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TOPIC: Dog Box Awning Material?

Dog Box Awning Material? 07 Feb 2020 16:42 #113653

Hi All

would agree with Balliol, we got by last year with a king size fitted sheet over the large dog box and a linen table cloth over the smaller one, worked a treat and did not look so bad once you stretched the material by lifting the hatches. This coupled with an old Indian Dhoti of mine wrapped around the exposed areas of the n wheelhouse kept us and the dogs very comfortable in the heat of last summer.
(we also had some purpose built external curtains made for the wheelhouse which meant that we did not look too much like a gypsy caravan)

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mpn
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Dog Box Awning Material? 04 Feb 2020 14:24 #113535

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The traditional bargee's way is an old white bed sheet, and we have been known to improvise in that way for the odd short hot spell. A white sheet lets quite a lot of light through whilst being very effective at blocking out heat.

On the theme of improvising, you could use pot magnets to hold the awning down to the deck ( www.guysmagnets.com are very helpful) or copy the Swallows and Amazons, sew in some pockets and use stones or weights to hold the sheet down, and a ridge rope to hold it up a bit if you wish.

Pot magnets can also be bought with lacing eyes or hooks for lashing purposes.

A few bits of 40mm plastic solvent weld waste pipe and a bag of fittings can also be very useful to make impromptu tent poles, and if you don't cement the joints then everything can be taken apart easily to stow away during all the times you don't need an awning.

As said before outdoor carpet or fake grass is very good at keeping heat out of the steelwork, especially if wetted periodically with the deckwash pump, and again magnets will hold that down.

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Dog Box Awning Material? 04 Feb 2020 14:15 #113534

Alan

some alum. rings on each side of the saloon ( or on the top railing if you have that )...
with the opening just big enough to slide an adjustable pole in. .( two for each pole)
Then you can raise the cover when moored and lower it while cruising, attach them with some springs, to adjust for winds.
Sorry you will have to wait for pictures till we are back on the barge
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Dog Box Awning Material? 04 Feb 2020 13:14 #113533

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Thank you Richard but it is awning material as I already have a colour matched Blue Winter cover for the dog box.
I am looking to mitigate some of the summer sun, which I love, but find very......hot 😎
An overlapping awning may help reduce the saloon roof temperature too.

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Dog Box Awning Material? 04 Feb 2020 12:50 #113532

Possibly not quite what you are thinking about but I made a couple of weatherproof winter covers for my two dog / pigeon(?) boxes from white lorry side curtain material and to make them into proper fitting shapes I used double sided waterproof tape from Toolstation, works perfectly well. Can't remember the supplier but Google will surely find someone. (I've also used the same stuff for the new wheelhouse roof stuck onto thin ply with light bandsawn curved frames - very light, very waterproof.)
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Dog Box Awning Material? 04 Feb 2020 11:55 #113530

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After my first French, & hottest summer last year I plan to add an awning over my Dog Box.
I have seen some clever ways of attaching and suspending the material but I have not found a supplier.
Ideally it would be what I call wind friendly, with perforations or loose enough weave so as not to billow in the breeze, or wind, with just a few eyelets aroubd the edges which I could add myself.
I am looking at approx 2m x 2m white or reflective (maybe not so good while cruising?)
Any suggestions if a UK supplier, or has anybody used the firm near Auxerre/Migennes?
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