Re: Cordage wrap on helm wheel
I used the suede, Minne. Of course, here in Ohio most of our UV exposure comes from medical procedures and neon lights, but it looks like new after 5 years. I do cover it with a pedestal cover when I'm not on the boat and I remove the wheel when it's on the hard.
I bought from boatleather.com on special at the Annapolis show and it was considerably cheaper than Edson. Perfect fit and I think it's thicker leather. I bought the foam padded one, which is much envied at my marina and has a great feel. I made one change to the installation instructions: about every 6-8" I tied off the stitching so if it broke somewhere I wouldn't have to redo the whole wheel.
1977 C&C 30 Mk 1 hailing from Port Clinton, Ohio