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Re: Sail Cover Material

If your going to DIY a new sail cover, buy some high quality UV resistant thread. You'll probably get 20 years out of the sail cover that way. I did a double layer up near the mast portion of the cover and then a second layer at the end of the boom, seems these are the high wear areas.
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I concur with most of what has been said with a couple additional side notes.
-I typically have my sail covers cut with perhaps 3-4 extra inches on the skirt so that there is better ventilation for those days when you have not choice but to ride hard and put it away wet.
-I typically have a patch of the mesh used for trampolines on multihulls stitched into the inside of the sail cover at the top of the 'boot' so the headboard does not chafe through the sail cover cloth.
-I typically have a flap stitched between the zipper and the mast so the mast and zipper do not abrade against each other, and a second flap that velcro's over the zipper so that the zipper does not UV degrade. (I used to need to replace the zippers every 3 years or so.)
-The sail cover minimally needs to be 4-6 inches short of the length of your boom so you have room to stretch it tight so it sheds rain.
- I like to have a seam that runs the length of the top of the sail cover where the majority of stress occurs.

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That's how the sail cover was made for my boat. Whoever made it was a pro. All good points, especially the mesh underside of the boot to absorb abrasion. I don't have an exterior flap over the zipper. Just ripped out the degraded zipper yesterday, waiting for one to come in the mail to replace it:-)
Another handy feature is a Velcro lined heavy canvas wrap at the top of the boot so you can quickly get it set and tied around the mast. It makes it easier to secure when the wind is blowing hard and you need three hands to stop the whole thing from blowing over the side.
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Re: Sail Cover Material

There are several sources for making sail covers.

Here is a link to Sailrite videos:

Sail Cover Kit for 13' Boom - Made With Sunbrella Fabric

All of the following books have instructions:

The Complete Canvasworker's Guide by Jim Grant (Sailrite book)
Canvaswork & Sail Repair by Don Casey
The Big Book of Boat Canvas by Karen S. Lipe
Practical Boat Canvas Work by Lisa Carr
Canvas for Cruisers, The Complete Guide by Julie Gifford
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Re: Sail Cover Material

Even if you aren't so fond of that (solid) bright blue color you see so often, (and I'm not) there is a reason for using it.
All the colors/dyes used with the acrylic fabric provide different resistance to UV degradation. That color is the best. I've made quite a number of sail covers. the blue one I have is probably 20 years old. It has been re-stitched at least 4 times.
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Yeah I have an industrial sewing machine I've sewed leather and fake fur with so I think it should be able to handle some heavy canvas.
Now that would be different, fake fur!

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Re: Sail Cover Material

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If your going to DIY a new sail cover, buy some high quality UV resistant thread. You'll probably get 20 years out of the sail cover that way. I did a double layer up near the mast portion of the cover and then a second layer at the end of the boom, seems these are the high wear areas.
I second the UV resistant thread. Also, as it's unlikely you can heat cut it as previously mentioned, you could potentially use a serger on the edge to prevent it from unraveling. You'd need some heavy duty needles though.

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