s a little different to hang a 4-way scoop on a catamaran — on any boat, the basic design is to hang it from a halyard and then use a stabilizing line from the top of the scoop to keep it from falling towards the mast.  On monohulls, this line is usually led to the forestay.  On her catamaran, she led it to a stanchion to get the correct angle to keep the scoop upright.

If you’re in a climate that even the slightest bit warm in the summer, I just can’t recommend the 4-way wind scoops enough if you have an opening hatch to use one with.  The added air flow makes a HUGE difference in keeping the inside of the boat cool.  And if you can keep the air moving — and hence the hot air flowing out — it makes life in the galley an lot nicer!

Despite cruising in the Sea of Cortez in the hottest part of the year, I rarely changed my cooking habits to “keep the heat out of the boat” since I had such good ventilation.  The value of good ventilation just can’t be overstated!

UPDATE: Tami made one of these for us as a boat-warming gift for Barefoot Gal! It is absolutely gorgeous and we can’t wait until we’re back aboard and can use it!

Thought about making your own wind scoop but wondered where to get directions to make one of the better 4-way ones? Here's the answer!

Thought about making your own wind scoop but wondered where to get directions to make one of the better 4-way ones?  Here's the DIY answer!

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  • Cheryl Geeting on Facebook
    Posted at 21 June 2013 Reply

    Thanks for the info!

  • Debbie Weiss Luitweiler on Facebook
    Posted at 21 June 2013 Reply

    I also have made one out of rip stop nylon for windbreakers. Works so good. I also made a half moon piece of nylon to go on the bottom from the inside and use it as a directional flow. On the aft captains quarters it would blow straight down to the floor. With the directional scoop added I could direct the flow across the bed and out the transom port holes. Or for the forward one I could direct the flow to the galley when cooking. 🙂

  • Elizabeth
    Posted at 20 April 2014 Reply

    I’m actually making this very scoop. It’s my first sewing project, EVER, so it’s definitely looking like the discount rack version instead of the gorgeous one in your picture. 🙂

  • Nancy Maurer Rieckmann
    Posted at 21 May 2014 Reply

    Wow, thats great.

  • Beti O'tan
    Posted at 21 May 2014 Reply

    You do a lot for your readers!

  • Steve Bryant
    Posted at 21 May 2014 Reply

    wish you could tell us a bit more about its construction

  • Dianne Luttrell
    Posted at 21 May 2014 Reply

    I would love to try to make one for our boat . Could you post or pm the how to’s ?

  • Grace May
    Posted at 21 May 2014 Reply

    That’s awesome and a great gesture.

  • Cindy Hodgins Smith
    Posted at 21 May 2014 Reply

    Would love to have directions to make this….. Think you can get her to share?

  • Erik Nystuen
    Posted at 21 May 2014 Reply

    I would sure like one of these! =)

  • Stephanie Hamilton
    Posted at 21 May 2014 Reply

    That is sooooo cool! Het it? Cool? I crack me up…

  • Jane Jarratt
    Posted at 21 May 2014 Reply

    I love Boat Galley! Could they send me one too!!

  • The Boat Galley
    Posted at 21 May 2014 Reply

    Tami got the pattern from The Big Book of Boat Canvas:

  • Patty Makowski
    Posted at 13 June 2017 Reply

    This is the best book ever. I always try to have 3 or 4 copies on board for gifts – everyone can find something in here. I also gave it to a store owner on Great Guana Cay many years ago, he was talking about making carry alls, and boat related stuff for the boaters that came in. You should have seen his smile! You can usually find gently used copies Thriftbooks and other sites. I. Love. This. Book!

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