COCKPIT COVER INSTRUCTIONS
By Joran Gendell (ELIXIR)
Joran Gendell recently designed and built a neat cockpit cover (which only covers the cockpit) for his MK-II Yawl, ELIXIR.
The cockpit cover is just the thing needed to keep leaves and other debris out of the cockpit while providing easy access to the cockpit.
My girlfriend and I made the cockpit cover. Yes, it is proving to be practical. For a quick mid-winter trip below, I can just unsnap the forward port corner and access the companionway. I may use it occasionally during the summer. For now, I have the dodger frames removed. In the spring, we plan on reinstalling the frame and modifying the cockpit cover with velcro slits to go under/around the frame hinges.
The following tips are provided, but you will get the idea by viewing the photos of the cover:
(Click on the Thumbnail Photos to see and Enlarged Photo)
- Start with two length of Sunbrella, seamed down the middle.
- Across the cabin top and down the house sides, use the existing dodger fasteners.
- I screwed one "lift-the-dot" fastener to a handle, as a tool. When heated with a flame, this burned/melted each hole for the installation of the fasteners in the cover.
- The cover "tents" over the binnacle.
- The seam stops just forward of the mizzen mast. On the underside, webbing holds a D-ring. This gets lashed to the mizzen to carry the primary fore/aft tension. This feature could easily be adapted for a sloop.
- Just aft of the mizzen mast, the seam resumes, but with velcro closures.
- At the end of the velcro, grommets and a lashing hold the centerline together.
- A total of ten snaps (five per side) were installed in the coamings
- Just aft of the secondary winches, the cover transitions from "snapped down" to "lashed down".
I ordered 12 yards from Sailmaker's Supply which left a large remnant for other odd jobs.
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