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Old 08-21-2011, 05:54 PM   #1
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My latest canvas project!

Canvas window coverings, Front and partial sides are complete!!* I am planning to go all the way around, but only got this much done this past week.*
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Old 08-21-2011, 08:47 PM   #2
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Wow! Those look great, Bess.
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Old 08-22-2011, 07:55 AM   #3
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Looking great Bess~ ....who's that derelict hanging out on the bow?
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Old 08-22-2011, 10:20 AM   #4
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*jots down Chris' name in the 'Moderator's Book of Trouble Makers'*
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Old 08-22-2011, 10:21 AM   #5
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....who's that derelict hanging out on the bow?
*He's a a$$hole that did the installation! ;-)
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Old 09-04-2011, 03:07 PM   #6
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Phase 2 complete!!* Sides complete.* On to a helm cover.

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Old 09-05-2011, 05:35 AM   #7
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Old 09-05-2011, 05:13 PM   #8
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Very nice Job!
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Old 09-05-2011, 06:44 PM   #9
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Phase 2 complete!!* Sides complete.* On to a helm cover.

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*Bess, when you do the helm cover I would be interested in a few "process" pics -- i.e. how you do the patterns, etc.* It has been on my list for several years now.

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ARoss wrote:Bess, when you do the helm cover I would be interested in a few "process" pics -- i.e. how you do the patterns, etc.* It has been on my list for several years now.
*Al do you mean something like this....?

It's the pic of my flybridge cover when a storm wrecked the bimini so I took the plunge and had it remade and the helm cover as well.* I think your helm would be very much like mine.
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Old 09-06-2011, 10:44 AM   #11
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Hi Al!* I definately will take "in process" pictures.* Patterning the windows was very straight forward, no pics needed.* I plan to do a wheel cover separate from the instrument panel cover.*

Patterning was supposed to happen last weekend, but we were so dog tired from helping his cousin in Oriental clean up flood damage, we just came home instead! So, I plan to pattern it this coming weekend.

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Old 09-11-2011, 10:02 AM   #12
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We just posted on some of our canvas projects...

http://trawler-beach-house.blogspot....-cover-up.html

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Old 09-11-2011, 05:17 PM   #13
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My latest canvas project!

Nice Job Chuck!**We got quoted 1500.00 for flybridge cushions.* I got my sailrite for 700, the material for 100, the foam for 200.00, and STILL saved 500 bucks!!* That was the beginning of my*canvas projects!!

I can't wait to tackle the Flybridge enclosure!!


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Old 09-11-2011, 08:18 PM   #14
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That's great Bess. At least you could get a quote. Looks like you have done an excellent job on yours. Chuck
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Old 09-12-2011, 06:40 AM   #15
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Just like your experience, Chuck, we have had the hardest time getting most people in the boat business to give even the most basic level customer service (you must have read our blog about it too ;-) ) And TBH, canvas people are the WORST! They almost never show up on time, or ever, and have the biggest egos I have ever dealt with in any industry. They all believe they are the best at what they do and everyone else is $hit. Even if you ask around in marinas, there is usually a 50/50 ratio of great experiences and horrible experience with every vendor, so trying to choose is like Pin-The-Tail-On-The-Donkey with no tail and no target. To top it all off, now that I know what I know about canvas work, it is STAGGERING at the amount of mark-up they apply to materials and labor. Sure, not everybody can do it, but with the few options most areas have for competition between vendors, I would almost accuse them of price-fixing. I am glad Bess is embracing these projects and I have started a few of my own. It can be quite fun, but also terribly frustrating. Still, in the end, we can make multiple tries at a single project and still be WAY under the money for paying some ego maniac to do it just once.
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Old 09-12-2011, 06:38 PM   #16
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I have to add to Tom's rant, that we had Tim's mom Sally do our bimini, and she did a fabulous job, showed up on time and was very easy to work with.* But she is by far the exception to the canvas worker's rule of thumb.*

I wanted to do the bimini myself back then but Tom didn't want me to try it as my first project.* Now, he's pretty certain that I can do the next one!*
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How are you fastening the covers on the boat?

I have seen a lot of the bungie cord and hook set up used. *Just curious as to the best or prefered method.

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We use a variety of fasteners depending on what it is and where it needs to be attached. I don't like bungee style attachments since the bungee wears out and stretches after a short time in the Florida sun. Chuck
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For us it was all SS snaps and a press-n-snap tool. All from Sailrite. The install was a bit tricky to pull them tight enough to not wrinkle but not so tight to bee hard to install. Getting over drilling holes in the boat for the first time was REALLY the hardest part.
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*Bess, when you do the helm cover I would be interested in a few "process" pics -- i.e. how you do the patterns, etc.* It has been on my list for several years now.

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*Patterning pictures as promised!!* I first tossed a huge piece of patterning material over the helm.* I then folded over corners and trimmed up the hemline.* I marked all current snap locations.* I marked the corner folds.* I then had to cut the pattern in two to fit in my fabric.* I forgot to get the 60 inch width.* Oops.* On the diningroom floor I cut the pattern out.

I actually made it way too big first fitting and had to hem it up another 4 inches.* I did a second fitting last weekend.* I expect the cover to fit great this time.* I did the wheel separate.* I just did a big circle with a tube for the hydraulic shaft.* This tube is velcro to close, and the bottom half of the wheel will be snaps.* Finished pictures will be taken this weekend...I hope.
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