David's Custom Trimmers Wakerley, QLD

Project Details

Fabric 1

Producer: Serge Ferrari
Supplier: Bainbridge Australia

Fabric 2

Tenara Thread
Producer: Gore Fibers
Supplier: Shann Australia

Design Name
Dave Elliott

Fabrication Name
Dave Elliott , Aaron Stumer

Project Manager Name
Dave Elliott

Installation Name
Dave Elliott , Aaron Stumer

Please describe the project specifications

A large suspended awning with no cockpit frame work for open access, while incorporating a solar panel mounting system and lighting for night use.

What was the purpose of this project? What did the client request?

The owner wanted a large shade area for the cockpit with no restrictions on movement or vision while sailing. It also needed to have solar panels mounted on top and they asked that the panels be as invisible as possible. They also required cockpit lighting added.

What is unique or complex about the project?

This was an extremely difficult project as a cover with no visible cockpit frame is not normal. We started with manufacturing and mounting 3 Stainless Steel bars running from the Targa bar to the aft davit system. These were made to mount the panels between, for a slimmer look. We then used these bars to suspend 3 fiberglass battens. Each batten is 2 pieces laminated together to create a permanently curved unit. This was essential as the side support ropes are only for storm conditions. In normal sailing situations these ropes tie out of the way for a completely open cockpit. The awning at the batten points was suspended to the SS bars with a triple overlapped Velcro system. LED lights were added under the panels that created an ambient glow of light through the Stamoid Lite fabric.

What were the results of the project?

The customers were blown away with the very original concept of a clean slim-line roof and visual integration of the solar panel system, as well as the unrestricted open area created.

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