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04-05-2013 06:04 PM
Brent Swain
Re: Jerry can & fender covers material?

Dont over fill black jerry cans and you wont have a problem. Plant growth also needs sunlight, so a black jerry can eliminates growth in the water.
04-05-2013 03:26 PM
Re: Jerry can & fender covers material?

Second the Boat Blanket choice for fender covers. Tough but soft on your gel coat. Sunbrella would be too abrasive for fender covers.
Boat Blanket material is sort of like the fuzzy half of velcro and will stick to the hook side of velcro. you sew a strip of the hook on the edge of the blanket material and it will velcro to itself when you wrap it around the fender. Working well for us for 3 years so far

As for dark jerry cans, we have issues with heat build up causing overflow on the red jugs. Our covers are oyster sunbrella and that works to keep them cool in the sun. However we're getting black spots on the sunbrella, maybe bits of mold? in the sun? Not sure, but they do work as covers. Will be addressing the spots soon...
04-04-2013 09:59 PM
Brent Swain
Re: Jerry can & fender covers material?

I have painted Jerry cans black to keep the UV out. It chips off but makes them last much longer. I have found black gerry cans made by Sceptre, almost immune from UV.
04-03-2013 09:02 PM
Re: Jerry can & fender covers material?

Go to the Sailrite website. They have all the materials and also tons of (mostly free) instructional videos that you'll find very helpful in getting you started on many different kinds of sewing projects. Over the last few years I have made a ton of stuff for my boat, including storm sails, bimini, cushions, sail covers etc. from their kits and materials. They have a good material for doing very strong fender covers that I have used.
04-03-2013 08:14 PM
Re: Jerry can & fender covers material?

Originally Posted by Magnolia View Post
Jon - same question, who has the Stamoid? Easier sewing is the way to go!
Sailrite carries it, for one... it's not all that 'exotic', though it is a bit more expensive than Sunbrella...

One word of caution, I'd recommend anyone considering using it obtain a swatch of the material, or otherwise inspect some, before ordering it... It is a vinyl, much different from Sunbrella, and has a sort of shiny look that some folks might equate with "chintzy" in some applications... I happen to like the look, and one certainly sees it on many high-end yachts today, but some may still prefer the more canvas-like look of Sunbrella...

I'd suggest going with the double-sided heavier weight of Stamoid, becaust the fabric is waterproof and doesn't really 'breathe', I've seen mildew develop on the underside of the lighter fabric (although that was many years ago when the product was first introduced, and I think that's no longer an issue, anyway)

Stamoid isn't also offered in nearly as wide array of colors as Sunbrella, so that could be an issue for those set on a particular hue...

Finally, it does take a bit of getting used to sewing it, primarily because it's so 'slippery'... I think the use of basting tape is a must, to keep a fold or different pieces sliding on each other... Once you get the hang of it, however (something that will come very quickly, no big deal) I think most anyone will find it far easier to work with than Sunbrella...
04-03-2013 05:59 PM
Re: Jerry can & fender covers material?


UV is nasty, it is hard on everything.

Lashing a 2X4 to the stanchions and then lashing jerry cans to the 2x4 and toe rail does work; I do that when bringing Turicum (40 gallon tank) back from Maui (5 a side). Tying to lifelines is a very bad plan. I do not cover the jerry cans, but I think they would be more secure it they are covered AFTER being lashed. BTW - we cut up a cheap garden hose for anti-chafe.

Fender covers do help in keeping grime off the hull, but they should not be tied to lifelines. Go around the base of the stanchion.
04-03-2013 05:47 PM
Re: Jerry can & fender covers material?

In keeping with the original question in this thread, does anyone have a pattern for jerry can covers? Or photos and examples of what they did? I am also looking for a pattern for dinghy chaps.

Jack, I cannot answer for Magnolia, but for us, we are taking our C34 down to Mexico in 2015. I’ve been told that over time, the sun down there is very harsh on plastic/rubber/hypalong. Our boat has a pretty small fuel tank and the distances between fuel stops is great coupled with inconsistent winds means a fair amount of motoring. My plan is to strap a pair of jerry cans to my Stb lifelines at approximately midships. I’ve been thinking that I might strap them to a fender board and clamp that to my stanchions for better support and stability.
04-03-2013 05:07 PM
Re: Jerry can & fender covers material?

Just splatter them in oil and grease. Then you will never need covers.
04-03-2013 04:32 PM
Re: Jerry can & fender covers material?

Fender covers? um What? OK, what do you cover your fender covers with, "fender cover covers"?
04-03-2013 03:17 PM
Re: Jerry can & fender covers material?

Originally Posted by Magnolia View Post

I'll be attaching these to my lifelines.
Thnx for your help!
Good discussion of materials. But I am curious about how / why you intend to attach them to lifelines?
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