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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.

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The old front curtain

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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We just released our new Make Your Own Full Boat Enclosure DVD, and it highlights some tips and techniques we think you’re going to love. A full boat enclosure offers great protection from sea spray, cold air, and bugs and insects, but it can also make your cockpit feel a bit stuffy. Adding a U-shaped window to your enclosure will allow you to let the breeze roll in when you want it and keep the cold air out when you don’t.

Installing a curved zipper may seem tricky, but the secret is knowing when to baste and sew each part. Since we know many of you are working on projects right now, we wanted to give you a sneak peek of our DVD and share with you steps on how to install a basic curved zipper.

This video demonstrates a complete curved zipper installation including: sewing the binding, sewing the zipper, adding zipper stops, and attaching a strap to secure the rolled up window. For those looking to customize an existing window, a detailed materials list is included at the end of the video.

 

This video outlines the most basic smile zipper installation, but the DVD set explores several different ways to install a curved zipper window in your enclosure. Video instructions for adding a stationary, roll up, or removable screen to an enclosure curtain panel are available on the Make Your Own Full Boat Enclosure DVD or on our website.

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