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    Posted: 15 January 2013 at 4:46pm
I plan to add barriers to the lower half of the rails on our trawler boat deck.  My only purpose is to prevent our 30 lb. dog from accidentally slipping overboard.  There is no lower rail to attach the barrier to, so it will need to be stretched tight between upright support rails, where possible.  The outer corners of the rail are curved with no upright support in the center.  I want the barriers to be easily removed for cleaning and while we're not using the boat.

I have looked at various types of mesh, from the open safety netting common on sailboats to the almost opaque mesh used for window covers.  I recently ordered samples of your trampoline mesh and really like the Heavy Duty 24 oz mesh (#100299).  It seems like it would hold it's shape around outer corners, where I have no place to attach to a rail, while allowing some visibility.  I could add snaps, but would prefer to stop the mesh an inch or two above the boat deck, which would not facilitate adding snaps.

I will be using my LSZ-1 and will use your 2" binding along edges.  The barrier will be attached using velcro straps at intervals along upright and horizontal rails.

I appreciate any comments or suggestions you can offer to my approach.  Also, if I use the 24 oz. mesh, what is the best method for sewing seams?  Would you recommend the Sunbrella or Stamoid 2" binding?

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Great project! The tramp mesh you are considering would work great as it does have some stiffness. Just as a side note this stuff is frequently used as a non-permanent fencing material on farms. Seams should be of a simple overlap contruction about 1.5" wide. For the edging I would use the Stamoid since the mesh itself is vinyl covered (but this is really just individual preference).
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Thanks for the info!  Could you comment on which binding (Sunbrella or Stamoid) would be slower to mildew?  Our windy humid conditions are always a challenge.  Also, would you recommend a #20 needle and V92 thread for the 24 oz mesh?  Straight stitch or zig zag for the seams?
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Both facings are excellent when it comes to keeping mildew from growing. #20 with V-92 thread is good. I would straight stitch this product.
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