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I'm also quite sure that Donna's comment was simply to say that more men post on hersailnet than women in general terms. I'm sure it wasn't directed at your post or what you said.
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Ditto.

And I find it mildly offensive that constructive feedback isn't welcome without regard to gender.
You're reading way more in to what I said. That isn't what I was thinking at all and I'm sorry if that's how you interpreted it. There really wasn't anything hidden in between the words I typed.
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Re: Wrapping a Steering Wheel

After several failures of the thin leather covers you can buy and apply, a friend and I each had an old leather coat we no longer used. I cut inch wide strips and glued them together end to end with Gorilla Glue and wound the strip around the wheel...gluing the end as well. Thick leather steering wheel that really feels good and has been on for over 5 years...and I don't have a dodger, and my 37 foot boat stays in the water year round.

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Does anyone ever notice ? I usually just do a "NewPosts - All New Posts"and comment in threads that somehow are of interest to me. I confess I didn't even notice this was in "HerSailNet".
I agree, though I didn't see anything offensive in DR Ferron's remarks. I saw it simply as a commentary and not a complaint: witness the smiley face she placed in the post.

There have been times when I've responded to something then thought that my post might not be welcome, so I didn't put it in. On the other hand, I've posted a few times when I felt I could contribute to the conversation, like a post I made long ago about life vests for women after I purchased a specific model for my wife.

For this thread, I just think the wrappings are too cool not to comment on. Great job all!
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After several failures of the thin leather covers you can buy and apply, a friend and I each had an old leather coat we no longer used. I cut inch wide strips and glued them together end to end with Gorilla Glue and wound the strip around the wheel...gluing the end as well. Thick leather steering wheel that really feels good and has been on for over 5 years...and I don't have a dodger, and my 37 foot boat stays in the water year round.

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Re: Wrapping a Steering Wheel

I sailed on a friend's boat last weekend which did have a rougher cord used to wrap the wheel. It probably made the wrapping take one third of the time, but made the wheel a lot less comfortable to use without gloves.

If you do this use a small diameter cord with a soft and comfortable casing. Don't use something rough like paracord.
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Re: Wrapping a Steering Wheel

I suppose you could use bicycle handle wrap
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Re: Wrapping a Steering Wheel

They make kits of padded synthetic suede material that you just stitch on. It's on my wish list.

The first thing on my wish list is to finish my to-do list, so I can get to my wish list.
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Re: Wrapping a Steering Wheel

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I suppose you could use bicycle handle wrap
I debated suggesting that myself...The difficulty is that you would have to use multiple wraps. (A ship's wheel is much larger than half a handlebar.) I was able to find a bulk/continuous tape, but it was not cheap ~$150.
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Re: Wrapping a Steering Wheel

Just start and stop at each spoke on the wheel, then put a decorative knot over those junctions.

I would probably use the older style sticky backed cloth tape than modern foam tape. The modern foam (sometimes misleadingly sold as cork) tape isn't as durable and might only last a few years. At $10-$15 for a bicycle handlebars worth you are probably looking at $50-$100 to cover an average sized wheel, and that could get expensive over the years.

Overall it is a good idea and one that I might try when the whipping on my wheel wears out (or gets too grungy to be happy with).
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