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Its time to replace my bimini, dodger, sailcovers and a few other assorted canvas-type items this winter, and I''m considering doing it myself.

I''m looking for the names/phone numbers/URLs of suppliers of fabric. I think I''ll use a treated canvas, probably 10 oz. or 12 oz. perhaps.

Thoughts?
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I''m not sure of Sunbrella is the only fabric being used for those items, but certainly it is a very widely used solution. See:
http://www.sunbrella.com/usa/consumer_marine.shtml

See FAQS for finding a distributor.

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You might try www.defender.com / while they can lack in customer service I find their prices to be the best and they offer quantity discounts.
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Try www.sailrite.com they''d have just about everything you''ll be looking for
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I would nOt use treated canvas. You really want to get a good marine fabric. All your work will turn to trash from the UV. Also suggest you use GorTex thread it won''t rot in the UV.

I just spent a lot of money re-stitching all my canvas as it was done with Sunbrella thread. It''s only treated for UV and won''t last as long as even sunbrella fabric. Gortex thread was not available 6 years ago but is now. For me the canvas was in Ok shape after 6 years but all the thread was shot. I would expect here to get 8 years from a good stitched marine canvas. With ordinary thread you''ll be lucky to get a few years before all the seams start coming apart.

Doing it yourself is fine but it pays to use first class materials. If you can sew well enough then there is no reason you can''t make first class canvas stuff.
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Hi every one
Iam new to the group and not even certain
that I have the right section.
I just bought a 28'' Islander sail boat,
and looking for stats and specs for it.
I dont have a mast for it can anyone help
me out on the size I need have he boom,
and main sail. Also any specs on her would
be appricated to going to refit her this
winter. Thanks Cobra
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Entert "Islander 28 specifications" into www.google.com and follow your nose.


You should get on the Islander email list ahd chat up the other owners. If you can find another 28 near you, you can go by and measure things like mast length which may not be in the specs. Otherwise I''m sure an owner would .

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Entert "Islander 28 specifications" into www.google.com and follow your nose.


You should get on the Islander email list ahd chat up the other owners. If you can find another 28 near you, you can go by and measure things like mast length which may not be in the specs. Otherwise I''m sure an owner would .

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Sunbrella seems most popular for marine fabric (www.sunbrella.com).

If you''re not an experienced seamstress you might think twice about your ability to get a good result - good canvas work takes skill and the fabric is pretty expensive. I wouldn''t assume that you can safely work off your old stuff - two sailmakers insisted on measuring the boat for a new bimini, saying they old could not safely used as a pattern. Still beats me, but that''s what they said...

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Sunbrella fabric is the fabric of choice for marine canvas work. Sunbrella material will standup to the sun/UV for at least 10 years which far exceeds any other material available for a comparable price.

As mentioned earlier,the thread used to stitch the material together will fail before the fabric will. In that regard, bonded polyester thread size V-92 will far outlast any other thread except for the Gore tex Tenara thread.

Typically, in Southern California, polyester thread will require re-stitching in about 7 years. This isn''t that big of a job in reality. If you have enough skill to do the sewing to create the article initially, re-sewing the seams is really quite easy.

When the thread requires re-stitching, only the thread exposed to the sun is affected. Most seams have an additional stitch that is actually hidden from the sun. It is usually still in good condition and will hold the seam together until the exposed thread can be re-stitched.

Gore tex thread was recommended earlier as it will not rot in the sun which is correct. However it is considerably more expensive than the standard polyester bonded thread. 1850 yds of Gore tex thread costs $150....as opposed to about $20 for the same quantity of polyester thread. I''m willing to do a lot of re-stitching for the difference!
You should read a couple of books on the subject of canvas work before getting into the actual work. You will find it time well spent.
Suggest you read The Complete Canvas Workers Guide by Jim Grant, and/or Canvas Work & Sail Repair by Don Casey.

Hope this helps,

Jim
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