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No working in the rain
Kees runs a one-person shop just north
of Albany, N.Y. He can get smaller craft
(under 30 feet) inside his shop to work
on and will do larger boats outside
( " although I don't work in the rain " ).
Kees will also go to a marina and work
on covers.
Unlike some fabricators, Kees doesn't
work much with vents in larger enclosures.
" While I put vents in smaller covers,
I really don't put them in large enclosures
at all, " he says. " I would only put
a vent in if it was a cover for the winter,
and most people shrink-wrap them. I've
only had one request for a marine canvas
winter cover that I can recall.
" With a larger enclosure, I try not to
seal it up tight, " says Kees. " There are
always little air leaks, and there should
be. One thing I point out to people is
that they should have a window with a
U-zipper in order to allow moisture to
escape. If you don't allow that, mold
and bacteria will build up. If they don't
have that, the next thing I usually suggest
is they buy an oscillating fan. "
Kees is reluctant to give his opinion
on how long a boat cover should
last. " I can't answer that, " he says. " It
all depends on the customer. I've seen
covers last six to eight years, and I have
repaired covers that have lasted 18 or 19
years. It's all in how they treat it. "
Jeff Moravec is a freelance writer based in
Brooklyn Park, Minn.
For more tips about how to
create quality boat covers,
see the Exterior column
" Award-winning travel
covers " in the July/August
2022 issue or view it online
at marinefabricatormag.
com/2022/07/01/awardwinning-travel-covers.
For
more information, visit:
marinefabricatormag.com
Search " boat covers "
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