A boy never forgets his first time.
- I had been putting it off as long as I could.
I was worried about how I would perform.
But I couldn't put it off any longer.
I needed a cover for the cabin slot.
So I drug out the 50-buck flea-market "DeLuxe Dressmaker"
that had been sitting beneath the work bench for about
a year and tried to sew-up a slot cover out of polytarp.
Aint never sewed nothing in my life.
I broke the thread (several times), broke the needle,
which went flying (protective eyewear recommended), used
up a bunch of polytarp, double-sided carpet tape, and
cheap thread. Had problems with thread tension, and had
to keep removing the needle from the machine in order to
thread it (how does one thread a needle with its hole
blocked with carpet tape adhesive? by jamming a toothbrush
at it to clear the hole.)
Was "hard-at-it" for 4 hours.
I still do not have a slot-cover, but I have enough tarp
and tape and thread for one more try and I think I'll whup-it
- --- In Michalak@yahoogroups.com, norman.wolfe@... wrote:
> When trailering I use a two piece plywood cover for the slot. At
> used no cover while trailering and lost some items from below decksdue
> to the wind. The plywood cover is in two almost identical sectionsto
> make for easier handling, and they have a camber to shed rain. Theyare
> tied down to three solid brass cup hooks per side, which also holddown
> the canvas slot cover.is
> There is no hole for the mast, so I lower the mast at night, which
> very easy since the mast is steeped in the bottom of the boat, sothe
> balance point is low. If it is raining while I am sailing, I pullthe
> cover around the mast as best I can, but it is a very poor fit.nights
> Solution: don't sail in the rain.
> In addition, I have made a mosquito-net slot cover for the warm
> on the Chesapeake, using the same shock chord over cup hook forSounds like you do a lot of camp-cruising. Cool.
> attaching it.
Thanks for answering my questions.