|This is how the cover looked after my wife and I installed it in a hurry a couple weeks ago. It is oversize and tied down irregularly.|
|This is a view from the port side of the bow looking aft.|
|This is looking at the un-trimmed cover from the port side looking forward.|
Two weeks ago my wife and I installed the cover the best we could with the strong winds that day. I went back today to trim the cover to size, strap it down properly and vacuum the rest of the water out of the interior that has accumulated since the blue tarp failed. I spent most of the day working alone on this project and everything went very well. I started with the installation of the zippered door. Following the instructions from Kover Klamp I positioned the door where I wanted it and cleaned the surfaces with denatured alcohol. I cut the sealing tape to length and worked my way around all four sides of the door. After taping the door onto the cover I unzipped it and cut the cover to make the access hole. Everything worked perfectly and I was able to climb right into the cockpit and inspect the boat. I was very pleased that there did not seem to be a drop of new water inside the cover even after the heavy wind and rain from the past week. The cover also lets in a good amount of light since I ordered the white version (it's also available in clear and black).
|The zippered door installed and cover trimmed with clips evenly spaced along the length of the cover.|
|The completed cover from the port side of the bow looking aft.|
|The completed cover from the starboard side of the stern looking forward.|
Next I trimmed some of the excess from the bottom sides of the cover and added some darts using the sealing tape to finish them and allow the cover to follow the curve of the boat from stern towards the bow. I also started to place the Kover Klips at regular intervals on both sides of the boat and used the strapping to tie the cover on. I used a trucker's hitch to tie the strapping to the clips from one side to the other. This allowed me to pull the cover tight so it won't move in heavy winds that frequent the boat yard in the winter.
|Another view of the inside of the cover from the bow looking aft.|
|The door is small but works perfectly to gain access without having to remove the tie down strapping on the cover.|
After vacuuming all of the water out of the settee storage compartments, anchor chain locker, and the little remaining in the bilge I was ready to call it a day.
All-in-all it was a great day of working on the boat. I am hoping that this cover will hold in some heat this winter so I can continue to work on Bigtooth to be sure she is read for sailing next year.