Date: 3 May 2015. Screening My Hatch
Yes, I am
working on a budget. Now there are some who would claim
that in order to do something well, it must be done to perfection.
Using only top quality products and name brands will generally
speaking result in a better outcome. However I would rather have
something today that works, even if it is not an ideal solution. And in that
regard I opted to buy a screen kit from China.
years ago General George Patton said something that remains true
today. He said: "A good plan violently executed now is better than a
perfect plan next week."
hatch did have a cover with screening around the bottom that worked
well for a few years. Finally, this spring the material had
deteriorated too much to be repaired. And believe me, I have fixed
that thing many times in the past. Canvas only lasts so long when
exposed to the elements.
That is why I went
to eBay seeking a screen of sorts. Now I could have shopped Amazon
(and I appreciate it very much when you use my links to buy stuff over
there) however this time eBay was less costly.
When you use my link
to buy anything on the Amazon site, a small amount is deposited into
my bank account.
Your prices are the same whether you
to use my link or
go directly to Amazon.
Anything bought through
my link helps. Even one cent books count toward the total
items, though the free Kindle books do not.
I truly appreciate those
who use my
You help keep me afloat!
All that said,
for the screening of Seaweed's forward hatch I opted for eBay. The
prices from some of the Asian sellers were too good to pass up. I
paid less than $3 delivered (specifically $2.23, circa April 2015)
and am pleased with the product.
Ordering Tricks for
eBay (how to save $$$)
direct website link:
There are a
few things you need to know when ordering on eBay:
from overseas can
take a four to six weeks to arrive. The screen kit got here in
two weeks from China.
might not always be spectacular however the Value is usually fine.
At the top
of the eBay
page is a Search box.
Search box, type in a description of what you want using three or
At first eBay provides you a "Best Match" list of items. From there
find the specific item you want.
in the Search box at the top of the page a few words from the title
of the item. I've found many foreign sellers duplicate the titles
and pictures for the exact same items.
list loads, just to the the right and below the Search box click "Sort by Price plus
Shipping/ Lowest First".
you find something click on "Add to Cart" if possible.
Sometimes you must "Buy It Now".
You have not committed to anything yet. This simply puts stuff in your
shopping cart. That is true even when you click "Buy it Now".
back to the same seller and see what they have to offer, again
sorted by price. You might find something else you did not know you
needed, or a gift to set aside for later.
springtime has arrived the ability to open the hatch above my bunk and not be
eaten alive by critters is important. I knew whatever solution I
found needed to be
inexpensive and function well. And for $2.23 delivered, how bad could it
frankly, for the price I was more than satisfied. I received a 1.5M by
1.3M (50" by 43") piece of flimsy netting. It's a softer the netting.
Mosquitoes will not be able to fly in my cabin.
Sun damage is something we on boats in the south deal with on
a regular basis. It is to be expected.
What interested me
was how the screen is attached to the hatch frame. The kit
included a Velcro knock-off
with a glued backing. Specifically this is the rough aka the
hook* side of the Velcro. The screen sticks to it
and then I simply cut off the excess fabric.
*Velcro is actually the brand name of hook and loop. The loop
part is soft, and the hook side was included in my screen kit.
With the extra Velcro and fabric in the package I shall also be able to do the
opening window in my pilothouse. There is plenty leftover for
1/4" Velcro leftovers on left in photo.
There's enough for another window too.
Velcro is 1/4" wide and perfect -- narrow enough
to not be obtrusive and wide enough to do the job.
The hatch now can be opened,
letting in fresh breezes and keeping out mosquitoes. I love it. And
when this fabric is gone (I have lots of leftover for now) I might
replace it with a better quality screening. For the time being, I am
more than satisfied.
good afloat, and it's bug free too.
Are your screens in frames like they were on our 40'er?
If you use a wind-scoop, what do you attach it to?
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