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Old 01-19-2013, 09:46 PM   #1
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Boatleather Wheel Cover

I added something to my boat recently that significantly changed my comfort during winter boating. I first got a chance to try it out last week and was very pleased.

Our lower helm's stainless steel wheel is very cold during winter months so I have normally worn light gloves to pilot the boat. As a retirement gift, my fellow pilots bought me a foam padded, custom fitted leather wheel wrap for my boat. I installed is a couple of weeks ago and was very impressed with the product's quality and the level of comfort it added to winter ops.

I had some questions about ordering the right size and process of lacing the new cover onto my helm. I called the owner, Tom, and he was great to work with, providing me all the help I needed. Other than being a satisfied customer, I have no affiliation with this company.

Now that the wheel looks so nice, the chipped black ring of the wheel pilot really stands out, so I'll be repainting that soon.

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I thought others might find this product as helpful as I did.

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Old 01-19-2013, 10:20 PM   #2
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Cool. All you need now are some fuzzy dice hanging fom the rear view mirror.
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Old 01-19-2013, 10:23 PM   #3
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Now you have a giant bratwurst as a helm. )
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Old 01-19-2013, 10:34 PM   #4
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Cool. All you need now are some fuzzy dice hanging fom the rear view mirror.
First I'd need to buy the rear view mirror, but the flybridge helm has a suicide knob!
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Old 01-20-2013, 12:00 AM   #5
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Very nice. We've always had a cover on the wheel when we were blow boaters.
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Old 01-20-2013, 12:56 AM   #6
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Al, I touched your wheel at the Pittsburg rendezvous. (Ooohh) ... Custom made, huh? So where does one get a wheel wrap like yours?

Hmmm. Double sinks.... Good place for us to all wash dishes.
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Old 01-20-2013, 02:12 AM   #7
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Boatleather.com. The link is in the original post.
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Old 01-20-2013, 02:14 AM   #8
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Winter sailing in the SF Bay/Delta. Sister and her friend. Still don't understand why people wear shorts during the winter here.

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Al, how difficult was it to hand stitch/install the leather cover? Weren't detailed/adequate instructions provided?
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One of my fellow-workers' retirement gift to me. Railroad engineer/driver for a day.





(This steam locomotive, known as a Shay, has three engines/cylinders. At one point, the female trainee-fireman managed to exceed maximum boiler pressure resulting in a sudden release of steam, not caught in a photograph.)
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Al, It looks like it may be a classic (woody?) moored beside you in the original post. Do you know what it is?
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Al, sorry I forgot to mention that I liked your idea on the wheel, I was thinking of changing to wood for the same reason. Will rethink. Thanks
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Hmmm. Double sinks.... Good place for us to all wash dishes.
I'd love to have double sinks! It would make it so much better for my wife.
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I feel a single vs twin discussion coming up.
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Looks like an old Chris to me in the OP.

I have leather too but I put it on my hands as in gloves. While maneuvering in port I poke my finger between 2 spokes and go round and round when desired. Before you ask no I don't have 6 turns L to L ... I have 3.

I considered that but found I like the hand to metal feel when it's reasonably warm. And I like the looks of the SS Destroyer Wheel best.
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Al, how difficult was it to hand stitch/install the leather cover? Weren't detailed/adequate instructions provided?
There's a helpful installation video here. I pulled the wheel and took it home to complete the work. There's a bit of a learning curve to get the hang of it, but then it goes faster. It took about 2-3 hrs.
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Old 01-20-2013, 12:05 PM   #17
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Al, It looks like it may be a classic (woody?) moored beside you in the original post. Do you know what it is?
Sorry Allan, that picture was taken years ago when I was considering the purchase of FlyWright. At the time, I was smitten and only had eyes for her. I never noticed that beauty in the next slip.
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Old 01-21-2013, 08:51 PM   #18
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Before and after refinishing with Rustoleum Brightcoat Chrome Metallic Finish Spraypaint:

Love the Engineer for a Day pics, Mark! You look like a natural at the controls. I've driven lots of things in my day, but I've never driven a train.

That would make a great new thread...Most interesting things you've driven. I bet our members have some real stories to tell.
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:32 AM   #19
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A wrapped wheel is great , in cold weather chunks of skin frozen to the wheel will not be a problem!
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That would make a great new thread...Most interesting things you've driven. I bet our members have some real stories to tell.

Driven or flown. I've got doozies in both areas. No trains though. Yet.
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