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If you are talking mostly about the covers for the mainsail, winch, BBQ, etc, (as opposed to the dodger or bimini), have you tried simply reversing the covers.





I did that with the mainsail cover (it was just as faded as the dodger in the pic). Reversed, it looks great except for the more visible stitching.

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I think that looks great Mark and is a cool idea. My G/F on the other hand would not be happy unless everything was the same colour! There are covers on everything wheel, winches you name it. These minor items can be home made as replacements but the boat also has a fully zipped Genoa cover which is a more complicated affair/can't be reversed as far as I know (will check though, thanks) and costs $650 to replace according to the sailmaker. The boom cover is substantially less but is still in excellent condition apart from the UV fading as are the others.
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Tubs,

Your other consideration is do you really need all these covers? Waymar (our Jeanneau) is 1983 vintage and never had winch covers as far as I know. (We sail out of Kingston, Ontario so that means 5-6 months a year and no salt water spray and no dust storms.) Winches work just fine.

If you really want to keep the covers ( including the genoa cover), you can also ask the sailmaker to reverse the zippers/fasteners etc.

If the sailmaker is still asking too much, you can also shop around to someone who has a heavyduty sewing machine. (e.g. furniture upholsterer or shoe/leather repair).

Of course this does not work for the dodger...

Good luck. I also agonise over what is nonetheless perfectly serviceable and yet does not meet the better half's standards for esthetic.

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Thanks Mark, I inherited the covers and thought that they were a good idea. The Boat is in salt water all the time and the winches are like new under the covers. to be honest, the winch covers etc are easily re-makeable. I like your idea about gettin the sailmaker to reverse the Genoa cover. I'll try that idea thanks.
Nigel.
PS Love the pic of your Boat. Looks superb
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Sunbrella is acrylic - which as others have told you, will not dye well... unless you have access to commercial dyeing facilities which can do it. You might be able to talk to a smaller fabric jobber to see if there is anyone in your area who will do it. The chemistry of the dye needs to be compatible with acrylics, and the heat required to set it is relatively high.

Don't have any knowledge of things across the pond, but here in Canada, the dyers are frequently referred to as "fabric converters" as well as dye houses.
It costs about $400.00 a vat to do here...and if you doing a small run, then you have to wait for a down time - the business tends to be very seasonal, so it's not unusual for the plants to slow down.

Otherwise - there is a paint made by Crylon that is designed to bond with plastic - they advertise it here as being ideal for cheap garden furniture - apparently very flexible. Buy a small can and try it on a scrap or hidden piece before you spray everything.

If you choose to use fabric paint, make sure that you get one made for acrylic fabrics, and plan on thinning it and applying many, many coats. Because your fabric has been worn and the finishing has worn off unevenly, the first few coats need to be applied as a primer/base coat. Otherwise you are going to end up with a tie-dyed look.

Something else to think about - if you or someone you know is handy with a sewing machine, buy some nylon and cover the covers. Take the Sunbrella items off of your boat and lay each section flat on top of a large piece of paper. Trace around it for a pattern, then add an allowance to turn under to get a neat edge. Sew the edges under first, then sew it onto the cover. If you get a little creatvie, you can probably get by with just recovering/reinforcing areas of the covers, and not having to do the whole things....

Also - Check out the "Sailrite" website - they sell kits that can save you a lot of money.

Me - I would sell one of the children or the barter a kidney or something and get new ones...

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Thanks for the tips Sailorman, I'd sell the kids if it wasn't likely to start a sale of goods/trade descriptions issue!

I'm off sailing for a week now (refresher training) which in the UK is likely to be er... cold.

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