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Old 11 May 2015, 11:36   #11
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Looks fantastic! I am missing the bow dodger from my old avon, it worked so well, but then it sat so low in the water it needed it!

Might have to have a look at how I can give this a go!
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Old 11 May 2015, 11:51   #12
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Nice one Gurnard!
I like that a lot.
I'm now leaning heavily towards plagiarising your design over my initial perspex screen idea.
I can see that the spray hood is going to catch a lot more spray
than a screen.
I'm thinking of screwing 2 small wooden blocks to the seat - drilling a vertical hole into the wooden block.
Using this to house an old dome tent carbon fibre pole. Thereafter more or less a copy your design.
Might use the tent material itself or chop up a piece of tarp.
Hand sewing can be quite therapeutic if the material lends itself to passing a needle thru it.
Recently sewed a motorbike bag which was tough as old boots - my fingers were peppered with needle pricks.
Not fun at all.
The mother in laws sewing machine will be getting borrowed very soon I think.
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Old 11 May 2015, 12:17   #13
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I'm thinking of screwing 2 small wooden blocks to the seat - drilling a vertical hole into the wooden block.
Using this to house an old dome tent carbon fibre pole.
The problem that you might have with that is any water caught by the fabric would be directed into the boat, where the poles are, unless you're going to tie the bottom of the fabric to the side of the boat somehow?
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Old 11 May 2015, 12:50   #14
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Hi again guys.. yup..Blootac is correct..keep the tarp over the outside edge of the boat. If the boat nose dives into a wave.. water can still come under the gap..but its a lot less than if you didnít have one. Spray is all deflected and runs back into the sea.

Each SIB is a challenge on how to fix it.. here is how the seago pole is held in place. I carefully drilled a hole into the existing fitting that the side ropes were attached too. The rod fits in it. I use a thinner rod..only 5mm diameter..and because everything is under tension..the end has never once come out..even when the nose is under a large wave.





I also used the existing D rings to tie the cover on..and they work a treat too. It makes a big difference to the seago..and it can go out in bigger waves than without the cover..without filling with water.





Kaman..if you can hold off a week or two..I will give you some lengths of pole at the SIB outing. Hope that helps inspire a few variations. I didnt want anything solid either..if a huge breaker hits mine..it will just collapse..then spring back up when the weight of water is off. Something solid like a shower guard ..may shatter or cause damage.
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Old 11 May 2015, 15:48   #15
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Hi Gurnard and Blootac.
Yep going to have the cover out over the top of the tube to shed water outside the sib.
Going to attach it to the eyelets around the top of the tubes.
The tent I'm planning to chop up for the project is basic all a kids play tent which has very flimsy poles.
They might be suitable for the job but if not I will definitely take you up on your kind offer Gurnard.
Will post up some pics in coming weeks when I get around to making a cover.
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Meant to add - you can see the carry handles on the outside edge of the Honwave tube have very handy looking holes in them.
I may well utilise these handles instead of the seat to anchor the pole for the spray guard onto the Sib.
Gurnard - as for my Seago there isn't as many options to anchor a spray guard down.
It's more of a challenge.
I see in your pics you have utilised the bow rings.
I can't see any other options without glueing parts onto the tubes.
So again I think mines will be very similar to yours when finished .
Thanks for posting the pics.
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Old 11 May 2015, 16:42   #17
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Had another look at the Honwave front grab handle and they look absolutely spot on for housing the spray guard pole.
Why don't manufacturers make / supply spray guards???
I know dome of the old Avons had them but 99% of Sibs don't have any fixings to add one.
Hey ho it will keep me busy for a while - out of her indoors way.
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Old 20 May 2015, 11:07   #18
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Had a spare hour before work today so blew up the Seago and commenced spray cover project.
Cut some wooden blocks and mounted them to the seat to use as mounts for the arch of tge cover.
Next chopped up an old tent utilising the ground sheet for the cover itself and the poles for the arch.
Roughly pegged it out marked where it needs sewing.
Will cut it and sew it in the coming weeks once I borrow the monster in laws Singer sewing machine.
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Old 20 May 2015, 11:13   #19
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A few pics of project thus far........
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Most sibs have a hooked lip on the rubbing strake that lends itself very handy to use these plastic hooks sold on ebay
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You can loop through some bungee cord onto some eyelets or do individual fixings such as this canopy
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