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ratchet strap covers cannot be used on
the water unless you can access the boat
from the sides or the back.
Photo 4
Fitting the cover using a fabric welded blank Instead of patterning material saves time,
minimizes adjustments and helps achieve a more tailored fi t. Inset: A fabric blank after
being removed from the boat, ready to begin sewing.
Fabrication tips
No matter what type of travel cover
you are manufacturing, there are
three essential factors to consider
in order to create the best cover
possible: type of material, close
tailoring and proper reinforcing.
Failing to carefully consider any of
these can result in a travel cover that
doesn't properly perform its job.
Choosing the correct fabric is the
fi rst consideration. The material must
be durable enough to withstand highway
speeds, not tear and stand up to road
debris. At Canvasworks, we use Top
Notch®
from Marlen Textiles for most
Photo 5
Stapling the cover to fi t the boat and
then trimming the fabric while it is still on
the boat ensures a closer fi t.
Photo 6
A poorly reinforced travel cover like this
will not withstand the rigors of road travel.
Photo 7
Pay special attention to reinforcing the
trolling motor, bow, windshield and the
back 18 inches of the boat.
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Photo 8
Reinforce areas where the cover is more
likely to experience wear, extra tension and
around protrusions.
of our travel covers. It is an 11.5-ounce
solution-dyed polyester that is much
tougher than other fabrics. However,
any material with a high tear strength,
abrasion resistance and the ability to
withstand the sun can be used for a
travel cover. Avoid cheap and lightweight
fabrics that will not stand up to road use.
When you're fi tting the cover to
the boat, it is essential to tailor it as
closely as possible to the boat's lines.
One of the key points to remember is to
remove as much excess fabric from the
cover as possible. Fabricators commonly
use a patterning material when fi tting a
boat for a cover. At our shop, we use a
fabric welded blank instead (Photo 4).
Doing so saves time and removes the
inevitable minute changes that occur
when a patterning material is laid over
a fabric blank and then cut. In addition,
fi tting with the actual fabric allows you
to see how the fabric lies over the boat,
which will help you achieve a more
tailored fi t.
Once the blank has been laid over the
boat and the fi tting mechanism, the blank
is tailored to the boat using a stapler
and scissors (Photo 5). Before removing

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