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The Full Enclosure

Cassiopeia has a full enclosure which can be adjusted in stages from being entirely closed up for warmth and wind protection to being wide open with dodger and bimini only .*  This is accomplished by opening, closing or removing zippered window panels.

The fully adjustable enclosure ensures comfortable cruising in temperatures ranging from sub-freezing to the heat of summer.

  • When unzipped, the windows may be left hanging, rolled up and held by the ribbons which hang from the top of each.

  • Take care when adjusting the enclosure.  Scratches, rips or chafing can easily result from careless or impatient handling.

  • Often windows can simply be flipped back onto the roof (right) where they usually stay nicely out of the way and out of sight lines unless the wind is extreme.

  • In the picture at right, the dodger pane is also unclipped and curved forward to reduce chafe from the genoa sheet.

  • If high winds are expected, be sure to fasten the enclosure windows securely, particularly at dock or anchor.  Flapping in strong winds can destroy them

  • If windows are to be removed entirely (not advisable), they must be rolled carefully and stored in the tube provided or left with the dock crew at Sidney.  Be sure you won't change your mind later, though.

  • When scrubbing the boat, DO NOT scrub the windows on the dodger or bimini. Windows scratch very easily and cannot be repaired they must be replaced at your expense if damaged by scrubbing. Simply clean the Lexan by hosing it down with fresh water and use a soft towel or the squeegee provided.

  • Do not use any cleaning chemicals or powders on the enclosure.

  • Please ask in advance if you wish to take down or disassemble the dodger and bimini. This type of dodger/bimini configuration can be very difficult to put back together properly.*

  • You may remove the windows from the side of the full enclosure without permission, but take good care of them.

  • Please pay attention if you take part of the enclosure apart so that you can reassemble it properly.  It is not nearly as easy to put together as it is to take apart.

  • The enclosure must be completely reassembled for inspection on your return unless you have requested permission to leave some panels out.

  • Do not force anything.  Take special care not to force or damage the zippers or the clips.  When assembled properly, no force is required to zip and unzip and only slight force to unclip from the cockpit coaming.

  • Allow yourself sufficient time to reassemble the enclosure if you take out more than the side and back panels.  It always takes longer than expected to adjust everything properly.

    The eyelets that attach the enclosure to the boat by being pressed down over the little studs located around the outside of the cockpit can be difficult to unfasten if pulled at the wrong angle.  Using excessive force will cause expensive rips.  Press up on the metal, and take care not to pull on the fabric

    Be patient and take time to understand how they work.  Rock and twist the eye a little while pushing up with gentle force. They only respond to pressure in the proper direction.  Note that some may be set at different angles than others

* If the enclosure is not put back correctly at time of return, we must charge a minimum of one hour labour to correct the installation, plus the cost of repairs or replacement for any panels damaged due to carelessness or mishandling.  There is no charge for normal wear and tear in the normal course of proper use.

Suntan lotion, sunblock and fly sprays can stain gelcoat and destroy some plastics please be careful with these products.

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