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Snaps pulling through on sailcover

What do I need to fix the snaps pulling g through my sailcover on my mainsail? It is sunbrella material and the snaps that are pulling through look like this.

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Re: Snaps pulling through on sailcover

Roll your sail tighter? (Seriously, we had this problem for a while until we figured out how to roll our sail.)
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Re: Snaps pulling through on sailcover

You need to reinforce the sail cover so that the snaps don't pull through, then install replacement snaps. I had a couple pull through on the rail covers, and simply installed a 2 inch square of sunbrella material to strengthen those spots.

You will need a powerful sewing machine, sunbrella material and thread, a crimp tool for the snaps (sold by sailrite), and the snaps of course.

At that point you might find it simpler to find a canvas maker and get them to fix it.

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Re: Snaps pulling through on sailcover

Bill, do you have a backing plate ("clinch plate") on those twist-lock (Common Sense) fasteners? That helps distribute the force. You can see how it's done in the picture here:
Common Sense or Twist Lock Fastener - Cloth-to-Cloth - Complete Unit

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Re: Snaps pulling through on sailcover

I back snaps and grommets with 30 gauge clear vinyl.

Regalite 30 Gauge Vinyl Window Material 29" x 68" Clear
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Re: Snaps pulling through on sailcover

Sometimes I think I'm the master of overkill - I had these fail on my awning enclosure - I sewed leather patches onto the canvas and re-installed the snaps into the leather. I suspect they're there for a while.
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Re: Snaps pulling through on sailcover

I made this repair with a scrap of a sample of material I got online (I think it cost $.99). Show off your work in contrasting colors!

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