It was our sailing club’s 30th anniversary party this weekend in Annapolis. Happy Birthday Pentagon Sailing Club! So we had a land and sea cruise with a big bash. Some folks went on for a week on the Chesapeake Bay. We had iffy weather, but somehow the rain squalls came at times that didn’t interrupt the partying or time on the water.
While we were at Port Annapolis Marina (very nice), we took our dinghies around Back Creek. Lovely homes, lovely boats. So my husband says let’s dinghy over to look at this beautiful red yacht. OK, I love red boats. I’ve thought so ever since we saw one in BVI with the most handsome crew of men in blue shorts and crisp white polos but I digress further. What does this have to do with sewing for boats? The reason we went to see the red yacht was because it had the “perfect awning”. My husband wants me to make one before we head south next year. Ah, I get it now. Not a romantic dinghy ride by ourselves. It was a scouting mission for the details of a perfect awning. Simple design, nice light fabric, rests on the boom, goes around the lazy jacks (somehow?) and extends over the main cabin.
So I’m starting the research for the details of the perfect awning. Material (light, durable but easy to store), fittings to connect to halyards, etc. Who’s already solved this one?