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Making a new boat tent

Roger Barnes 936
Having acquired my mum's old sewing machine, a new boat tent is my plan for this spring. My last tent was ordinary cotton duck, but I am wondering about a different fabric this time. What fabrics have people used and what is their experience of them?
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John Lidstone 1503

Roger, I'm astonished and impressed that you are considering an alternative to cotton duck. You'll be ditching the hair shirt soon!

I've just used Marchem Top Notch 9. The 9 refers to 9 oz per square yard and is a little lighter than the usual 11. (I'm sure you also know about the differing ways that fabric weight can be specified.) It is designed for lighter boat covers and is reputedly breathable.

Although mine looks a little like a sailing spray hood it is actually too large for sailing and is only erected at anchor, so the lighter weight fabric is ok. I haven't yet closed it in at the aft end so can't totally comment on the breathability. I like the slight flexibility of the fabric which allows it to be pulled tight to straighten out the creases and I like that it is easy to fold up small (ish).

I bent the aluminium tubes and pinned up the TopNotch seams which I then had sewn up by George Benney, Plymouth. Lucky-you having a machine! I would say it is a light enough fabric to use a domestic sewing machine.


Cheers


John




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Having acquired my mum's old sewing machine, a new boat tent is my plan for this spring. My last tent was ordinary cotton duck, but I am wondering about a different fabric this time. What fabrics have people used and what is their experience of them?
Roger Barnes
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Roger Barnes 936
I may end up back with cotton duck - but I notice that Blacks of Greenock now use polycotton on their patrol tents. There is also the expensive option of Ventile. But boat covers are often made of a synthetic canvas, I see. So I am keeping an open mind...

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Roger, I'm astonished and impressed that you are considering an alternative to cotton duck. You'll be ditching the hair shirt soon!
I've just used Marchem Top Notch 9. The 9 refers to 9 oz per square yard and is a little lighter than the usual 11. (I'm sure you also know about the differing ways that fabric weight can be specified.) It is designed for lighter boat covers and is reputedly breathable.
Although mine looks a little like a sailing spray hood it is actually too large for sailing and is only erected at anchor, so the lighter weight fabric is ok. I haven't yet closed it in at the aft end so can't totally comment on the breathability. I like the slight flexibility of the fabric which allows it to be pulled tight to straighten out the creases and I like that it is easy to fold up small (ish).
I bent the aluminium tubes and pinned up the TopNotch seams which I then had sewn up by George Benney, Plymouth. Lucky-you having a machine! I would say it is a light enough fabric to use a domestic sewing machine.

Cheers

John



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Roger Barnes
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Osbert Lancaster 2756
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I used PU coated nylon. It was cheap and I didn’t want to splash out on something more expensive, and breathable, for what was essentially a prototype.

Two problems: condensation and stretch. Nylon stretches when wet so lines need to be tightened to prevent sagging.

A bit about the tent here:
https://forthsailoar.osbert.org/2011/07/04/boat-tent-an-elegant-but-damp-solution/
"Selkie", a Drake rowing boat by Clint Chase
"Scratch", a Walkabout dinghy by John Welsford
Mainly sailing and rowing on the Firth of Forth
forthsailoar.osbert.org
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Re: Making a new boat tent

Gerald Turner 2924
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Will this new tent be Achitect designed, or just an amatuer lash up?😁