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Our Cockpit Is Getting A Big Makeover

written by Terysa December 16, 2017

One of the big projects we intended to do during our time in the USA was to give our cockpit a makeover. Now, I don’t know if you, dear Reader, are aware of how very expensive it is to outsource canvas work or sewing projects for boats, but believe me: it’s pricey. So we decided to just bite the bullet and learn how to do it ourselves.

Nick took on this project way back last year in Antigua when we had just about had enough of getting the cockpit soaking wet every time a rain shower came through… which was often. So he decided to make some clear side panels to deal with that problem. It was a huge success and even though he wasn’t totally happy with some of the sewing work, the panels were perfect. They kept the cockpit dry but still allowed panoramic views of the anchorage, marina, or wherever we were sailing.

Nick’s plan was to extend the panels into a full cockpit enclosure. While this might not be necessary for tropical climates, when it’s colder, or we’re in a marina where the rain might enter from the back of the boat, a cockpit tent is a must-have. It means we can still sit outside and enjoy the view, without being completely exposed to the elements.

However, his first project- and one that he anticipated would ease him into the bigger challenge of the cockpit enclosure- was to replace our ratty old cockpit cushions with some lovely new ones. So that’s what Nick did in this episode. Spoiler alert: they turn out AWESOME!

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John Edward Voigtlander O'Keefe December 31, 2017 at 11:49 pm

Love the cushion work! I consider myself a handyman with my RV but never tackled making a cushion; Yet.

S/V Sea Otter January 13, 2018 at 12:30 am

Welcome to the Lowcountry!

We have a few more very cold nights coming next week again, thankfully no more snow.

I have my sailboat berthed over on the Cooper River Marina about 15min from where ya’ll are, and I felt the same way you did when I went to check on it, and realized the amount of ice onboard.

Anyway just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed the videos.

John February 13, 2018 at 12:22 am

Great job on the cushions. Want to do mine for a side project? In progress are all my interior cushions. Lol

Toby Hufford April 18, 2018 at 6:21 pm

Hello from Sovereign Harbour…. I too have a Southerly 38 berthed in Eastbourne, East Sussex, UK. Name “Poli Poli” East African Swaheli for “slowly slowly”. Bought her new at end 2009/2010. As an extra had the tan canvas cockpit tent made. One of the best extras and pieces of kit we invested in… zips and attaches to spray hood. Goes up every night when we arrive in a marina/port/anchorage etc. Rule… “nothing wet goes below”… cockpit tent becomes an additional room, sheltered space… acts as a greenhouse/drying room… for the UK/ northern Europe climate an absolute must. And… cockpit teak and surfaces all stay as good as new. My cockpit teak seats, floor etc do not go grey and mucky! Comes down of course…when sailing… 5 min job. Toby and Margaret.

Pam McClure January 31, 2019 at 4:21 am

So impressed by the cushion! I know you didn’t film the meltdowns etc. but to even attempt AND to finish is impressive. Well done.

Terysa January 31, 2019 at 4:31 am

Thankyou Pam! There were a couple of meltdowns though haha.


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