Window Covers

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Window Covers

Postby thinwater » Fri Sep 18, 2015 3:21 pm

I got a pair of these from Outland a year ago and really like them, but they are a little pricey and I would like to DIY a couple more.

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http://sail-delmarva.blogspot.com/2015/09/outland-hatch-covers.html

Any ideas for a widely-available material? These are expanded PVC. The attachment is by means of a cute custom button, but I wonder if the HD 3M releasable fasteners would do a nice job. I suspect HDPE might be a problem, as the 3M adhesive might not like such a low energy surface. They would leave a 1/8-inch gap, though I don't know if that matters.
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Re: Window Covers

Postby thinwater » Sun Sep 20, 2015 12:42 pm

I noticed that Grizabella used thing FRP (Home Depot FRP paneling?).

a. The sun was affecting it and it seems it might be abrasive to polycarbonate. Thoughts?
b. Why only the 2 hatches?

I need to think of something UV resistant,softer than polycarbonate, and with enough surface energy that self-adhesives can stick well. Hmm.
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Re: Window Covers

Postby thinwater » Thu Oct 22, 2015 10:37 pm

Let's see how these work out. I borrowed the material idea from Grizabella, but had to change the attachment (3M Dual Lock). About $2 each in materials and about 15 minutes to make, once you get it dialed in.

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Re: Window Covers

Postby bg5w » Mon Oct 26, 2015 7:16 pm

Drew - how about sunbrella with a sewn loop on the perimeter with a cord to pull it tight?

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Re: Window Covers

Postby thinwater » Tue Oct 27, 2015 2:45 pm

I had some that didn't fit well on a prior boat; they slid under foot and sometimes caught in the gasket, causing leaks. But I have nothing against them, I'm just trolling for ideas.

The other thing to consider is windows that are not on hatches. In this case I used canvas, but plastic covers could work.

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