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Sasscom



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:10 am    Post subject: Suggestions for interior window treatment? Reply with quote

I'd like to upgrade the interior window treatment on my TomCat and wonder what others have done to provide shade in the day and privacy at night. At the moment, I have fitted panels of white mesh vinyl that snap on to each window that are stored rolled up when not in use, but I'd like something more easily deployed and perhaps more attractive. Anyone try custom fitted blinds or shades?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

George-

I never did deal with blinds, shades, or full snap-on covers, but my CD-22 had limo dark tinted side, rear, and door windows with lighter tints on the front windows. Loved them all the time, day and night. Privacy with a view.

You might consider tinting in combination with some other window treatment, as working together in combination or alone, they could give you several different levels of light to dark/obscured effects.

With just the tinting, you couldn't see into the cabin except at night with a light on inside the cabin.

Have fun!

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sea Wolf wrote:
... With just the tinting, you couldn't see into the cabin except at night with a light on inside the cabin. ...


At night is when we tend to use the cabin lights the most.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the day/night pleated shades over blinds. A track above with the thin cords. The "day" are translucent-let light in, but help to keep heat out. Not to be used when running. The "night" are above the "day", and pull down after the "day" and are totally occlusive full privacy at night, and good heat shield during the day.

Blinds tend to rattle, and take up more room than the "day/night".

My problem with the tints is that they tend to decrease night vision--which I want all around the 360* field. For me it is hard enough to see at night. I wear polaroid glasses during the day to protect my eyes.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not fancy, but very effective are the Mylar foil window shades that are oval shaped with a spring wire that "folds" down in size to about 12" in diameter. They come in silver foil or in material with light on one side and dark on the other. I use a couple of the 3M stick on clips about the size of a dime, one above and one below the windows. Inexpensive, quick, and small. I have 10 on board, and the store in a space about 4 inches high and a foot across. On the 22 , it is on the shelf below the port side front window.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My wife made snap on curtains. There are slightly thick. The inside face compliments the interior color. The outside face is a metallic silver fabric that is somewhat reflective and darkens the fabric. The curtains are completely opaque. They snap in to the top of the interior window frame (some screws replaced by machine screw backed snaps).

We put them up at night or sometimes to block the sun on the sunny side of the boat when it is hot out.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have any Brats ever had an outside wrap around window cover made? Those are the best for blocking out the heat. Once the sun penetrates the glass then it's harder for heat dissipation.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My 22 came with the outside window cover---snaps in 4 corners. We rarely use it except when traveling, and if in close quarters such as a marina...Problem is you cannot open the center window.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks to all your suggestions. I already have snap-on shades that do the trick but wanted something that is permanently attached to the window frames and is more adjustable. Bob's suggestion of day/night pleated shades sounds like an idea I will pursue. By the way, to solve the problem of opening the center window with snap-ons, I attach that particular shade to the outside of the center window with velcro.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 10:49 am    Post subject: TINTED WINDOWS Reply with quote

Window tinting sounds like good idea. Can you give me a source of the tinting you used? There are so many available, but some are useless.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I installed wood strips, painted "C-Dory interior white" and glued on with 5200 above the windows/door. I then screwed tracks onto the wood w/ SS screws; small, white and plastic tracks. These hold slides that the snap type "tape" snaps to. I had someone then sew curtains (with tape) out of Sunbrella. My wife wanted them to look like curtains, so they have pleats. When not in use, we bunch them up with matching ties. The only solid removable ones are for the windshields and they are just panels with snaps in the corners and finished with edge binding.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 5:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love the curtains and like the way you glued the wood strips to anchor the tracks. I just got a 22 and my wife and I have been thinking about what to do about window coverings. Nice job!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gstraub wrote:
Love the curtains and like the way you glued the wood strips to anchor the tracks. I just got a 22 and my wife and I have been thinking about what to do about window coverings. Nice job!


Thanks. It was the best solution and permanent. The curtains are easily removed, via the snaps, if they require washing etc. And since they are Sunbrella, the UV does not fade them or rot them.
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