Pontoon enclosure process honed to perfection

September 1st, 2021

This photo shows a full enclosure on a double decker pontoon with screens and blackout curtains. By Michael Charpentier Here at Paul’s Custom Canvas Inc., we have seen our fair share of pontoon boats over the years. Some of the first were a few pieces of wood bolted to two pontoons with basic seating and […]

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Track-to-track enclosure fabrication

January 1st, 2021

This custom Makrolon enclosure is on a Dix 57 steel-hulled sailing sloop restored by the author's friends over the past 18 years. Photo taken in Smiths Cove, Gloucester, Mass. By Mark Hood, MFC At Hood Canvas, we fabricate rigid panels frequently. We have devised a method of fabricating these panels that is more mainstream than […]

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Working with pattern angles

September 1st, 2015

This article is a preview of our hands-on presentation at the Marine Fabricators Conference this coming Jan. 14-16 in Clearwater, Fla. I want to talk about manipulation of pattern angles for both better quality and less time spent patterning. I will attempt to simplify and not talk about one-step patterns here. Most really large jobs […]

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Window materials enhance enclosures

March 1st, 2011

When it comes to fabricating a clear window for a boat-owning customer, canvas shops who are experienced in both soft vinyl and semi-rigid materials maintain a competitive advantage. The keys to becoming a successful fabricator include understanding the materials, identifying ideal applications and, of course, plenty of practice. Understanding soft vinyl Soft boat enclosures, made […]

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Fabricating a California dodger

March 1st, 2011

In the last article (Jan/Feb issue), we covered patterning a California dodger on the boat. Then we went back to the shop and developed the raw pattern into a workable version for cutting out the dodger pieces and parts. (Refer to our “Fabricating an enclosure” article from the Jan/Feb 2010 issue for instruction on how […]

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Patterning a California dodger

January 1st, 2011

At Hood Canvas, we use a 10-inch radius bender for our California dodgers. This produces a squarer frame than our more rounded 18-inch radius traditional dodgers. The style provides more room under the dodger, as well as superior ventilation and visibility for the helmsman. At the sailboat, set up your frame, install the deck fasteners […]

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Covered smile windows

September 1st, 2010

At Hood Canvas, we put a storm flap over all our “smile” windows. This is important because if you do not, they will leak, especially if they are on an angle. We use a #10 coil zipper on all our smile windows, as they are self repairing. We also use double sliders on each smile […]

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Cutting tips for semi-rigid enclosures

January 1st, 2010

Semi-rigid enclosures have become a growing market over the past 10 years. The majority of these enclosures are bonded panels that are fabricated by EZ2CY and Rainier Industries. These enclosures are usually sold to the upper tier of boat owners and are generally out of reach, price wise, for the average customer. In recent years, […]

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Using track-to-track installation for enclosures

May 1st, 2008

Tips and techniques from a veteran fabricator for flawless track-to-track enclosures. When using track-to-track installation for enclosures, step-by-step instructions are helpful to achieve a proper fit, which creates a high-quality-looking job. Utilizing a track-to-track technique is necessary for today’s marine fabricator. A standard “snap” enclosure may take away from the look of today’s beautiful, sleek […]

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Semi-rigid windows offer profitable opportunities

January 1st, 2008

It didn’t take long for Jeri Perillo to get hooked on working with semi-rigid windows and enclosures. Perillo’s company, Custom Canvas of Charleston in North Charleston, S.C., installed its first semi-rigid enclosure four years ago on a boat at the request of Rainier Windows. Custom Canvas started fabricating the windows for Tiara yachts, and other […]

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