OK, so this is just a couple of shots taken on the phone, but we thought you might be interested to see the first template. It’s taken two days of measuring, cutting and fitting, and we’re almost there…***
These pics give you an idea of the profile. Clearly it needs to be robust and functional, but we are also trying to arrive at a sympathetic design which follows Esper’s lines.
The structure will be made from stainless steel plate overlaid with honeycomb and fiberglass. We will use hard strataglass in the front and as a frame around the softer vinyl side windows. Both sides will roll right up, and the front will have a central zipped window flap.
Although a hard enclosure means losing the breezy and open aspect we currently enjoy, we believe the new design will improve our protection and comfort during the passage to PNW and all future ocean sailing.
We’ll keep you updated, and of course will be covering the whole process in our videos.
***It’s changed again! No new photo to show you, but it’s pretty similar, just thinner fiberglass at the front and back and some additional stainless steel struts.
We’re all very excited aboard Esper, not least Millie who is looking forward to two new corner spots under the hood!
Peace and fair winds!
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