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Enclosure zipper question

Printed From: Sailrite Enterprises, Inc.
Category: Canvas Work
Forum Name: Boat Tops
Forum Discription: Questions about Biminis and Dodgers
Printed Date: 18 February 2020 at 4:37am

Topic: Enclosure zipper question
Posted By: Jkislingbury
Subject: Enclosure zipper question
Date Posted: 10 October 2017 at 4:08am
I just finished my first Bimini after watching your video and it turned out better then I could've imagine. I ordered all the enclosure material for the flybridge and will be starting on that this weekend.

The question I have is related to the front and rear enclosure panels. The Bimini is 10ft wide and the previous enclosure was secured with DOT fasteners with 3 separate window panels. I would like to keep the same configuration but use zippers instead of fasteners.   Since I want to be able to remove the panels individually, I purchased three zippers, 36" and (2) 48" per front and aft. I plan on using the 36" for the center panel and the 48" trimmed down to 42" (120"). Can you think of any uses I might run into using separate zippers compared to using one continuous zipper?

Posted By: MattGrant
Date Posted: 10 October 2017 at 8:58am
This approach works fine but you will have gaps at the corners where the zippers come together. You may need to devise a velcro closure in such areas to keep the weather out. Being able to remove panels completely is very nice. You might consider using Evolution fabric as a liner when you roll and store panels to protect them.

Best Regards,
Matt Grant

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