Today we’re back working on the full boat enclosure for our Project Powerboat. The next piece in the puzzle is the front curtain. The front curtain on our boat will attach to the side curtains with zippers and then snap across the front, along the top of the windshield. Let’s take a closer look at how these curtain panels come together.
Our front curtain is actually made up of three panels that are all attached at the top to the bimini by one long zipper. Our curtain is made up of three panels because our boat has a door in the center of the windshield, so we made the center panel of the enclosure to roll up to allow easy access through the door. The roll up window features webbing straps to keep it in place and Velcro flaps to protect the zippers that run on either side of the roll up panel. We cover how to make all of these accessories in the video.
As we did for the side curtains, we made the front panel out of 30 gauge O’Sea® clear vinyl trimmed with Sunbrella® Marine Grade facing with a Shelter-Rite® backing.
We’ll teach you how to install a zipper to your bimini top, pattern for your panels on your boat, sew facing and zippers, make Velcro zipper closure flaps, and install snaps along the bottom of the curtain.
You can find the full tutorial video and all the materials needed to make your own enclosure front curtains (and all your other enclosure panels) at Sailrite.com by searching #200663XHT.
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