solent based cockpit tent/sprayhood recommendations

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I think we are after a cockpit enclosure and sprayhood. We are based in port solent so solent based firms please if anyone has recommendations of a sensibly priced but good firm who deliver on time (rather than the trend in Marine Services which tends to be a bit manana (but without the latin charm)
 

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Give Nicky Octon at NJO Sails a call

They are based in Shamrock Quay and she is really good at such stuff.

She's doing a bimini for me.
 

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Very happy with the price and excellent service I had from Comfort Afloat, Gosport, a few years ago. They made a cockpit enclosure to attach to an existing sprayhood made by another firm and it fitted perfectly.
 

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TecSew in Gosport are the Gold Standard of cockpit enclosures. Their technology is excellent, build quality faultless and customer service fantastic. They are not the cheapest in the business, but you really need to get a quote from them before comitting to anyone else.
 

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You seem to be swamped by recommendations, but add Dolphin Sails on the Hamble to the list. They made me a great and widely admired sprayhood and do the covers for Oyster Yachts.
 

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It might be of interest that a number of Bavarias now have canvas work by Tecsew . Having previously dealt with CJ marine on our Bavaria and Tecsew more recently for our cockpit tent would always use Tecsew in the future.
 

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TecSew in Gosport are the Gold Standard of cockpit enclosures. Their technology is excellent, build quality faultless and customer service fantastic. They are not the cheapest in the business, but you really need to get a quote from them before comitting to anyone else.

Another happy Tecsew customer here. Excellent in every way.
 

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I had my sprayhood recovered by Advanced Covers, who supply (supplied?) Discovery canvas. I’m very happy with the result.

On my previous boat I had C&J Marine supply and fit a complete sprayhood, which I was also happy with, but they couldn’t compete on price more recently.

I don’t know what Port Solent’s terms are, but make sure that they won’t charge a fee for allowing a contractor to come aboard to measure up and fit.
 
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Yet another vote for Tecsew. John is the head man there and what he doesn't know about canopies, covers etc isn't worth knowing. As has previously been mentioned they are not the cheapest when thinking initial outlay but for quality over time they are hard to beat.
 

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Tecsew,
Just enlighten me please. by any chance were they a little expensive at all or roughly in line with other companies. Ive just been given some prices for a sprayhood. For an 8mtr is wow, nearly more than my boat cost, nearly more than a new engine, more than a set of sails, more than my annual mooring on a pontoon berth on the Hamble. How much would you expect to pay for a good quality sprayhood on a smallish Twister.

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Tecsew,
Just enlighten me please. by any chance were they a little expensive at all or roughly in line with other companies. Ive just been given some prices for a sprayhood. For an 8mtr is wow, nearly more than my boat cost, nearly more than a new engine, more than a set of sails, more than my annual mooring on a pontoon berth on the Hamble. How much would you expect to pay for a good quality sprayhood on a smallish Twister.

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We bought our current boat almost exactly a year ago and the dealer outsourced all the canvas work to Tecsew. I've just checked the invoice and the sprayhood cost just under £2000 plus VAT. I understand that the dealer gets a useful discount from Tecsew because of the volume of work they outsource, so I guess that the price for a one-off from Tecsew might be something like 10% more than that.

That was for a 13m boat - but I don't think that the price of the sprayhood scales linearly with boat size - the effort involved in manufacturing and fitting it is pretty much the same for an 8m boat as it is for a 15m boat, and materials make up a relatively small part of the total bill.
 

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We bought our current boat almost exactly a year ago and the dealer outsourced all the canvas work to Tecsew. I've just checked the invoice and the sprayhood cost just under £2000 plus VAT. I understand that the dealer gets a useful discount from Tecsew because of the volume of work they outsource, so I guess that the price for a one-off from Tecsew might be something like 10% more than that.

That was for a 13m boat - but I don't think that the price of the sprayhood scales linearly with boat size - the effort involved in manufacturing and fitting it is pretty much the same for an 8m boat as it is for a 15m boat, and materials make up a relatively small part of the total bill.

You hit the nail on the head in one blow. No new sprayhood for me then. I was going to get a full enclosure to keep dry but £6,000 inc Vat is a tad too much for me. I do however appreciate the time and skill involved in producing a good quality product.

Steveeasy
 

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You hit the nail on the head in one blow. No new sprayhood for me then. I was going to get a full enclosure to keep dry but £6,000 inc Vat is a tad too much for me. I do however appreciate the time and skill involved in producing a good quality product.

Steveeasy

Are you looking at a complete sprayhood including all the metalwork, or just re-canvassing an existing sprayhood? The latter should be a lot cheaper.
 

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I cannot really comment on sprayhood or dodgers as I believe some term them but for cockpit enclosures a lot turns on what you want in terms of zipping side panels and framework . Ours has zip out panels which while zips can be a pain gives the option to motor or sail with a Bimini top and as much side cover as you want etc. Fixed side panel are much cheaper but then you cannot replace with net panels or cool down etc . They are pricey but a decent cockpit cover is rather like adding an orangery to your house but at same time when arriving in hotter climates you just want some sun protection. I think 6k seems rather high depending on size of cockpit but as you buy once the cheaper all attached panel variety might not in longer term offer same usage.
 
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