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Hello,

Am in the process of ordering a new sail cover for my 33'' sloop. Has anyone have something good to say about their covers and where they purchased them? Any special features I should be aware of? Any help would be appreciated.

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Mine was built as part of a custom canvas package. I think a custom fit is worth the money. You''ll get good seals and fewer leaks.

Make sure you order Gortex thread as anything else won''t last as long as the fabric. UV treated thread looks nice but it won''t last very long. That would include the Sunbrella thread that color macthes the fabric. This thread is not sufficient. I had to have all my canvas restitched. The thread did not take as much UV as the fabric could.

It actually was made before the Gortex thread was available so it''s not that hard to understand. You would expect to pay just a little bit more for better thread, but a restich job is usually about 10% of the total new purchase price. You''ll get an extra 3 years or more from the cover with better thread.

A custom measure will make sure all the distances fit your exact sail, mast and boom. Call any reputable canvas person in your local area. They should come out and do a measurement.
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