|Finished in the Aft Stateroom|
|Hatch open - the shade blocks the direct sun but lets air in|
I purchased so much of the Coolaroo Sunshade fabric for my deck awning project that I had plenty left over. I had planned to sew some mosquito screens for the hatches, but hadn't bought any fabric for that yet. I was so happy with the sunshade stuff, I decided that it would serve as dual purpose fabric for the hatches, sunshades AND mosquito proofing!
|Drilling the holes to mount the Velstick on an overhead hatch|
|Bruce working on the aft cabin|
Also, I couldn't find it in white, which would be my preferred color.
|Don't know what we would do without the cutting board...|
The Velstick was VERY easy to work with. I used a utility knife to score a line on the back, then bent the stick to break on the line. Then I cut the fabric side with the utility knife. Very easy and no mess.
My workspace was a bit small and the Coolaroo fabric is kind of crawly, but I only ruined one square before I got it right. I cut two identical pieces as two of our hatches were the same.
I found that I got a nice square piece by folding the fabric over in half and measuring half of the width, then folding it the other way and cutting the length.
|Turn both edges at the corners before sewing|
|One on each of two ends going the same direction|
|If only the Velstick were white...|
As I said before, I saved the more difficult part for last... I figured I would get all of my mistakes out of the way on the easier hatches. Well that didn't work out... I sewed one velcro strip on upside down and had to rip out the entire edge... but hey! That's OK...
|The seam across the middle is the two parts velcro'd together|
It turned out well but I did miscalculate one thing. I added a 1 inch allowance for the velcro in the middle there on both pieces. I should only have allowed extra on one of the parts which would fold down onto the other. Instead of ripping out the entire bottom edge, we just affixed a second strip of Velstick below the bottom edge and it stuck right on.
So that's it! Somehow I managed to "wing it" and get the job done. We are VERY happy with the outcome. I think the covers will be really nice on hot days when we don't want the sun bearing down on us... and for sure they provide an impenetrable barrier against bugs, maybe even no-serums.