44c wrote:Shade covers are an alternative too, I'm hoping to avoid them if I can though. Having to seal all those screw holes for the press studs would be a hassle.
I have full shade covers for all of my windows but stopped putting them on a long time ago. For me the chore of clipping / unclipping them all the time was too great - but then again I am lazy by nature and others may tolerate this better. 8)
I found that they couldn't be left in place while sailing - ropes would catch under the edges tearing them off and damaging them or the studs. While this didn't happen often, it was enough of a risk to make me want to not have them on while sailing. Hence everytime I stopped I used to run around and clip all the shades on, and then race around and unclip them all before heading off again. This only lasted a matter of months before I stopped doing it. Then I would clip them in place when I was leaving the boat for a while, but then I stopped doing that too - often one of the studs would come off in the wind and then the whole cover would start to flap. Hence if I was leaving the boat for longer than a week or so I didn't want to put the covers on in case the wind blew them off and they started flogging around causing damage. In a cyclone I would never leave them on, which means that in north queensland if I left the boat for more than a week I couldn't leave them on as there was always a risk of a cyclone while I was away. So I was stuck in the ironic positon of having protective covers for my windows that i didn't want to put on while sailing, and didn't want to put on when I left the boat for any length of time.
Also some of the press studs came off the material and needed drilling out and replacing, and some of the studs came off the boat leaving open holes until they were replaced.
All in all I gave up on this approach. As I say though others with a more tolerant nature may find this a workable solution. For me I want to be able to go sailing at as short a notice as possible and every extra job I have to do prior to pulling the sails up is just one more job to find a way of not doing.
Hence my recommendation would be to avoid external window covers/shades where possible.