March 26 & 27 2011 With
the previous top badly deteriorated, I knew I HAD to do new canvas
(which was part of the incentive to add the hardtop) though I had never
done any kind of canvas work. Of course I started with the most complex
panel! It didn't come out great and maybe I will redo it if there is
enough material left over.
The starboard panel, my second attempt, came out better.
And, since the weather was cooperating (for a change) I got a chance to get primer on the hardtop extension.
most complex canvas was the stern panel and it took two whole
days to complete! With a full width screen, a roll-up clear window,
angled and tapered sides, and complex corners, it was A REAL BEAR
and resulted in some un-ladylike language and a few seams ripped and
re-done. Finally after blood shed and frustration, it was completed. It
should provide a great view over the stern underway.
rather drizzly weather, I managed to complete the two remaining panels
(April 9 & 10) leaving only a few minor details to be done. It is a
little rough but will have to do for my first attempt at canvas work.The
roll-up windows should be nice in the summer and the two mid panels
(port & starboard) are divided in two sections to make it easy to
open only one section at dock side. Roll-up windows eliminate the need
to store extra (clear) panels when using only screens. Cloth curtains
will be added on the inside for privacy and shade.