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Covering the sail.

In trying to keep expenses down, I want to make my own sail cover.

I was thinking of using a plastic tarp/bungee/velcro approach. Any problems with this?

Do you have any DIY approches to covering your main or jib?

THis is my first post! Thanks for your help.
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Can't remember who makes them, but I remember seeing at a Strictly Sail Show, a manufacturer of Kits for making sails and sail covers. This would cut down on the expense. Don't recommend the tarp idea.
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Don't know if this is a breech of forum rules, but I've been ordering sail related stuff from www.SailRite.com . They carry everything a DIYer needs for sewing/repairing your own gear & accessories from sails to covers. I recently designed & made a sun awning for my aft deck helm/cockpit from Sunbrella fabric purchased from them - came out great. I also repaired my ketch's covers using their zippers and snaps and replaced some curtain slugs and slides using their inventory.

Here are some kits for making your own cover - http://secure.sailrite.com/items.asp...atus=0&Tp=&Bc=

Of course, you will need a heavy duty sewing machine . . . I was ahead of the game with ours.
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Not only is SailRite a great source, they are also great people to work with. Also, remember, the main purpose of the sailcover is to protect from UV rays.
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However, if you have the old cover, and you're crafty, you already have the template for the new replacement. Just replicate all the parts, like fabric, zippers, snaps, seam reinforcement and ties. You can pick up a brass grommet kit at the local hardware store for not much money as well.
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Nix on the tarp idea - it would look shabby and you'd be replacing every season at least. The DIY kits should be no problem, if you know a seamstress with a decent sewing machine it's not a difficult project.
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Sailrite.com is definitely the way to go. Their prices are pretty reasonable and the kits are pretty simple to assemble. Better yet, they come with all the bits and pieces and fairly clear directions to make assembling them a piece of cake.
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You can probably find a decent replacement sail cover for your boat on eBay. My guess is that the price would be comparable to buying the material, zippers, snaps, etc., and of course, the time spent to make one yourself. A mainsail cover made from a plastic tarp held together with bungee is going to give you and your boat a name (.e., "Joe Sh*t, the rag man") you probably don't deserve and will not appreciate...
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The cheap plastic tarps you buy at Walmart will disintegrate before a season is out. It wouldn't be worth the time trying to customize it with velcro and snaps since it will just disintegrate. Go with Sunbrella.
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