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10 Ideas for Cockpit Covers-Awnings etc. (Pub. No. 5637)

In addition to cockpit covers, awnings and windows, there are a couple of designs for useful demountable tops for small outboard or inboard boats. Here's an excerpt from the description of one of these: A DEMOUNTABLE TOP, FOR OUTBOARD OR INBOARD. Plans herewith is shown a collapsible top for an average open boat with outboard or inboard motor. This top (for an outboard) consists of six pieces for complete coverage and live pieces to run boat, allowing for motor flap which would let in very little rain and no spray. For an inboard it consists of four pieces, running or standing, fore and aft zipper openings on inboard being used if desired. For stowing, the biggest item, the ridge board, is the easiest. It stows in bottom of boat under rubber mat. Two stanchions for outboard nest along stem at bow and the one rib for inboard nests in with canopy. Other canvas folds into a small bundle (12 by 12 by 3 inches) for stowage anywhere convenient. There are no screws, bolts or nuts or pipe threads to screw. Everything lies securely in place during the roughest storm. The outfit takes not more than three minutes to install. This top has resulted from considerable experience in boat fishing. This top stows conveniently, is quickly and easily set up and demounted, and absolutely weather-tight. It can be fished from while covered and the boat can be run with front and rear zippers opened to suit. The canopy is easily pulled in place when the sun is too hot and the zipper triangle allows for air if desired.

24 pages, 2 plate(s)

How to Lay and Repair Canvas Decks (Pub. No. 5640)

After many paintings the deck paint builds up quite a thickness for a paint film. Often this paint film is made up of several different brands of deck paint, one over the other. This in itself tends to accelerate the checking for no two manufacturers make their paints alike and one composition is likely to be more flexible than the others or it may expand at a different ratio to the others. One paint may dry harder and with less flexibility, or one may be exceptionally flexible. A harder coating under or between or over more flexible coatings is sure to cause checking. The small hair checks grow into cracks which seldom stop short of the canvas and sometimes the canvas is cracked as well. Too thick a coat of any paint or old paint that has stood in a partially used can and formed a thick skin is very likely to crack. Deck paint should be well brushed out and rubbed into the under coat, not laid on like enamel or varnish. Many coats of paint on a deck are not necessary for the paint to crack. Deck paint takes a terrible beating. Besides being walked on, it must withstand anchors and all sorts of gear along with continual exposure. The Summer sun is really hot at times and draws oil from the paint at the expense of flexibility. When this hot deck gets a sudden splashing of cold sea water or a sudden shower, the paint is contracted so quickly that there is not time for it to contract as a whole. Consequently, it checks in spots and exposure to sun and weather extends and deepens the checks into real cracks.

28 pages

Demountable Cabin for Open Runabouts (Pub. No. 7827)

This raising and lowering top made of plywood and canvas will give your open boat many of the advantages of a small cabin cruiser and still can be easily removed whenever wished. Lowered for ordinary running the sides rest on the deck or gunwales making the entire structure so low it will not catch the wind, the light weight of the materials of which it is made together with this lowness, avoiding any tendency toward top-heaviness. Blankets and air mattresses, a box with food and galley supplies, spare clothes and odd gear in dunriage bags—everything you need for cruising—can be kept dry, and on long runs in damp or cold weather the idle member of the crew can crawl beneath for a snooze or smoke out of the wind or rain. At anchor or pulled up close to the beach the top is raised and its canvas sides tied down to give sitting up headroom.

4 page(s)

Winter Cocoon for Your Boat, A (Pub. No. 7890)

by R.P. Smith

If you are a sailor who prefers to keep his boat where it may be worked on during lay-up or if you’re near sheltered water where you winter afioat, you might try our trick of building a plastic house for your boat to protect her from the ravages of the weather. Leaves, dirt and organisms ranging from bacteria and algae. to the fungus that produces dry rot thrive in a dirty boat filled with rain water. Plain Jane, our 12-ft. all-purpose utility is kept shipshape with a plastic winter cover which doubles as a shelter cuddy for getting out of the elements when duck hunting or fishing in nippy weather. Unlike a cumbersome tarpaulin or huge plastic cover, this cover can be put on in seconds. It will not sag, won't fill with water, won't leak and can be put up in sections, depending on how much shelter is needed.

2 page(s)

Convert to a Cruiser with Canvas (Pub. No. 7936)

Put a top and curtains on any boat, and you’ve added a cabin—the best season stretcher around.

Check any waterfront lineup and you’ll find a fine variety of ways to stay out of the sun and rain. Not every boat is suitable for adding a sail, but any craft can use canvas to become a convertible and change an open cockpit into a shelter. Even a sailing surfboard skipper can drape a sail over the boom and create a tent of sorts for overnighting on a beach. You’ll see runabouts with fold-back tops, sun shelters above flying bridges, covers on open skiffs and sailboat cockpits, pop-tops, Bimini Tops and Navy tops. The trade refers to all this as “canvas,” even though the material may be vinyl, plain or cloth-backed, a canvas-like synthetic such as Acrilan, or even—and it is still useful—genuine canvas duck. Buy a new boat and you’ll be offered a list of “canvas” options. Here's some ides for doing your own.

2 page(s)

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