Sail boat covers
I own a Lido 14 and have decided to keep it dry docked at the yacht club. I would like to get a cover which will extend to the boat's water line, w/ mast and boom up and in place. I want a cover which will protect from sun damage, that breathes, that is waterproof and is durable. Can anyone give me any pointers about how to choose (polyester vs. lucite; dark vs. light color) etc.? Also, could you recommend where to purchase?
Look up the Sailors Tailor. I've bought covers for my Flying Scot from them and they do good work. According to their website they have a couple types for you. Somewhere in there is a document telling you how to choose the right material for your needs.
Re: Sail boat covers
This chart from sailrite.com might help.
As for color, some folks claim that dark fabrics are more mildew resistance than lighter colored fabrics. I think it might be that mildew is less visible on darker fabrics.
Re: Sail boat covers
I just recalled that the December 2011 issue of Practical Sailor had a five-page article -- Functional Fabrics: Sunbrella and WeatherMax face off in a long-term test. Both are recommended. The sewability of Sunbrella was rated higher that that of WeatherMax.
Briefly, Practical Sailor reviewed three marine fabrics:
Sunbrella (6001): $18.25 per yard / 10 year warranty; sew ability: excellent
Sunbrella Plus (8401): $23.40 per yard / 10 year warranty; sew ability: good
WeatherMax 80: $14.50 per yard / 5 year warranty; sew ability: fair
Half-dozen unnamed canvas shop “pros” were asked why Sunbrella was favored and reportedly “Handle-ability is a big consideration, and many find Sunbrella more user friendly. The material’s texture is sewing-machine friendly, and with an industrial walking foot or a conventional-feed machine, there’s no seam puckering or slippage.”
Tests included breaking strength, ability to shed water, pressure permeability, flogging and chafe testing.
Mechanical properties slightly favored WeatherMax.
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