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Old 07-31-2020, 02:39 PM   #21
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Hmm. Well, all that sounds a bit discouraging. No way to get the boat in to a shop, and I don't much think that getting someone to come to the boat is feasible. We are too much out in the boondocks.

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The boat tube channel sail soulianis bought a kit and assembled it themselves...
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Old 07-31-2020, 10:12 PM   #22
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BTW, I just did a google search for marine canvas, Shields Marina, St Marks came up. Have you called them? Sometimes we don't see the obvious. You don't need to go to their shop or get within 20 feet of them when they come to measure the boat.

My boat is at Shields Marina, and they do not have any sort of canvas facility there, nor is it mentioned on their website. I sure wish they did -- it would be very convenient! :-) But your comment does give me an idea -- I will ask the guys there if they know anyone in the area. So thanks.
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My boat is at Shields Marina, and they do not have any sort of canvas facility there, nor is it mentioned on their website. I sure wish they did -- it would be very convenient! :-) But your comment does give me an idea -- I will ask the guys there if they know anyone in the area. So thanks.
This came up on Google search terms: marine canvas st marks, fl https://www.shieldsmarina.com/services/100535/canvas

Tallahassee is pretty close https://tallahasseeboatcanvas.com/
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I think Sailing Soulianis bought their kit from Sailrite...
https://www.sailrite.com/Sail-and-Canvas-Kits/Biminis
IT came with all the cloth, tubing and hardware.
prices range from $320 to $905 depending on coverage, number of bows and tubing size.
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This came up on Google search terms: marine canvas st marks, fl https://www.shieldsmarina.com/services/100535/canvas

Hmm. It does indeed say that they offer canvas service. So I fired off an email to them this morning to see if that service is still available. Good sleuthing!!


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After a lot of looking and thinking, I've decided that my wife and I are going to try and make a replacement Bimini top ourselves. Don (Bacchus) convinced me that it is something which is possible, even for a couple of novices, and I already have an old Sailrite which we had on the sailboat when living the cruising life. My ex-wife was a master with that machine! The current wife is used to sewing, but not with a Sailrite. But she is game to try. So wish me luck. Next stop is to watch a Sailrite video online. :-)


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I only use Tenara thread. It lasts forever unlike poly thread. However it is more trouble to set the machine since it is very slippery. I have my machine setup for it and never change the settings. Talk to Sailrite about using Tenara on your machine and how to set it up. Sailrite also sells their in-house brand of Tenara that should be fine also.
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That's a great idea! With videos we can do practically anything. Good luck.
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After a lot of looking and thinking, I've decided that my wife and I are going to try and make a replacement Bimini top ourselves. Don (Bacchus) convinced me that it is something which is possible, even for a couple of novices, and I already have an old Sailrite which we had on the sailboat when living the cruising life. My ex-wife was a master with that machine! The current wife is used to sewing, but not with a Sailrite. But she is game to try. So wish me luck. Next stop is to watch a Sailrite video online. :-)


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Maybe do a couple of smaller jobs first to get used to how it sews and just get to feel comfortable sewing with the machine.
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I agree... do some small jobs to get used to sewing.
I have been very happy with fabric purchased from Rockford Supply.com.
The usually have 2nds and closeouts that are real bargains. Buy some 2nds and find some smaller projects you can get started on.
I'd suggest learning to make and use patterns.
I have been happy with using a heavy plastic sheet that allows visibly through it and Sharpies work well for marking. You can use different colors to designate different items... i.e. marking bows etc w black and later using red as a "cut libe"after adding seam allowance, etc.
The is an extensive "thread" on DIY canvas tips that may help get started.
An area where you can set up several large tables for layout and infeed/outfeed from machine will help a lot.
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Sailrite has many DIY videos. Very helpful.
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I agree... do some small jobs to get used to sewing.
I have been very happy with fabric purchased from Rockford Supply.com.
The usually have 2nds and closeouts that are real bargains. Buy some 2nds and find some smaller projects you can get started on.
I'd suggest learning to make and use patterns.
I have been happy with using a heavy plastic sheet that allows visibly through it and Sharpies work well for marking. You can use different colors to designate different items... i.e. marking bows etc w black and later using red as a "cut libe"after adding seam allowance, etc.
The is an extensive "thread" on DIY canvas tips that may help get started.
An area where you can set up several large tables for layout and infeed/outfeed from machine will help a lot.

Thanks. And yes, I agree too. Start small to get the feel for the machine.


And I would assume you meant Rochford Supply????


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Yes on Rochford... worth a look.
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I have been buying my Sunbrella from greatlakesskipper.com. Havenít bought any for a while but they used to have a great price on it. Selection is somewhat limited though.
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Ordered some from Rochford. Good price. And found a "slightly used" Sailrite Ultralight LS-1 for sale locally for $200. So bought it. No electrical cord, but looks almost new. Lady said that it had only been used for less than 5 hours. But she didn't tell me the story behind it, although I hinted broadly that I would really love to know. Oh well. Ordered a new electrical cord from Sailrite.


The old Sailrite which I have, by the way, is circa 1995, and has been heavily used by my ex wife. So I figure that a "like new" one might be good, for that price.


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There is an extensive "thread" on DIY canvas tips that may help get started.

Can you give me a hint for locating it? I looked, but didn't see anything which fits that description.




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An area where you can set up several large tables for layout and infeed/outfeed from machine will help a lot.

Not a problem. Our living room fits that perfectly.


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I can do better than a hint...
https://www.trawlerforum.com/forums/...ad.php?t=22037
And here is the place to show off your work.

https://www.trawlerforum.com/forums/...ad.php?t=22066

Several other canvas project threads in Hen Maint section.
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I don't know much about sewing but it is likely that a second "ultralight" machine may be handy to have setup for the lighter stitching while your older machine is setup for the heavy stuff. Window and hatch covers and moving up to a fitted windlass cover may give you the feel for the machines as well as the confidence to make a perfectly fitted bimini. Very excited for you. Hope you will keep this thread updated with your beginning projects as well as the final bimini. A lot of FL boats add wraps around SS bimini frames where they touch the isinglass and burn it.
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Bimini redo

Yes I can! Dixie Seat Covers, in Pascagoula Mississippi. They have done a lot of work for me, and I recommend them highly. Last year they were fine with me mailing my Bimini to them to be copied.
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Are your bows one piece or 3 piece? Are they aluminum or SS ?
You will have trouble shipping them if one piece b/c will be very oversize.
If they are three piece they are shipable. If the are 3 piece aluminum, you can buy a complete top with new bows for under $300 and very good quality too.
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