The time has come. We’re finishing up our full powerboat enclosure that we’ve been working on for Project Powerboat today with the aft curtain. Our aft curtain includes a zippered, roll-up door and is attached at the top to the radar arch with awning track.
The previous aft curtain on this boat attached to the radar arch via snaps. We chose to use an awning track instead because it offers a sleeker, cleaner look and is very secure. Plus, the old enclosure had some issues with water running in between the snaps when it rained, and the awning track system will prevent those issues.
This attachment system consists of the awning track attached directly to the radar arch with an awning rope running through the track. The fabric panels then attach to the awning rope with a zipper. To assemble this we first bent and installed Flex-a-Rail Awning Track to the radar arch. To get a clean look and to protect the zippers from the sun, we created a small Sunbrella flap that we attached to the flange of our Keder Awning rope. Then we installed half of our zippers (the side with the starter pin) on the awning rope flange as well. The result is a hidden zipper and rope, which we think looks really great.
For our enclosure we used Sunbrella Marine Grade fabric for the facings, but vinyl is also a popular option. Stamoid or Weblon Regatta vinyl would both be great fabric options, if you prefer vinyl. And, as always, the principles used in this video are also applicable for sailboat enclosure projects.
In this video you will also learn how to bend awning track and install it on your boat, pattern your aft panels, sewing and installing zippers, and adding fasteners.
- V-92 Polyester or Tenara Thread
- Flex-a-Rail Awning Track
- Sunbrella Marine Grade Fabric (we used 46″ Tresco Birch)
- 1″ Sunbrella Acrylic Bias Binding (we used Cocoa)
- 5/16″ Keder Awning Rope
- #10 YKK® Vislon Finished Zipper Single Pull
- Seamstick Basting Tape for Canvas (we used 1/4″ and 3/8″)
- Dura Skrim Patterning Material
- O’Sea Polished 30 Gauge Vinyl 54″ x 110″
- Shelter-Rite Vinyl (we used Black)
- DOT® Snap Fastener Hard Action Socket
- SnapRite® Snap Fastener Button Silver 1/4″ Barrel
- #10 YKK® Vislon® Continuous Zipper
- #10 YKK® Vislon® Metal Double Slider with Non-Locking Pull
- Stayput Shock Cord Cover Clip
- Shock Cord Lacing Knob
- Zipper Pull Tab
- 1″ Nylon Webbing (900#)
- DOT® Snap Fastener Eyelet 1/4″
- DOT® Snap Fastener Standard Stud
- DOT® Snap Eyelet 5/16″
- SnapRite® Snap Fastener Button Silver 11/64″ Barrel
All the materials needed to make your own full boat enclosure are available at Sailrite.com.
This wraps up our full powerboat enclosure series, but we have more tutorials from our Project Powerboat still to come, so be sure to subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss a post!