Blue Turtle Cruising

We’re now ready for summer

So July is almost over and we’re now ready for summer. Finally. What I mean is that we now have all of our blinds up as well as our outside screens. June was a one tough, hot month for us with no blinds or shades on our boat. Our poor air conditioners just couldn’t keep up with the sun setting int our windows. You don’t realize how important it is to keep your windows covered from sun until you’re mid-summer. As soon as I realized this, I placed an order on www.blinds.com for some faux wood mini blinds. Real wood blinds warp and distort with all the humidity on a boat so the faux wood blinds suit me just fine.  I was really impressed with blinds.com in that the blinds I ordered had came with a SureFit Guarantee, which means that if you measure any of the blinds wrong, you could get one replacement blind for each one ordered for FREE. This helped tremendously considering we had some really odd shaped windows to measure for, and we ended up having to have 2 of the five remade. All I did was call with the new measurements and they shipped them to me, asking that I just donate the old blinds to a local charity. With the new blinds we were now (mostly) covered.

So, we still had two doors with windows letting sun in as well as our blinds weren’t totally effective in keeping the heat out of the cabin. My parents had just installed sun screens on the outside of their trawler and said that this was what we were missing. Thankfully, I have a very crafty mother who can make these screens. All I had to do was place the order for the material and the snaps and help my father install the snaps around the windows. What a difference this makes!  So, even at the end of July we still have about 2.5 to 3 months of summer left (Florida summer runs into October) and we’re thankful for my mothers sewing skills and our new blinds.

Our new white sun screens cover our windows and shade from the sun
Our new white sun screens cover our windows and shade from the sun
Close up of our new sun screens
Close up of our new sun screens
Our new faux wood blinds
Our new faux wood blinds

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