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Re: What's everyone doing about curtains?

Post by Newell » Sun Mar 03, 2019 9:32 pm

Tom,

I put up WM (Walmart) mini-blinds on the side windows. Messed around with velcro attachment for awhile, then attached with tiny screws the top header and bottom brackets. I cut out the head wall to allow one blind to do both head and dinette rear window. They aren't warm and fuzzy but very functional. Never have considered the front windows for covering. :macx: :)

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Re: What's everyone doing about curtains?

Post by Tomfoolery » Tue Mar 05, 2019 9:51 am

Thanks for all the ideas, guys. I'm leaning toward the shock cord and curtain style, but am not clear on how the shock cords are terminated. I'm not real thrilled with drilling holes in the cabin lining. Perhaps an adhesive termination of some sort would be best.

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Re: What's everyone doing about curtains?

Post by Tony E » Tue Mar 05, 2019 10:11 am

I don't have any curtains at all :( Am I supposed to? Is it Mac mandatory? Because the windows are tinted I have never felt a need to also if it get super hot outside I put wet towels on the outside of the windows to cool things down. It's like an instant air conditioner kicking in but don't forget I am way up in God's country and out i the middle of the bush sometimes where there are no people but just lots of fuzzy and furry animals :?

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Re: What's everyone doing about curtains?

Post by ris » Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:22 am

Just uploaded some pics of our windows under mods. ris mods check out interior mod. Hope this helps it is so simple and when you take all the side window curtains down they roll up into a small roll that is easy to store in the shoe holder we have on the head door.

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Re: What's everyone doing about curtains?

Post by Y.B.Normal » Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:26 pm

Tomfoolery wrote:Thanks for all the ideas, guys. I'm leaning toward the shock cord and curtain style, but am not clear on how the shock cords are terminated. I'm not real thrilled with drilling holes in the cabin lining. Perhaps an adhesive termination of some sort would be best.
We use shock cords terminated with suction cup hangers. My wife (the Admiral) likes them, I don't because after time they come off the walls. I may try a little sealant on the suction cups to secure them.

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Re: What's everyone doing about curtains?

Post by Herschel » Thu Mar 07, 2019 11:38 pm

Tony E wrote:I don't have any curtains at all :( Am I supposed to? Is it Mac mandatory? Because the windows are tinted I have never felt a need to also if it get super hot outside I put wet towels on the outside of the windows to cool things down. It's like an instant air conditioner kicking in but don't forget I am way up in God's country and out i the middle of the bush sometimes where there are no people but just lots of fuzzy and furry animals :?
Likewise. We have thought about curtains on and off, but mostly just turn down the lighting when changing at night...or other things. :) But, we do most of our cruising on the St. Johns River in Florida where we are not often crowded in with fellow boaters. We always stay at marinas which typically have restrooms, showers, and places to change.

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Re: What's everyone doing about curtains?

Post by RussMT » Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:34 pm

Starscream wrote:This is about the closest thing I can find to what I have:

https://www.jtsoutdoorfabrics.com/Stayp ... 15393.html

with the springy cord running through the curtain and hooking onto the knob.

I'm going to redo the "curtain rods" in our boat with your shock cord idea. Do you know what you attached them with? These things are kind of spendy when you need a lot of them.

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Re: What's everyone doing about curtains?

Post by Starscream » Wed Mar 20, 2019 3:03 pm

RussMT wrote:

I'm going to redo the "curtain rods" in our boat with your shock cord idea. Do you know what you attached them with? These things are kind of spendy when you need a lot of them.

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Not sure...the things were already in the boat when I got them. I think I can get in the back now that we had a couple of days above freezing...I'll go have a look if I can get a good photo.

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Re: What's everyone doing about curtains?

Post by Starscream » Wed Mar 20, 2019 3:58 pm

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Yup. Accessible.

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Re: What's everyone doing about curtains?

Post by Starscream » Wed Mar 20, 2019 4:01 pm

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No idea where those little nobbies came from, or what they are really used for. Nor how the hook got on the shock cord.

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Re: What's everyone doing about curtains?

Post by Starscream » Wed Mar 20, 2019 4:09 pm

And since I was going on the boat to get curtain photos, I brought a drill and installed the swing-leg under the table. Works perfectly: had to cut a few inches off the leg with a hacksaw, but the rubber foot was simple to pop out and reinstall.

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The four screws in the leg mounting plate are perfectly spaced to catch the reinforced thick part of the table where the original leg screwed in with two screws.

Not sure why, but the leg was $30 when I bought it a couple of months ago, but no longer: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B0016N ... UTF8&psc=1

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Re: What's everyone doing about curtains?

Post by RussMT » Wed Mar 20, 2019 5:28 pm

THANKS for the photos!!

I'm still not sure what it is. Looks like a pulley wheel or something around a bolt. Which is also interesting. I was wondering how to attach to the fiberglass. Those seem to be bolted through from behind. That would certainly provide a solid mount. Mine now use a hunk of wire and screw eyes. The eyes don't stay in and the wire isn't tight so the curtains sag.

Your shock cords also seem to be terminated with loop hooks screwed into something like a spring. A clever attachment method.
One idea I had was to make shock cord loops with hog rings. Then pull the loops over something. It's the something that has me stuck. Those loops would work, but they are spendy for so many. Another idea I had was to attach small wood spools to the wall and wrap the loop ends of the shock cord around them.

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Re: What's everyone doing about curtains?

Post by RussMT » Wed Mar 20, 2019 5:28 pm

Starscream wrote:And since I was going on the boat to get curtain photos, I brought a drill and installed the swing-leg under the table. Works perfectly: had to cut a few inches off the leg with a hacksaw, but the rubber foot was simple to pop out and reinstall.

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The four screws in the leg mounting plate are perfectly spaced to catch the reinforced thick part of the table where the original leg screwed in with two screws.

Not sure why, but the leg was $30 when I bought it a couple of months ago, but no longer: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B0016N ... UTF8&psc=1
This is brilliant! I'm stealing this idea also.

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Re: What's everyone doing about curtains?

Post by NiceAft » Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:04 pm

Starscream wrote:And since I was going on the boat to get curtain photos, I brought a drill and installed the swing-leg under the table. Works perfectly: had to cut a few inches off the leg with a hacksaw, but the rubber foot was simple to pop out and reinstall.

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The four screws in the leg mounting plate are perfectly spaced to catch the reinforced thick part of the table where the original leg screwed in with two screws.

Not sure why, but the leg was $30 when I bought it a couple of months ago, but no longer: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B0016N ... UTF8&psc=1
Is there a bracket to hold the folded leg when the table is lowered to a bunk?

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Re: What's everyone doing about curtains?

Post by Starscream » Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:29 pm

It just folds up and clicks into place without need for a bracket. The hinge has a little spring loaded pushbutton that clicks into place either fully up or fully down. The leg is still available on Amazon.com for $30 USD but is now $126 on Amazon.ca.

Those shock cord holders from JTOutdoor are like 0.50 us each, no?

The photos don't show it but each window curtain is actually two curtains meeting in the middle. So they can be spread open a bit, on the shock cord.

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