Learning to Sew (part 3): At Last, A New Sail Cover!
|The old sail cover had seen better days and many patches.
As our month of house-sitting came to a close, we finally started the sail cover project. The old one had been patched so many times I had not realized what a simple pattern it was until I watched the Sailrite video. With a week left in a large space, we were eager to finish before time ran out. It was clear after working on the cockpit cover that doing canvas work of this size would be incredibly difficult on the boat.
After some research, we measured the boom and mast ordered a sail cover kit from Sailrite. This included a 5'x21' roll of blue Sunbrella with a cutting pattern already drawn on it.
|Excited to start this project.
|Cutting the Sunbrella with the hot knife.
|This would have been really hard to do on the boat.
We started on Saturday morning and had the bulk of the sewing done by the end of Sunday. The last stage of building the sail cover required hauling it down to the boat and checking the fit. We still needed to cut off the aft end, add a draw cord, and determine where to place the common sense fasteners along the bottom edge. The old cover had fasteners that were difficult to reach with the cockpit cover in place, and we hoped to improve access in the new cover.
|Checking the fit before finishing the ends. Note those nice clear cockpit windows!
|Adding the fasteners on the dock.