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UV & Rain Protection for the Engine Panel

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We just added a rain and UV cover for the instrument panel.
** Refer to Prior blog entry : 8-3-18.
This canvas was made by the guy that did our recent dodger and used the same color and trim scheme. He does very good work.

I gave him a paper pattern to copy. Note that this style of cover can be used on many 80's Ericson's with the molded-in recess for the engine panel, under the aft edge of a cockpit seat hatch.
Our old panel was severely damaged by both UV and moisture. While this would offer very little protection in case of a boarding sea, that possibility is 99.99% unlikely during our planned future use of this boat. (!)
(Matter of fact I have been on only one delivery where we had the cockpit filled up - once - at about 3 am during gale force conditions.... in 30 years of deliveries.)

When using the engine, you just lift up the seat and flip the cover over so that it falls inside. Even with the added thickness of the fabric when doubled, the seat does - barely - clear it.

Now not only will the panel and gauges last longer, but the clear acrylic panel over it will last longer as well.
Cost for the cover was about $40. Seemed like a bargain to me, since I do not know how to sew.

Note also that the lower edge does have a slender weight sewn into the hem.
Edit: I asked the canvas guy, Josh, about the weight and it turns out to be "crab line" -- rope with lead woven in, used commonly for the the lines on crab pots.

Edit: add a picture taken several winters ago, after a multi-day snow & wind event at the Club, which is located near the mouth of the Columbia River Gorge. Winters can be pretty harsh some times. This storm filled up the whole rear part of the boat -- i.e. everything in the lee of the cabin.
Some places around the Club saw drifts over 2 feet. The East wind blew hard for several days with temps in the low 20's. So yup, it's good to protect the instruments from snow.
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Updated 09-21-2019 at 06:25 PM by Loren Beach

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  1. Tin Kicker's Avatar
    While that looks great, I've wondered if anybody has moved the engine panel up on the pedestal? Down low in our area, the panel gets covered with leaves and snow in the winter.
  2. Geoff W.'s Avatar
    Do you have a link / info on the sort of weight sewn into the bottom? I'd like to do something similar for some canvas covers this year.
  3. Loren Beach's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff W.
    Do you have a link / info on the sort of weight sewn into the bottom? I'd like to do something similar for some canvas covers this year.
    Since the guy that built it has been doing this professionally for years, I would guess that it is a piece of ss or alum. rod. Steel would rust and bleed thru the cloth after a while. Actually, some dense plastic would do, also.
    You can email "Josh" thru their site and ask him. http://haydenislandcanvas.com