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ContinuousWave: Post-Classic Whalers
|Author||Topic: Weather Curtain|
posted 06-12-2002 11:19 AM ET (US)
Does anyone know where I can get a weather enclosure for my 2000 - 20' Outrage, it has a tee-top, and I am told that I could enclose the whole area of the center console to include captains area !
posted 06-12-2002 02:05 PM ET (US)
I am considering the same for my 23 OR. I donít think you can just buy one, it has to be custom made. Iíve been told that any good canvas shop can make a full enclosure. I went to one such shop but they didnít have any examples they could show me. However, they did say that they could make what ever I wanted.
I donít think full enclosures are commonly done for CCs and as a result, it is hard to find examples of what others have done. Iím still looking though, and would be very interested to see what other CC owners think about the pros and cons of having a full enclosure as well as seeing some examples from those who have them.
posted 06-12-2002 04:14 PM ET (US)
Dive/Fish - See the website photos of the older Outrages with the Mills full cabin/windshield/flying top enclosures. As long as you don't have a Tee Top, this could be accomplished on your Whaler also. Might even contact Mills to see if they could help.
posted 06-12-2002 10:31 PM ET (US)
I recently purchased a boat(23' OR) that came with weather curtains and already took them down. Not because the weather is getting nice but I don't like the loss of visibility. You might also look at comments made under heading of 23' Outrage in Post-Classic section.
posted 06-18-2002 03:21 PM ET (US)
lhg: Thanks for the tip. I did check out the Mills web site. They had some cool stuff but nothing for me because I do have a T Top.
This same topic is also going on in the General forum. A couple of the posters are from my neck of the woods they might have some answers.
Aubv: I know what you mean. Sometimes I stick my head out beyond the post because the windshield even obscures my vision to a certain extent. Personally, I donít mind the elements as long as you are dressed properly but my wife gets cold easily.
posted 06-18-2002 08:29 PM ET (US)
If you specify strataglas and fabrics such as stamoid or sunbrella and have a quality boat canvas shop do your work you would be very surprised at what you can get for any boat. Be prepared to pay but the results are worth it. This assumes that the aluminum substructure is there for attachment. If not get a marine fabricator to do both (most do). The canvas on new whalers leaves a lot to be desired. A few questions around the dock and a little phone book interviewing should lead to a competent firm. Check out the website for strataglas (use any search engine) this stuff is just about as clear as glass.
posted 06-19-2002 06:24 PM ET (US)
Here are some sites I found with pictures of Center Console T Top enclosures:
Look at the custom canvas section of this site
posted 06-20-2002 08:59 AM ET (US)
You got your answer that is it should be taken to or looked at by a local marine canvas shop. You just can't hope to get it right vis mail order.
Mills will not touch the job unless they can see and measure the boat. Guess unless you live on Long Island NY forgrt Mills.
For the windshield area have it made with that new stuff I think called something like Isaglass (sp)or something like that and for the side curtains 30 mil clear which is set up to be rolled up and secured to the T-top when not needed. The windshield stuff is very stiff so you aren't able to roll it like 30 or 40 mil clear plastic. For the 'fabric' areas use a marine grade vinyl fabric which eliminates the stretch out over time of say stuff like Sunbrella fabric.
Just a few construction thoughts a good quality shop can advise when you have it made.
posted 06-20-2002 05:15 PM ET (US)
Depends where you live, there are numerous canvas shops in FLA and other coastal states.
posted 06-20-2002 11:00 PM ET (US)
Carolyn Call George Donovan at Marine Retrofit Old Saybrook He will set you straight. Tell him cousin John said to call.
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