Sunday, March 2, 2014

Gotcha Covered

I got tired of having to bail water out of Bluesette every time we uncovered her.   A few weeks ago I went looking for a new cover.    The original one was good material - Sunbrella - in terms of wear, but proved unreliable when it came to weatherproofing and became a home for mildew. The fit was a bit loose and it sagged in rear of the cockpit and I had to use line or bungee cord to support it.   Japan's climate is tough one for rain and mildew and despite my best efforts at cleaning and re-waterproofing, the mildew always returned and lots of rain always found its way into the boat.

I came across SLO Sail & Canvas, makers of sails, boat covers, and catamaran trampolines, who are located in San Luis Obispo, California, and ordered a cover made of Top Gun Fabric.    SLO was fast!  I placed my order on the 15th of February, and in less than a week they completed the cover and shipped it to me USPS Priority International.  It went through Japan customs and was delivered on the 27th! 

Here's a clip of SLO Sail and Canvas making a cover for a Sunfish:  

We took the new cover out to Hinuma, removed the old cover, bailed out Bluesette again, cleaned up a bit and installed the new cover and mast socks.   I ordered attached straps which clip into place.  The fit is nice and tight with no sagging. 

 The new cover from SLO Sail and Canvas

As the yacht harbor's dock was closed for repairs, it was quiet with the only movement coming from ducks on the dock and about ten Black Kites (as in the bird of prey) circling overhead. Since we had not been out there since November 24th we took some time to catch up with Mrs Hakuta and her two grand children over some green tea in the club house.  

Perhaps in a month or so we'll go sailing again.  Until then, I trust our new cover will keep things nice and dry.

And until next, sweet sailing.


Doc Häagen-Dazs said...

What gives, Panda? I always thought bailing was part of boating? And I thought you were old school!?

Pandabonium said...

Yeah, Doc, bailing IS a part of boating - when you're on the water, not when you're on dry land. :)

Zen said...

Another reason for a big boat!

Pandabonium said...

Zen - Bigger boat = more to bail!

my2fish said...

Nice video of a Sunfish cover fabrication! I might just copy this to post on my blog.

Pandabonium said...

Please do. After 4 plus months we returned to find Bluesette totally dry. That's a first for us living in Japan. We are sold on SLO covers.