2015 Award of Excellence Powerboat
Project: Powerboat – Soft Enclosures
What were the results of the project?
The owner was amazed at the transformation of the usable space and commented that it was a 12 out of 10 and exceeded any thoughts of the end results. The old covers including window covers were all toast canvas, and I talked him into white so they blended in with the gelcoat.
To create a usable aft cabin with good shade and with easy access. The boat is a classic looking luxury power cruiser with an outdoor seating and entertaining area and a large back deck. The first part of the project was to create a canopy to cover the entire rear deck. The canopy is supported by a 1 1/4″ stainless frame that we designed, and fabricated in our workshop. The canopy is cover in stamoid open and fixed drum tight with track and lockline. The second part of the project was to replace the old covers around the entertaining areas with bonded acrylic screens.
What was the purpose of this project? What did the client request?
The owner wanted a roof to cover the back deck too add a lot more shade to the aft cabin area and bonded acrylic enclosure instead of the old canvas covers, which enclosed the cabin with no clear. The aft canopy was to have a clean look with out lacing. the acrylic enclosure was to be all easily removable and stow on the bunks below deck. All the clear panels zipped on three sides for quick removal.
What is unique or complex about the project?
One of the challenges was to make the welded 1 1/4 inch stainless steel frame to flow properly off the existing roof so the cover became part of the roof profile properly. We had to crown the frames progressively less towards the aft end to flow water.
Design: David Elliott
Fabrication: David Elliott, Aaron Stumer and Kieran Jones