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Re: Wrapping a Steering Wheel

That's actually so useful, Alex!
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Re: Wrapping a Steering Wheel

I broke down over the winter and bought the suede kits from Boat Leather to wrap our helm wheels. It will be a good use of a couple of days, when I have nothing else to do.

They are very pricey kits. I spent over $500 for the materials to cover two 40" wheels and I still have to stitch them on.

I decided to order the short spoke covers too, as my current leather wheel cover has them, so I add 2 to the order at $15 a piece. I thought I was ordering two kits (they are nothing but 1x5 piece of material), instead I received covers for 2 spokes (they did through in a 3rd as a spare). But, I have 16 spokes between the two wheels! I'm sort of stuck now and have to drop another $200 to get the rest of the spoke covers.

When these things go on (which will take the remainder of this season, at best. ) I hope they make the margaritas go down better.


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Re: Wrapping a Steering Wheel

We want to redo our coachwhipping after seven years of use with us on the boat full-time. My wife organized the project although I helped (yes, there are blisters). Interestingly she used a knot pattern that she had learned as a child in Beijing. Turns out it is the same pattern found in the knot work books in the west. We also covered the grab rail on the back of the dodger. The need became obvious one day when I was coming off the deck into the cockpit. As usual I grabbed the rail but this time just as the boat lucked on a wave. I slid across the cockpit and could have been injured if I had not been able to hold on to the rail as I slid across the cockpit. With a covered rail the grip is terrific.

After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.
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