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Removing, Opening, and Closing EZ2CY® Enclosure

Removing Panels from Boat:

EZ2CY® Enclosures are designed to remain on the boat. The probability of scratching or damaging a panel in the process of removing or replacing far outweighs any benefit of storage. If panels must be removed, contact an EZ2CY® Dealer near you.

Opening and Closing Panels:

Open only those panels designed to be opened. At the time of installation, your dealer will demonstrate and give specific instructions for opening and closing your EZ2CY® Enclosure. Some general rules apply to all opening panels:

When opening or closing an EZ2CY® Panel caution should be taken to prevent excessive bending. When handling panels the wind can be an important factor.  If underway, reduce boat speed. Turn boat if required to eliminate excess wind.

Vertical zippers must be open to the top track (sliding panels: fully open and separate zippers). Hold panel with one hand while unzipping the bottom zipper.  This will give you control of the panel. Pull panel in and up to top; fasten appropriately (sliding panels:  slide panel and fasten appropriately). 

If panels are rubbing on each other, insert a paper towel, clear suction cup or similar soft product to prevent scratching.

Hold the panel with one hand while opening the bottom zipper. This will give you better control of the panel.

For hinged panels, pull the panel in and up, fastening appropriately. For sliding panels, slide the panel completely open and make sure that it is properly fastened.

EZ2CY® Panels are designed to remain on the boat. The cost and likelihood of scratching or breaking a panel in the process of removing it far outweigh any benefit of storage. If you absolutely must remove your panels, please contact your EZ2CY® Dealer for help.

Fasteners

A decision that boat owners must make is how the enclosures are attached to the boat. Haul-out is also an excellent opportunity to service your enclosures’ zippers, Velcro, and fabric borders. Acrylic and vinyl goods from Sunbrella and Herculite are utilized with fasteners like slides, snaps, and zippers.

Serge Ferrari’s Stamoid, a dimensionally stable vinyl, is used by Canvas Designers. Then a track-to-track program is used to link the glass to the boat. There is a track on the hardtop of the boat and a track on the flybridge coaming, a bolt rope on the top is sewed, and the bottom panel zips are closed.

Timing

How often you use your boat determines the frequency with which you should change your enclosures. Some folks have 25-year-old boats with less than 1,200 hours on them, and they run them all around the globe; some of the sportfishing boats are two years old and have 3,000 hours on them.

Sportfishing boats competing in international competitions often encounter a worn or damaged enclosure at a foreign port, and repairing or replacing the panel might be difficult. When acquiring enclosures, the option to have a replacement transported to your location is something to think about. For this reason, computer-aided design (CAD) software can save the dimensions of your boat enclosures.

Cleaning

The goal of cleaning is to make it as simple and easy as possible.

Problem: When washing 040 vinyl and polycarbonates, they are readily scratched, resulting in a dirty appearance.

Solution: Use acrylic as a solution. Coated items are somewhat scratch-resistant, but since acrylic is so transparent, it collects more dirt than any other product, necessitating more frequent cleaning. Additionally, unlike covered materials, scratches in acrylic can typically be polished away. I usually cleaned. The boat was cleaned after a long voyage, but cleaning the enclosure was skipped to mingle. The boat enclosure in the next slide was still more precise and excellent than the new and freshly cleaned conventional enclosure.

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