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  1. Frank H

    Frank H

    Joined May 22, 2017
    24 posts, 2 likes
    Catalina 310
    US Lake Carlyle
    Hello Mates
    Bugs this year were terrible. Anyone know of a reasonable priced Sunbrella companionway cover with screen for a 310? One that will roll up it's screen cover for air and light and preferably fasten to boat with Velcro.
    Thanks
    Frank
    #17
    Lake Carlyle, Ill.
     


  2. BC Bernie

    BC Bernie

    Joined Aug 29, 2016
    24 posts, 2 likes
    Catalina 2004 310 (Hull #250)
    CA BC


  3. Ron20324

    Ron20324

    Joined Jan 22, 2008
    6,059 posts, 521 likes
    Beneteau 323
    US Annapolis MD
    Look at Sailrite.com for Pifertex (sp?). It is a vinyl mesh in colors and a couple of grades. Can be sewn to Sunbrella or whatever.
     


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  4. JRacer

    JRacer

    Joined Aug 9, 2011
    679 posts, 159 likes
    Beneteau 310
    US Cheney KS (Wichita)
    We have the Zarcor doors for our boat and love them. They have several inserts that slip into the door frame - smoke/opaque/screen and work well.
     


  5. Lisa

    Lisa

    Joined Oct 12, 2017
    71 posts, 19 likes
    Catalina 310
    323 US Middle River, Md
    Our boat came with these as well. Pretty cool opening a door to get in and out. The screen inserts look kinda small, but we wont know if they are too small until next summer.
     


  6. JK_Boston_Catalina310

    JK_Boston_Catalina310

    Joined Nov 18, 2010
    1,934 posts, 70 likes
    Catalina 310
    US Hingham, MA
    We have doors similar to the Zarcor, made them out of 1/4" aluminium for security since the Zarcor ones could be kicked in easily. We also have a screen that looks like the cover Bernie put out. Those are both on 90% of the time this time of year. We also got ride of the factory screens for the hatches and just made new ones from screen and Velcro. The go up and down much quicker. And they store a lot easier.
     


  7. Sailm8

    Sailm8

    Joined Feb 21, 2008
    1,470 posts, 154 likes
    Hunter 29.5
    US Punta Gorda


  8. Alansails

    Alansails

    Joined Oct 3, 2011
    548 posts, 60 likes
    Anam Cara Catalina 310 Hull #155
    US Lake Erie/Catawba Island
    We have and have used our Zarcor doors, we also have a sunbrella mesh with a zipper sewn onto it and our bimini for sun protection but its mesh and lets the breeze through. On lake Erie our big bug is Mayflies, an annoyance more than anything!
    Jesse, we have the lewmar portal screens but have never used them, what photo can you share of what you have ? Thanks
     


  9. Frank H

    Frank H

    Joined May 22, 2017
    24 posts, 2 likes
    Catalina 310
    US Lake Carlyle
    I like the Zarcor doors but don't want to spend that kind of money. I was thinking of a Sunbrella cover with a screen. I've seen them on boats. Guess I will check Pinterest. I know of a U-tube video that shows how to make one. Maybe next year. Thanks
     


  10. kloudie1

    kloudie1

    Joined Nov 6, 2006
    7,758 posts, 488 likes
    Hunter 34
    US Mandeville Louisiana


  11. 2 OLD PIRATES

    2 OLD PIRATES

    Joined May 2, 2012
    173 posts, 2 likes
    Catalina 310
    Ca Toronto
    Jesse, could you share your design. I'm looking at doing mine over the winter. ( Lewmar screens totally S..K! )
    I was thinking of magnets but your idea seems interesting.
    Cheers
    2 Old Pirates:clap:
     


  12. CTS

    CTS

    Joined Dec 5, 2017
    30 posts, 11 likes
    Catalina 27
    us pa
    The screens in the Zarcor doors seem kinda small for those hot summer nights on anchor. Our Cat 27 had a two piece wood frame with a screen, while it was very poorly made by the previous owner, it provided great ventilation. I made mine from Ash and the screens are set in a saw kerf with screen spline, tight as a drum. Test fit this weekend.
     

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  13. Will Gilmore

    Will Gilmore

    Joined Oct 19, 2017
    2,382 posts, 962 likes
    O'Day 19
    US Littleton, NH
    That is very nicely done.:thumbup:
    Is that your inlay work on the table underneath too? Walnut in cherry?
    I'm working on another set of hatch boards
    pic_20171208_071300.jpg
    But, I feel inspired to do a set of screens now. I hope you don't mind if I use those as my guides.
    - Will (Dragonfly)
     


  14. CTS

    CTS

    Joined Dec 5, 2017
    30 posts, 11 likes
    Catalina 27
    us pa
    Yes I built the table many years ago, seen a lot of use. Walnut and cherry. There is a hunters star of walnut burl inlaid just to left, out of frame.

    You are an artist, very nice, I am just a creator of things. I am thinking I may make new companionway boards and router our boats name on one of the boards, just to add a bit of uniqueness. Probably us some locust wood, since that is completely impervious to rot, mother natures treated lumber.

    I sized the screens with my existing boards, that is why they are not symmetrical. That way if I only wanted to use the top or bottom screen I could do so by replacing one screen with the boards. Another cool tidbit, is the ash came from trees I cut down and sawed on my sawmill.
     


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  15. Will Gilmore

    Will Gilmore

    Joined Oct 19, 2017
    2,382 posts, 962 likes
    O'Day 19
    US Littleton, NH


  16. CTS

    CTS

    Joined Dec 5, 2017
    30 posts, 11 likes
    Catalina 27
    us pa


  17. seadaddler

    seadaddler

    Joined Dec 19, 2006
    5,328 posts, 109 likes
    Hunter 36
    US Punta Gorda
    I went on sailrite .com and saw Demo of a sunbrella companion cover with built in screen and got my wife to make one with her portable sewing machine and only time she ever made canvas for boat and canvas shop wanted $350.00,got everything from sailrite.
    Nick
     


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  18. CTS

    CTS

    Joined Dec 5, 2017
    30 posts, 11 likes
    Catalina 27
    us pa
    Perfect fit. Now to work on a personalized companionway board...
     

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  19. WellerH

    WellerH

    Joined Jul 25, 2007
    34 posts, 0 likes
    Catalina 310
    US Middle River, MD


  20. Bob James

    Bob James

    Joined May 3, 2008
    175 posts, 3 likes
    Catalina 310
    US Catawba Island
    Frank, if you would like to go with something very simple and really cheap cheap consider a wood top and bottom frame to match the companionway and screening from top to bottom glued in place. it works for bugs, lets in light, rolls up and did I mention cheap. companionway screen.jpg companionway screen.jpg companionway screen.jpg
     



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