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Winter cockpit room on 54


ngtnewington Newington
 

Hello fellow Amel owners,

On Amelia I have the curtain that zips to the aft end of the spray hood that keeps the front half of the cockpit dry. It works very well and allows easy access to the winches and to look at the sails whilst actually sailing. The watch keeper is also kept dry even when running downwind.

Please see the attached photo.

I am considering getting the whole winter cockpit room made, obviously this would be great whilst in port or at anchor. My question is; how well does it work when actually sailing? 

Nick

Amelia AML54-019 still in Kefalonia


Courtney Gorman
 

Nick 2 years ago we left Brunswick Georgia in January it was 30 degrees F we had the full winter enclosure and for 4 days were in 30+knots the enclosure worked great and when it warmed some we rolled up the side panels and kept on going.  I loved it 👍🏻
Courtney 
Trippin 
54 #101


On Oct 6, 2019, at 6:09 AM, ngtnewington Newington via Groups.Io <ngtnewington@...> wrote:

Hello fellow Amel owners,

On Amelia I have the curtain that zips to the aft end of the spray hood that keeps the front half of the cockpit dry. It works very well and allows easy access to the winches and to look at the sails whilst actually sailing. The watch keeper is also kept dry even when running downwind.<IMG_0988.jpeg>

Please see the attached photo.

I am considering getting the whole winter cockpit room made, obviously this would be great whilst in port or at anchor. My question is; how well does it work when actually sailing? 

Nick

Amelia AML54-019 still in Kefalonia


karkauai
 

Hi Nick,
I just redid our SM cockpit enclosure last year.  We got caught in a 3-day gale this Spring and stayed dry (some dripping where zippers meet at corners) and warm in 35-45 kts winds and torrential rains.  I also raised the Bimini top a few inches so I can stand up straight and see all around the boat.  I have similar side panels out of sun screen that lets air through but shades and cools the cockpit a lot and keeps light rain out.

The new Bimini is supported forward on two poles that attach to the dodger, and aft by the mizzen forestays and cap shrouds.  It stays up all the time for shade, but has two large windows to trim sails and allows wind to blow through the cockpit when the forward window is stowed.  It has made life in the cockpit much better in all conditions.

I can’t find my pics, will post some next time the enclosure is up.



Kent Robertson
S/V Kristy
SM243

On Oct 6, 2019, at 6:09 AM, ngtnewington Newington via Groups.Io <ngtnewington@...> wrote:

Hello fellow Amel owners,

On Amelia I have the curtain that zips to the aft end of the spray hood that keeps the front half of the cockpit dry. It works very well and allows easy access to the winches and to look at the sails whilst actually sailing. The watch keeper is also kept dry even when running downwind.<IMG_0988.jpeg>

Please see the attached photo.

I am considering getting the whole winter cockpit room made, obviously this would be great whilst in port or at anchor. My question is; how well does it work when actually sailing? 

Nick

Amelia AML54-019 still in Kefalonia


Stefan Schaufert
 

Hello Nick,

the „winter enclosure“ is great. Even in hot weather ( just open some windows). Also when sailing you can use all sheets without opening the side windows. Especially for night watches it is fine (it stays warm, nearly like in the saloon, we sleep in the cockpit).
Disadvantages: worse watching the sails, more difficult to go outside/ on deck.

Best regards
Stefan

A54-119 Lady Charlyette, currently Porto Santo


Danny and Yvonne SIMMS
 

Hi Nick, we have a full cockpit enclosure with side and back curtains that roll up. Would be without it. We get the use of the full cockpit in any weather. No problem at sea. A must have in my opinion. If you look around you will see a lot of SM with these and some with better features than others so look around before you do it

Regards

Danny

SM 299

Ocean Pearl

On 06 October 2019 at 23:09 "ngtnewington Newington via Groups.Io" <ngtnewington@...> wrote:

Hello fellow Amel owners,

On Amelia I have the curtain that zips to the aft end of the spray hood that keeps the front half of the cockpit dry. It works very well and allows easy access to the winches and to look at the sails whilst actually sailing. The watch keeper is also kept dry even when running downwind.

Please see the attached photo.

I am considering getting the whole winter cockpit room made, obviously this would be great whilst in port or at anchor. My question is; how well does it work when actually sailing? 

Nick

Amelia AML54-019 still in Kefalonia


 


 


Dean Gillies
 

Nick,
Another +1 in favour of the winter tent. Ours is the original version which came to us when we bought Stella. We had not used it before this year.

We fitted it in April for a transit from Greece to Scotland. It was very much appreciated. 
No sheeting problems caused for us at any point of sail.

The one problem area is that the original design leaks rainwater around the mizzenmast. We’ll be sailing in higher latitudes again next year so have commissioned a modification to address that problem.

If you decide to have one designed, pay close attention to the mizzenmast penetration.

Dean
SY Stella
A54-154