As you may recall bout 4 years ago, I had the Katz’s Spa treatment on WECATCHEM. A full varnish job down to the wood. 15 coats of pure golden lust all painstakingly applied to her beautiful body. I thought, Wont have to do this again, just a refresh, and refresh etc. I have a boathouse and she is very happy in the shade.
OH was I wrong. There is a good reason a boathouse should have sides. Solar Reflections! Glittering! It burns through the varnish like laser beams. It bakes, cracks and eats away the varnish on the sides and transom. The extra frustrating part of this, is.. You dont really see it until its too late. Once those little spider cracks appear, it’s terminal. And needs to be stripped off.
Here is another thing.. and a reason Sunbrella is far better than cotton. The UV rays go right through the Cotten. YES, My boat is under a cover under a roof. Burned. Some of you may have experienced this same thing.
So, whats the solution? Yes a new cover made from a better sunblocking material. It may not “breath” as well. But dear god. And Curtains on the boathouse which kinda loop hole you around all the rules about boathouses and sides, which by the way is the stupidest law ever. I would rater see a crappy boathouse with sides than 90% of the ones with open sides. But, thats a Don Quixote fight.
Now the issue is, what sort of curtains. Fellow WoodyBoater Victor Fabricus shared his curtains, and the way he did them on a garage door system. Which is cool as hell. My concern is Salt water and corrosion. I could do some awning material, or a simple curtain rod and heaver curtains, there is also some sun blocking screen that allows air to flow through but blocks the UV rays… Not to sure about that.
So today, I need some advice. Have you tried this? Do you need this? As a public service to the citizens of WoodyBoaterville my plan is document this all.. AKA, Milking the crap out of it.