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Re: Wrapping a Steering Wheel

I took a week long cruise years ago on a Maine schooner (Stephen Taber), and a lot of their handles, brooms, brushes, etc...were wrapped in Seine twine. That stuff is tough. Zero stretch. Good to wear gloves, and comes in many colors. I think you can get the black coated in something.
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Re: Wrapping a Steering Wheel

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I took a week long cruise years ago on a Maine schooner (Stephen Taber), and a lot of their handles, brooms, brushes, etc...were wrapped in Seine twine. That stuff is tough. Zero stretch. Good to wear gloves, and comes in many colors. I think you can get the black coated in something.
The black stuff looks cool, but it's tarred and I don't think I want it on my boat.

You bring up a good point: I've wrapped many hand holds in addition to the wheel. Not all of them--some you like to slide your hand along--but certain ones, mostly in the cabin, where the stainless was too slick. Big improvement.
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Re: Wrapping a Steering Wheel

I did my wheel seven years ago with an unpadded cover from Boat Leather. Even with a jig to hold the wheel it took me seven hours. The results were well worth the effort, it still looks and feels great. I do have a Sunbrella cover for the helm and the wheel lives below when hauled.
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Re: Wrapping a Steering Wheel

I finished coachwhipping mine last week. Something I have wanted to do for a while now. For a first attempt at tying fancy knots, I think it turned out pretty good.





You can read about the process on Chameleon's site: Coachwhipping the Wheel - SVChameleon
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