Surviving the hot Florida summers presents some challenges for liveaboards. So a big priority for us was sun shades for the windows to cut down the heat radiating through the windows, and new canvas.
When we decided to purchase a trawler, one consideration was to buy a new industrial sewing machine so that I could make some of the window coverings and covers. After much research I purchased a Sailrite Ultrafeed LS-1 Walking Foot Sewing Machine from Sailrite. My first project was to make sun shades for all of the windows out of Phifertex Plus Vinyl Mesh. This vinyl fabric provides 90% sun protection and is easy to clean. The fabric was easy to sew and the panels were installed with snaps.
Next came covers for the v-berth hatch and the aft cabin. These were made with Sunbrella Plus Marine Canvas.
The big project was replacing the bimini and enclosing the bridge with side curtains. The original bimini top was in poor condition and didn’t cover the entire bridge. This project was more than I could tackle so we hired Tom Seiler, a Cape Coral canvas maker. So the bridge framework was extended, a new Sunbrella Plus bimini installed and side curtains were made out of Strata-glass. What a huge improvement it made to our trawler.