View Full Version : Cover for Coquina.
02-06-2012, 01:40 PM
Ok now that the decision has been made to the the Coquina in the water, I need to obtain a good cover to keep rainwater out of the boat. Anybody here have an open boat that stays in the water and has found a good method of keeping her dry?
It sounds like Sunbrella is the material of choice. I plan on using battens sprung across the cockpit to keep the shape.
One big question is attaching it without Affecting the appearance of the boat. I could use shock cord around the perimeter as the masts on the Coquina are very easy to unstep and they store in the cockpit.
lots of options here.
02-06-2012, 04:54 PM
I recommend putting your masts down in chocks in the mast steps and use that for a ridge pole instead of all those battens. You've already got masts on hand so you you won't need to find somewhere to store those battens when not in use. Also your varnish will last longer if it's out of the sun.
Here's a cover I built for Rowan. http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?120113-Making-a-Fitted-Boat-Cover-for-Rowan
02-06-2012, 08:47 PM
James thank you. That is what I'm thinking of.
02-06-2012, 10:20 PM
There have been some great threads on this topic before, well worth a search. The big issue is how to keep the material fastened to the the gunwales without getting it too tight and wearing the varnish & paint, or getting it too loose and letting in birds, dirt and moisture.
Some folks have used straps that go under the keel, which may be best for long-term storage, but can be a hassle if you sail it often as they're hard to pull under the boat. I've heard of people using weights of various sorts, but again the wearing and hassle seems to rule that out.
W&C used to make some lovely SB batten-base-mount hardware pieces that would mount flush into the gunwales, but these are nearly impossible to find and very expensive if you do. Consider using something washable for padding around the bottom edge, so it can be cleaned and dried separately from the cover when it gets mucky, salty and funky.
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