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Sep 19, 2022

You don’t have spend thousands if you need an enclosure for a few, chilly boating seasons. Here’s how we made an inexpensive DIY cockpit enclosure for our cruising boat. And you can do it too! 

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30 Mil Clear Vinyl Tarps

Industrial Strength Zippers 

Snap Installation Tool 


Screws for Flex-a-Rail (they’re special)

Vinyl awning rope

Polyester webbing

Shock cord cover clips

Knobs for shock cord cover clips (need 1″ long #8 pan head screws for these – buy separately)

Hole cutter for the shock cord cover clips

Basting tape

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Music: “Slow Down” by Yvette Craig