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Old 06-20-2013, 02:18 PM   #1
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Howdy y'all,
I need some advice on two things, the first being exterior window covers. I plan on making them myself (I haven't sewn in 30 years). I have a Sailrite sewing machine and want to know if there is a material besides Stamoid that I could use. What's the average lifespan? Stamoid is sooo expensive. It doesn't look like it would be too hard. Or, should I take it to a pro? Any hidden catastrophes I need to be aware of?
I'm also trying to perk up the teak. Removing the varnish has been a royal pain in the gizzard that I don't want to EVER repeat so I am oiling it. Have I screwed up?
Thank you for your advice and have a rootin tootin day.
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Old 06-21-2013, 08:08 PM   #2
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I was hoping someone would answer your question about the right material for window covers. That's on my list too. I need to replace the big one and make a few more. Probably hatch covers and a cover for the throw ring, too.

As for teak, I don't have much on this boat, but I had one with a teak swim platform. I always oiled, never varnished. You do have to keep up with it, and it doesn't look as good, but I think it's easier.
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:10 PM   #3
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Howdy Capt. Tom and thank you for your reply. We ordered Stamoid today for the windows, and so the sewing will begin next week. Fingers crossed, I will be able to sew a straight seam and they will fit.
Been working on the teak a bit at a time using Starbrite and I think it
looks great but know it will take some effort to keep it looking bright and shiny.
Got a kyak today, all plastic with no windows or teak, paint, engine, electronics, etc. Less is more...nah!
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Staying on top of it has to be better than stripping it again.
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