How to Install a Curved Zipper — 3 Techniques

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A full boat enclosure offers great protection from sea spray, cold air, and bugs and insects, but it can also make your cockpit feel a bit stuffy. Adding a U-shaped window to your enclosure will allow you to let the breeze roll in when you want it and keep the cold air out when you don't. Installing a curved zipper may seem tricky, but the secret is knowing when to baste and sew each part. We'll walk you through the process step-by-step in these separate how-to videos.

These three videos outline three different variations of this project. Depending on your preferences you can have just the vinyl window material roll up or you can add a screen to keep bugs out. If you opt to add a screen, you can further decide to keep the screen stationary or have it roll up as well.

Each of the three how-to videos below are complete tutorials. There are multiple ways you can add a window to your boat enclosure, so we made videos showing three separate techniques. You can watch all three tutorials and then decide which window technique is right for you. Or, if you know the type of window opening, you want you can jump right to that video and get started on your DIY.

The most basic style of zippered window, this video demonstrates how to install a curved zipper in one layer of clear vinyl only. It will walk you through all the steps from marking where your zipper should go on the vinyl to sewing the binding and the zipper and installing a strap to keep the window rolled up.

In this video, you'll see how to install a curved zipper in a vinyl window with a permanent screen. This video details adding the curved zipper and the screen, which are sewn in at the same time.

Allowing for maximum flexibility, this window configuration features a zippered, roll-up window and a zippered, roll-up screen. This video will walk you through the process of creating the zippered vinyl window as well as how to install the screen.

We hope you find these project tutorials useful for your DIY project. If you have questions or need help with your project, don't hesitate to contact us. We're always happy to help our customers achieve DIY success! You can reach us via email, phone or using the chat function on our website.