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    DIY Sunbrella Awning for my 288 - Advice?-gctid350765

    I'm going to attempt putting together an awning to cover the rear deck of my 288.Primarily want the awning to keep the rain/sun off while fishing. I'm also considering using it as a permanent mount for an 85w solar panel I've got for charging my battery system so I don't have to pay $40/mo to plug my boat in.Here's a photo of the rear deck and radar arch on the boat:I am thinking about making the awning in 2 parts. One half would snap on between the backside of the command bridge up the sides of the radar arch and across the top of it. I am thinking that I will include an Eisenglass window in the middle of the awning so I can see from the bridge down to the deck below. There will also be a cutout for the entryway up to the bridge. Not pictured in the photo above is the Lowrance radar dome that is installed at the top of the arch.The second half of the awning is the harder part. I'll need to fabricate a stainless steel frame that I would then bolt to the underside of the radar arch. The frame will extend out over the deck. I believe bolting the frame to the underside of the arch should provide sufficient strength to support the awning particularly if I can get 2 bolts on each leg of the frame. I will likely use stainless rail fitting like these pictured below to attach the frame:

    [img]/media/kunena/attachments/vb/653607=24618-2006912113220628185_The_stainless_steel_rail_fitti ngs.jpg[/img]I'm not planning on sewing any of the Sunbrella myself -- I don't have a sewing machine and I've not done it before. I've found a local shop that does this type of work. I will bring her the measured pattern made out of Tyvek or similar material that she can then use as a template to fabricate the awning.Anyhow, looking for some feedback. I fully recognize that I could simply pay a local canvas shop to come out to the boat and make this for me, however, to date, I've not been able to find anyone interested in doing the job and none of the online shops seem to have a pattern that will fit a 288 or 2858. Would also be interested in seeing what other 288/2858 owners have done. If this project is successful, I then plan to tackle building a command bridge enclosure -- I've had a couple of rough estimates for doing this job in the $3-6K range so I'd really like to do this one myself!Ideally, I'm looking to eventually achieve something like these photos:

    [img]/media/kunena/attachments/vb/653607=24619-thb1216201437_1.jpg[/img]

    [img]/media/kunena/attachments/vb/653607=24620-1644756.jpg[/img]
    Terry
    1999 Bayliner 3388
    Twin Cummins 4BTA
    Fisherman, Cruiser, Boaticus-enthusiasticus-maximus
    Member Royal Victoria Yacht Club

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    Finally got around to getting my awning project going.Got all the stainless bracing and fittings ordered and this weekend I made the awning brace. I decided to use 90 degree elbows rather than attempt to bend stainless steel as I figured that was beyond my skillset. Cut the stainless with a pipe cutter. After the 3rd cut, I found the job to be quicker to start the cut with the pipe cutter and finish with a hack-saw -- the saw then follows the cut-line and goes much faster.

    [img]/media/kunena/attachments/vb/679828=27060-photo.JPG[/img]

    [img]/media/kunena/attachments/vb/679828=27061-photo.JPG[/img]I need to shorten up the two centre struts by about an inch or so. I used all stainless hardware. At the 4 mounting points I used thru bolts with nylock nuts with a Starboard backing plate to distribute the load (shouldn't be much).At each of the mounting points, I may end up removing the friction screw and drill out the stainless and use a rivet instead. I will see how loose the friction screws become over time.
    Terry
    1999 Bayliner 3388
    Twin Cummins 4BTA
    Fisherman, Cruiser, Boaticus-enthusiasticus-maximus
    Member Royal Victoria Yacht Club

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      Just be careful with regard to the sunbrella. There are two outdoor types, the awning material and the marine material. I make most of my covers and do all the repairs. I got what was suppose to be marine sunbrella from a cheap supply and it turned out to be awning material which faded in about three seasons. Make sure you get the marine stuff as both look the same and come in the same colours!

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        #4
        A little more progress.Solar panel installed.Drilled and mounted all the male ends for the sunbrella snaps (no photo).

        [img]/media/kunena/attachments/vb/680192=27101-photo.JPG[/img]
        Terry
        1999 Bayliner 3388
        Twin Cummins 4BTA
        Fisherman, Cruiser, Boaticus-enthusiasticus-maximus
        Member Royal Victoria Yacht Club

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