custom canopy diy

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Flo535
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custom canopy diy

Post by Flo535 » Fri Oct 02, 2015 10:32 pm

I have a Shetland 535, which I am thinking of getting a canopy for it. I've priced all the boat canopy suppliers here in Northern Ireland and the cheapest one for the bars and canopy are £1000. A bit on the dear side for me, so was thinking about making my own bars and canopy. Has anyone on here every tried to do this themselves?

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Galileo
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Re: custom canopy diy

Post by Galileo » Sat Oct 03, 2015 11:53 am

No, but I have thought about it! After all, all you need is a supplier of the fittings to make up the bar, and then a supplier of waterproof material, and here we are:

http://www.makefast.com/acatalog/SPRAYH ... TINGS.html

http://www.attwoollsmanufacturing.co.uk ... as-fabric/

Flo535
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Re: custom canopy diy

Post by Flo535 » Sat Oct 03, 2015 11:15 pm

Thanks for the links Galileo. I'm hoping to have a canopy ready for next years boating

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Re: custom canopy diy

Post by peteshetland » Tue Nov 03, 2015 11:26 am

Hi
I made my own cratch cover when I had my narrowboat. I didn't use aluminium poles for that but all the other materials I bought from Acorn Canvas.

http://www.acorncanvas.com

Nothing to do with the company other than being a satisfied customer.

Flo535
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Re: custom canopy diy

Post by Flo535 » Tue Nov 03, 2015 1:24 pm

Thanks for the link, I will check them out :)

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Re: custom canopy diy

Post by malhiggins » Tue Nov 03, 2015 6:57 pm

Hi Flo535.

I tried making a diy canopy about several months ago for my Family 4 using the template above I got from another Shetland member. As you see the result is a bit rough and ready and still has to be modified but it does the job. All the material for the frame can be obtained from B and Q. I was lucky and got the canopy cheap on Ebay and the seller was kind enough to post it to Galway. Where are you in Northern Ireland as I'm in Galway.

Malachy
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Re: custom canopy diy

Post by Flo535 » Tue Nov 03, 2015 9:09 pm

Hi Malachy, good job on the canopy. What did you use for the bars?
I'm from Maguiresbridge, not too far from upper lough Erne, where I go boating when it's dry, but you don't get too many dry days in Fermanagh, so a canopy is greatly needed.

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Re: custom canopy diy

Post by malhiggins » Wed Nov 04, 2015 9:44 am

Morning Flo535.

I got some three quarter inch tubing from B and Q, they are usually used in wardrobes, and the fittings from J Clarke Marine from Comber , Co Down. He has a slot on ebay and postage is free in the North. I certainly know what you mean about the weather as I live on the edge of Connemara and it rains here all the time.

Malachy

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