Rear cockpit enclosure for PDQ 32?

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Rear cockpit enclosure for PDQ 32?

Postby Jwood1 » Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:09 pm

I'm planning on having a local canvas shop custom make a rear cockpit enclosure but I would love to see how others are designed. Does anyone have pictures of their enclosures?
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Re: Rear cockpit enclosure for PDQ 32?

Postby Serenity » Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:58 am

https://photos.app.goo.gl/fpfMqv3B3f6WbAfq9

We inherited this enclosure from our boat's previous owners. When the enclosure is on, the aft winches and aft seats are barely usable. However, it does make the cockpit into a dry cozy space on a rainy day at anchor. Let me know if you would like better pictures/details of any part.

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Re: Rear cockpit enclosure for PDQ 32?

Postby Jwood1 » Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:27 pm

Thanks, that helps a lot. I like the way it is angled back to the edge of the raised deck area. This means you can open the top hatch as well as the cockpit hatch in the stateroom when it is raining, big advantage IMO. I am hoping to design my install to allow me to roll up sections when sailing to allow better access to the winches, etc. If you get a chance, I would like to see a detailed picture of how it is attached along the bottom. Are those snaps or twist studs?

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Re: Rear cockpit enclosure for PDQ 32?

Postby danhaun » Sat Jun 30, 2018 7:20 am

Here are some pics of our enclosure.

We enjoy the enclosure in the cooler months. One thing we would consider changing would be to roll up entire sections at the rear instead of using 'u-zip roll ups'. This would open the back better for using the bench seats. We went with all vinyl edging. The buttons to fasten to the deck are Tenax which are kinda pricey but work so much better than ordinary snaps. Panels fasten to the top with Keder welt and track.

BTW, I you sew, the enclosure panels are the easiest thing that I ever assembled. The basting tape sticks so well to the vinyl. I don't know if using sunbrella edging would be as easy. There is a great youtube video on fabrication techniques. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLoKbyHRnUo


I hope that this helps.

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Re: Rear cockpit enclosure for PDQ 32?

Postby thinwater » Sun Jul 01, 2018 12:59 am

I considered it, but quickly realized that an enclosure would convert it into a non-sailboat, and that was not my interest. Too much agility is lost for serious consideration. You won't be using a genoa or spinnaker, and the mainsheet and jib sheet are going have to share a winch. I also don't like the way the boat sails with the self-tacking jib either, so that wasn't really an option for me anyway. I only used the self tacking jib a few days in 12 years.

What I did that helped on rainy days was made fabric side wings that would retract forward in seconds. They kept side rain out of the cockpit. If you stay on-board in marinas a lot and sail more rarely, an enclosure could have value.
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Re: Rear cockpit enclosure for PDQ 32?

Postby amytom » Thu Jul 05, 2018 2:47 pm

We made a very nice rear enclosure for our boat and used it one winter. It's been in the attic ever since. Several hundred dollars of cloth and dozens of hours labor wasted.

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Re: Rear cockpit enclosure for PDQ 32?

Postby Serenity » Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:28 am

Jwood1 wrote:Are those snaps or twist studs?


Twist studs. They make the deck a bit spikey. I would put the twist studs on slanted surfaces (aka: the painted stripe) if you can, so the aft deck is easier to walk/sit on.
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