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Old 28-11-2011, 03:52   #1
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My Substitute for Curtains :-)

Boat never had any when purchased - simply cheap (looking) track

I was going to get some curtains made, and I even created some custom fittings for a new track (with brass rods ). But Curtains not free

But what I tried in the summer was these:-



Made out of vinyl foam.

I tried 2 versions, one with a silver backing (bubble insulation!) and the other with simply plain vinyl (so only 1 layer of foam inside).......I couldn't tell the difference in "performance" - both always cool to the touch, admittedly I am not in the Tropics ..........I decided to go for the only vinyl version because a) makes it a bit easier to put in place and b) I ran out of bubble insulation

My windows have a condensation trap that holds them in place nicely - but would work as well with a couple of "suckers".

BTW that top left cut edge is deliberate - makes easier to remove

Pros:-

Cheap
Store flat
Keeps out prying eyes - 100%.
Guaranteed privacy...........at night

Cons:-

A bit of a fiddle to make.


Anyway, thought I would throw that into the pot
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Old 28-11-2011, 04:26   #2
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Re: My Substitute for Curtains :-)

That's much tidier than using brass rods, I'd say. How would you attach suckers to them (We don't have condensation traps)?
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That's much tidier than using brass rods, I'd say. How would you attach suckers to them (We don't have condensation traps)?
Drill a hole in 'em

I had a few suckers around (i think they are called suction cups) - exactly the same idea as car window shades:-



Foldable Car Black Mesh Side Window Sun Shades with Suction Cups (44 x 36CM/2-Pack)

In this case I would probably use 2.
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Re: My Substitute for Curtains :-)

Very cool idea there. I'll have to keep that in mind.

I remember when I lived on my Grampian. She came with really ugly curtains which I instantly tossed. For most of the summer I lived without curtains, but one day, after Terri and I had started seeing each other, that changed.

We were smooching in the main cabin, and she glanced up to see one of our friends gazing back with a smile on his face. OMG what a kerfuffle. So, to keep her from going even further with the cursing, I grabbed a can of spray paint and painted the ports. A light buff color if I remember correctly, and that stopped the noise. Next day I cleaned up the over spray and left them painted for the balance of the time I owned the boat. When the sun was on that side, they had a nice glow to them, and no one could see in or out.

Of course, I expect the next owner wasn't too happy about cleaning them off again.
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Re: My Substitute for Curtains :-)

I think you could make something similar using magnets and a rigid piece of wood or metal.
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I think you could make something similar using magnets and a rigid piece of wood or metal.
I think it's a case of whatever works / what odds 'n' ends are floating around and simply trying ideas out.

FWIW I was originally thinking about external sun shades, just thought would give internal a go and see what happens.

Of course I did (and still do!) have lots of other things I could (and should? ) have spent the time (and noodle power ) on - but, as my school reports used to say: "easily distracted"
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Our boat came with cuphooks on either side of the ports but no curtains or rods. I strung some thin shock cord between the hooks and my wife found some solid blue cloth napkins at a thrift store. 14 curtains for under $20, labor to hem the curtains not included. she made me take her out to dinner, I probably would have been better off bying curtains.
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Re: My Substitute for Curtains :-)

DOJ - I'm surprised your dock neighbors didn't buy and install curtains on your boat a long time ago...

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DOJ - I'm surprised your dock neighbors didn't buy and install curtains on your boat a long time ago...

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