DIY Spray Deck?
On the same weekend as the other project, I was reflecting on a trip we had made in March, where on returning from the Solent to Poole, we encountered some really rough seas. Whilst we were all dressed for the weather, I could not help but feel sorry for Mrs 250kts and 125kts who were sat on the rear bench seat. Everytime I turned round to check on them, it was like some comedy sketch, were someone in the wings was throwing a bucket of water over them.
We then began to run parallel with a Redbay who was making about the same headway, but had the open top crew enclosure, so were considerably dryer. That got me thinking ...
This is what I came up with! This is the prototype and made from light weight, Hotair ballon fabric (ripstop). Whilst it works very well, Version 2 is being made with white heavier sail cloth. It attaches to the windscreen surround with two push on pipe clips on a shaped piece of stainless steel and then to the A frame with quick release shock cords. It keeps with wind and spray off without restricting movement or viability and as you see, rolls up small enough to store in rear bench.
Pic1 = rolled up on bench
Pic2 = before errection!!
Pic3 = Interior view
Pic4 = The helm
Pic5 = The rear seat protection