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    Hi I have attached a picture (hopefully) of the type of curtain my client is looking for, can anyone point me in the direction of hardware for boats please? Or has anyone ordered poles from somebody like Hallis Hudson and adapted accordingly? I have not made eyelet curtains before and therefore don't have the equipment, however I believe you can purchase eyelet tape? Assuming the poles for the boat wouldn't really be very big diameter wise does anyone know whether the eyelet tape comes in different diameter sizes? Any information regarding curtain poles for boats would be appreciated.

    Finally how on earth would I even go about starting to make a porthole bung!!

    Thanks

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    Re: Narrow boat curtains and porthole bung!!

    Hi,
    There are lots of people out there with eyelet machines that would be happy to do the eyeleting for you.
    Just make the curtain up in the usual way with some buckram in the heading. (I was once half heartedly asked to make some curtains for someone's boat, but they didn't ever get in touch with me ). I would have though any 19 mm pole should be fine though. Not sure what a Porthole bung is ! Did you not ask the customer what they wanted exactly ???

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    • #3
      Re: Narrow boat curtains and porthole bung!!

      Hi!
      There is a good picture of a prthole bung on this forum and some information on it. http://www.canalworld.net/forums/ind...howtopic=19877. If you search for Porthole Bung on google there are a few bits of information.

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      • #4
        Re: Narrow boat curtains and porthole bung!!

        If you don't have the equipment etc. have you considered outsourcing this job to a company that specialises in caravan/boat curtains?n Even if you don't make a huge profit you have supplied a customer who may well then come back.

        There are quite a few out there if you Google...........like http://www.cbscc.co.uk/
        Louise


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        • #5
          Re: Narrow boat curtains and porthole bung!!

          Hi, Rufflette make a tape for eyelet curtains called 'Solar' tape, they also produce a plastic ring called a 'Jupiter' ring that can be snapped together with the curtain heading sandwiched between the two halves of the ring.Bit fiddly and time consuming as you have to clip away the circle of fabric within the eye in the tape ! Also, the eyes are where they are so to speak...if you get someone to press metal eyelets in you can space them to suit the flat width of the curtain.From memory the tape and plastic rings only come in one size and the max size pole they will work on without problems is 28mm. Hope that helps a little, Andrew.

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          • #6
            Re: Narrow boat curtains and porthole bung!!

            P.S. Similar tapes and rings are no doubt available from other manufacturers !
            Andrew

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            • #7
              Re: Narrow boat curtains and porthole bung!!

              Hi - thank you all for your advise and links very helpful (I now know what a port hole bung is!). I visited the boat yesterday and was able to enter into a conversation with the client which suggested to them that I had some knowledge of their requirements! So thanks.

              The client has decided on four pairs of curtains like the ones shown, a port hole bung and two blinds for the kitchen area. I wil post some pictures when complete.
              Thanks again

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              • #8
                Re: Narrow boat curtains and porthole bung!!

                Hi
                Something else to bear in mind: Boats can be very damp environments so you need to choose metal products that won't rust. Stainless steel will be best. You mention it's a canal boat so I would assume it's not used near the sea as the effects of salt make things doubly worse. If your client's boat has central heating for the winter and is well looked after and ventilated you might be safe with something else. Might be worth a chat with your client about their usage of the boat and/or a call to the pole or eyelet manufacturer about the 'rustability' of their products or suitability for marine use.
                Carol.

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                • #9
                  Re: Narrow boat curtains and porthole bung!!

                  I made a bung today - but for a round window in a master bedroom which was unfortunately right above the head of the bed! I used Sunbrella outdoor fabric for the back and sides in case of condensation. I set a zip into the side wall so the cover can be removed if required.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Narrow boat curtains and porthole bung!!

                    Originally posted by Louise View Post
                    I made a bung today - but for a round window in a master bedroom which was unfortunately right above the head of the bed! I used Sunbrella outdoor fabric for the back and sides in case of condensation. I set a zip into the side wall so the cover can be removed if required.

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                    So is a porthole bung essentially a cushion for a window?
                    You learn something every day!

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                    • #11
                      Re: Narrow boat curtains and porthole bung!!

                      That's how I interpreted it for this customer

                      It is for a holiday home on the Isle of Wight so hasn't made it out there yet but will get photos of it next month when I have been invited to visit.
                      Louise


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                      • #12
                        Re: Narrow boat curtains and porthole bung!!

                        Looks lovely Louise. Did you use foam for the inside?

                        I've got a small window for a spare room that I'm trying to find a solution for. Rectangular shape but they don't want any of the window covered permanently and due to a sloping wall there's no room above to mount a cassette for a blind. We're talking about a removable screen made out of upholstered mdf that would sit in the window at night only but I don't want it to be able to fall forwards accidentally. Your bung is nice and deep so could be an alternative.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Narrow boat curtains and porthole bung!!

                          Yes, I ordered 15cm thick medium density foam from Anyfoam just as if I was making a cushion or stool top. This window had a removeable wooden panel in it when the house was bought, but it fell down onto the bed one morning and gave the owners rather a shock! Luckily it didn't hit either of them.

                          I would think with careful measuring and dacron wrapped foam you should be able to get a snug fit.
                          Louise


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                          • #14
                            Re: Narrow boat curtains and porthole bung!!

                            Looks lovely Louise.

                            May I ask, and this may sound daft.....but is there a tab for them to pull on to remove it from the window or do they just push down on the foam?

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                            • #15
                              Re: Narrow boat curtains and porthole bung!!

                              There is a fabric handle across the front - Louise won't say this so I will - it is so perfectly pattern matched it is difficult to see!
                              Kind regards
                              Pen Harrison
                              Colly Brook Fine Furnishings

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