The weather is warming up and the bugs are coming out. Instead of buying expensive screens for our hatches (hundreds of dollars), we decided to make our own for less than $15.
The following items needed to make these screen covers
- Black screen material from Home Depot
- An old black rope (ours came with the boat)
- A sewing machine & black thread
This is what we did to make the screens.
We sized the material over an opened hatch and pinned the seams together.
Then put the rope around the base and pinned it in place. The rope’s weight keeps the screen on the hatch.
I sewed it up and Walla! A new screen that keeps out mosquitoes, wasps and cockroaches.
This is Bug Proofing on a budget. We know this works since we had made similar screens for Moorea when we cruised and they stayed on even in windy anchorages.
The Domestic Boat Wife