Originally Posted by Ocean Girl
Yes, I bought my netting from Gourock
too. I haven't installed yet, so some questions.
I thought to hang up the bulk net on the top lifeline and to the bottom support line ( no hooks method using dyneema
) to make it easier to split the bottom and trim ends. Good idea?
Since these are square nets ( not the diamond) the hanging is pretty straight forward? I can stretch tight to fit, without much fuss yes?
I'm using Dacron to attach. Since the netting is square not diamond did you have issues making a straight edge?
Are you able to post a picture. It is actually kinda hard to find an installation picture of square netting that does not have a border trim sewn into it. I did find the picture below to help me with ideas for working the bowsprit
I will post installation pics on a different thread that is already running about netting. Should be done this month.
Thanks for any input.
Srry I did not get back to you sooner on the netting questions, I had to set up and transport our new/old boat from Maine
to Narragansett Bay recently and was out of the loop awhile.
The square netting is easy to work with, I just disconnected my lifelines
and ran them through the loops of the upper set of squares (doubled over for one row) then reconnected them. The lower edge is held in the same manner you are thinking of, just make sure the line you use to secure the lower edge is UV resistant.
On my C&C
the lower edge was easy to secure with line because it has an aluminum
toe rail the length of the deck
which the line can be looped through, the new boat has the same type of toe rail.
If your boat does not have this type of toe rail I'd suggest adding padeyes to the deck at the midway point between the stanchions to run the line through, this would at least secure the lower edge enough to keep most animals
inside the rails. If my 2-1/2 year old boy can't get through it it's pretty effective, he's all boy and pretty darn good at escaping anything.
The netting does have some give to it so it can be stretched a little, but not much since it's meant to contain baseballs and other objects flying at high velocities.
IT was no problem cutting it, the netting comes in a standard width that is just about exactly double the width needed for standard stachion heights so cutting it in half length wise provided the proper width needed for the stanchion height. I used a commercial
quality set of scissors I bought for cutting fiberglass
mat, they are larger, heavier duty and cut through it quite easily. Once laid out on a floor or across a large dining room table it's easy to follow the netting squares to get a good cut, just make sure to lay it out straight on as large a surface as you can to avoid getting off line and ruining a whole section by going off line.
I do not have any pictures of the netting close up right now but will get some the next time I get to the boat, I'll be getting that one hauled soon for winter storage
(it's up for sale
with netting already installed) but the other boat will stay in until the end of the season.
One thing to think about, on both boats I sometimes use a snap on block and sheet lead to the toe rail to get the foot of the headsail outboard
further to get better sail trim on beam reaches, it works really well as a solution for boats with their genoa
tracks inboard on the side decks. In this case you need to space the bottom edge out in these areas to allow for this, I also use this when flying a spinaker, whether an asym or standard spinaker.
If you have any questions fire away!