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Post by F23 flittermouse on Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:21 pm

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Post by bigscale on Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:34 am

Very nice Derek should keep the rain off
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Post by krodgers on Wed Mar 21, 2018 8:36 am

That's great. I just received my new canopy from Nauticover yesterday, so perfect timing for me.

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Post by Minerva on Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:46 pm

I am going to get one of these for Lady Colleen. At £745 for a navy PVC it's too good not to do. She's got a hard top at the moment and I'm a sun worshipper. I will leave the hard top struts in place and put a cross member in to emulate the original front hoop that's been removed.

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Post by Minerva on Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:35 am

Nauticover say they don't have a template for a F26. Has anyone got an old F26 canopy in their lock up?

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Post by F23 flittermouse on Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:48 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Nauticover say they don't have a template for a F26. Has anyone got an old F26 canopy in their lock up?
That's strange ! they have a price in their list. How can they price it if they don't know what its like !!!!

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Post by Minerva on Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:42 pm

Hi Derek, basically they don’t have a template for the F26. If I had a cover to send them it would be no problem for them to copy, but I am replacing a hard top so it’s a problem. If they were a bit nearer I would take the hard top and covers off and run the lot down there.

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Post by Minerva on Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:31 pm

Does anyone know a source of the original Freeman canopy material?

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Post by SNAPPER101 on Sat Mar 16, 2019 4:51 am

Hi.  These Covers from Nauticover, I am assuming that they may have a templete for a mk22. 
I am very tempted to get one, but I have noticed on many freemans that the pram metal work, seems to be so different. Our rear pram section is almost vertical, were others are more angled , similar to Dereks . So I wonder what template they cater for, and it maybe be the case that you alter the pram structure to suit the cover. I prefer my design, as it gives more head room in the cockpit. I will have to phone them, as there price is very good.
I certainly is on my shopping list, as it makes the boat look really smart.

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Post by Minerva on Sat Mar 16, 2019 9:09 am

Nauticover need u to send them old old hood. They just copy it. 
That's why I have a problem since I am replacing a hard top so I have no hood to send them. 
They do have some original Freeman templates but not for the F26.
I got some quotes from others and it's looking like £2 to £3k which is too much for s boat worth £6k. 
So I am thinking of getting some material and seeing a replacement for just the hard area. 
I looked on eBay for vinyl pvc material but can't find a good source.

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Post by F23 flittermouse on Sat Mar 16, 2019 10:09 am

A bit far away but msybe worth a call ?

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Post by Minerva on Sat Mar 16, 2019 3:22 pm

Thanks Derek. I might keep the hard top for now but cut a nice big rectangular hole in it above the helm seat, border it off and cover with pvc and press studs. I would like a new canopy but the prices are IMO too high. I would have gone for a nauticover like yours but they had no template and really were not that interested in finding any way around the issue. I rang sheridan too but they don't seem to have any off the shelf hoods anymore!
The supplier pat recommended wanted £2600 plus vat. That's half the value of the boat and I haven't even given the engines a thrash yet so can't justify it.

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Post by JohnR on Sat Mar 16, 2019 4:26 pm

Try Mac Hoods. 01628 483411 or 07763 943098. Colin McClenn or his son Josh.
They will measure on site, supply a new header rail, bend new frames, and make the hood to whatever you want.

For my 22 Mk2, total including slider kit and S/S frames, blinds for the inside and a new header was £1000. (But he was doing two others on the same site at the same time!)

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Post by F23 flittermouse on Sat Mar 16, 2019 5:30 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:For my 22 Mk2, total including slider kit and S/S frames, blinds for the inside and a new header was £1000. (But he was doing two others on the same site at the same time!)
That sounds extremely reasonable price for that amount of work, do you have contact details (location ) to share and perhaps some photographs ?

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Post by F23 flittermouse on Sat Mar 16, 2019 5:48 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Nauticover need u to send them old old hood. They just copy it. 
I've never disputed that Rupert, in fact l believe I said that from the beginning.

On mine I was able to send the old ( l had an even older spare to use ). They cut it to get the developed shape.
 I requested an inch or two extra on the size as the old had shrunk, l also got them for a nominal sum to sew back together the old one as a winter cover and return with the new canopy.
The only problem l had was l wish the overlaps at the zips had been an inch wider. When l metioned it Phil sent me some snap fixing to add, but l never used them in the end.

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Post by Minerva on Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:55 pm

Derek, yes you have always said that re template. I was just reiterating it in reply to Alan's question. Machoods can make the original F canopy, but he is pretty busy. He quoted me £1700 for a f26 which is not bad compared to the competition. That's for a standard vinyl pvc original job. I can't remember whether that was with or without vat as it was last September when he quoted.

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Post by JohnR on Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:00 pm

Mac Hoods are in Cookham, but will travel to wherever the boat is.

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