Monday, May 18, 2015

Don't Rain on My Porch

When we're on the boat, the cockpit really serves as the main gathering/activity space; living room, dining room, laundry room, porch, bar, dance floor etc.- at any given point it could be used for a variety of different purposes. Don't get me wrong, I like being all cozy down in the cabin at night or during inclement weather but really nothing beats being out in the fresh air with beautiful views surrounding you...even if it is a little extra humid out if you know what I mean.

In order to help make the cockpit space a little more live-able and comfortable we opted to put a layer of waterproofing/fabric guard on the bimini and dodger to help keep those annoying drips away as much as possible. Not to mention to protect the material from a tropical sun that can eat up and make very short work of even the best outdoor canvas.

The 303 needs a clean surface to adhere to and since our canvas really wasn't dirty I just hosed them off and let them dry.
The dodger really soaked up the water
Even the less than 2 year old bimini wasn't as water resistant as I thought it would be
But the connector between the dodger and bimini was in great shape!
 Just goes to show how the sun can break down materials, even up here - the bimini is up all summer, the connector is only up when we're anchored and want a little more shade in the cockpit or we need some shelter from the rain (both are the same age).
I covered the eisenglass, it tends to be pretty sensitive to contact with just about everything. Seriously, sunscreen and Pledge are some of the worst! Right after I sprayed the 303 on I removed the tape and paper, I may have gotten a little liberal with my criss-cross spraying and didn't want the paper to soak through.
I also hit the seams a little heavier so they took a little longer to dry
Ready to go!

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