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Boat Enclosure – 1 down, 2 to go

I am going waaay out of my comfort zone.

Sami and I are sewing/constructing a boat enclosure for a friend’s boat. Luckily we are only doing a replacement so we are able to use the old panels as a pattern, sort of. Of course the ‘might as well’ comes into play–you know, as long as we are making this we might as well….

The boat has three separate panels around the console, navigational instruments, radios, and steering wheel area.

Picture 1 (left) is the completed side panel. It has mega zippers and Velcro to make the cabin (not sure if cabin is what it is called-I am not a boat person) dry and secure. Picture 2 on the right is the old center panel. I am working on the new one for the center now. The picture is a little deceiving. The panels are much bigger than they look. At least they feel like it when I am struggling to line them up to sew.

Here is my ‘monster sewing machine’. I think this thing will sew through plywood if the needle was strong enough. It will sew through multiple layers of marine vinyl, binding, and the marine ‘glass’ without even moaning.  When I am not sewing boat stuff I use it for sewing motorcycle patches to leather jackets and making purses.

This project has been very challenging but I am getting a lot of experience and I am enjoying the satisfaction of seeing the completed panels.

I really miss my quilting.