above: fitting the canvas
below: the finished product
above & below: the view from inside the cockpit
below: one of our regulars - this collie comes to the harbour to exercise in good weather
the canvas is up and it fits perfectly! Melody is starting to look like a real cruiser. the cover creates a new 'room' for us to live in. now we can comfortably chill and have meals on deck without worrying about cold weather.
the panels are all connected with a bolt rope which slides into aluminium extrusions attached to the underside of the cockpit roof and one on the deck in front. they can be attached to the deck in bad weather or rolled up in good weather, for more ventilation and space.
next up for the cockpit is a fold up table so we can enjoy those outdoor meals with drinks at sunset :)