Our latest and hopefully final approach to installing our flexible solar panels is a semi-permanent mounting on the bimini. We didn't want a permanent installation to the bimini and tried several alternative options (see Part I and Part II).
The Captain bought two additional flexible panels this summer, so there are six 100 watt panels on three canvas backs. I redid the canvas backings on the old two panels and made a new backing for the third. The canvas backs have grommets with plastic screws and washers holding the panels to the canvas.
Now the panels are on the bimini and tied down to the enclosure safety handles (which I think are one of the best improvements we made to our enclosure). With the boom pulled to the Read more [...]
Would you make or have you made a bimini, enclosure and dodger? Now, that's a big project! My sincere respect goes to those Seamless Sailors who tackle The Enclosure. Since we didn't know the age of Magnolia's enclosure; the plastic panels were getting cracks in the glass no matter how much Plexus we used; and on top of all that, the canvas leaked no matter how much waterproofing we went through. It was time to bite the bullet and make the investment. The cockpit is our sunroom after all. We planned the job for over the winter while the boat was out and a fabricator might have more time for a big job. I admit that I did not take on this project myself. We decided it was worth having it done by someone with experience to Read more [...]
Originally appeared as a guest post for Women and Cruising Blog - October 18, 2012
Anyone else have canvas on her boat? Yes?! I do. Lots of it. Big and small. Canvas is important protective covering for your boat. It saves you money and time by protecting teak from the sun, keeping dirt out of your winches and instruments, and keeping you cool at anchor.
Can you guess how many different canvas items you have on board? Quick without looking. I counted 20+ unique items with some items having multiples in use at any given time on our Morgan sailboat, Magnolia. That doesn't count functional and decorative fabrics below. And I have plans to add more canvas on my growing sewing projects list!
How many unique canvas items can you Read more [...]