Project details

Fabric name: Ferrari 502 PVC
Fabric producer: W Wiggins Ltd
Location: Auckland, NZ

What was the purpose of this project? What did the client request?
Our customer had ordered a new boat and wanted a boat cover over his private boat ramp for sun and rain protection.

What is unique or complex about the project?
The canopy was to be built over a steeply sloping boat ramp that was uneven. Access was difficult, and the canopy had to be designed around an existing boat shed. One side had to allow for a van to be backed in, which meant a 4 metre gap between the poles; consequently a more robust frame had to be designed. Further the canopy had to clear the boat shed, and could not be rectangular. The final shape, after many meetings (often using chalk and string lines to get it right) was a wedge, consisting of a scalloped edge on one side and straight edge on the other. The centre braces had to be angled to make this shape work. Installation was also tricky given the access issues and trying to fit the edge that was hard up against a hedge. The driveway had to be cut so that we could install concrete pads to insert the poles, which were chemset using rods – not a typical process for us. Installing the roof took several people working in tandem, the client even pitched in with suggestions.

What were the results of the project?
The client was so pleased with his new ‘boat port’ that he recommended our company to the CEO of Sea Legs, the company where he bought his boat. We hope that this job could lead to others for the boat manufacturers’ customers.

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