Squirt Boat Cover

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JimmY
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Squirt Boat Cover

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Hi All,

I've been using a "one size fits most" boat cover to protect my Squirt while it is on the lift at the lake. Last year, some of the clear started to fail where the cover didn't cover the side on the southern side of the boat. So, I've taken it on to sew a custom cover to better protect it while it is not in use.

Another similar boat on the lake had a custom cover, and it was made locally and cost ~$500. I've purchased all of the materials from sailrite.com for about $250 and watched several of their how-to videos on patterning and sewing boat covers. The PWC cover video was the most similar to what I plan on doing and the snap on boat cover video has a lot of additional information and techniques. The new cover will have a single support pole with a vented top and will bridge to the outboard and bow to keep the cover off the deck as much as possible. The sides will fully cover the sides of the boat, so UV damage should be minimal.

I'm using my wife's Viking sewing machine (she hasn't made a quilt in a while), and a sharp leather needle. It has not had any issues going through 4+ layers of marine grade canvass (Top Notch 9).

I started by using strapping tape to layout the seams and outline of the covering panels.
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-Jim
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JimmY
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Re: Squirt Boat Cover

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Next, I used double sided tape (sailrite basting tape) and plastic drop cloth to make templates for each panel. Sailrite sells a reinforced template material and I forgot to order it. It is only $28 for 10 yards and I would recommend using that, but the plastic sheet worked pretty well. It can stretch a bit, and I had to make some modifications because of it.
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The boat is symmetrical, so I only made templates for one side and will make 2 of everything.

The best advise I can give here is to not make it too tight.
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-Jim
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JimmY
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Re: Squirt Boat Cover

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Next, cut out all of the pieces making sure to allow for seams and get to sewing...
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And try it on for size...
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I had an issue with the covering being a bit tight around the motor, so I needed to remake that panel. Next up is to sew a hem around the entire cover for a draw string of bungee cord. Finally, I'll add a few hold down straps to tie it down to the boat lift.
-Jim
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Roberta
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Re: Squirt Boat Cover

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Good job.

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Re: Squirt Boat Cover

Post by TomB »

Looks good Jim. I have a similar project in my future. I'm also going to add holes with flap/velcro covers at the cleats, lights and lifting eyes.

For next time, Dura Skrim is probably available where you are. It is used under concrete slabs and for weather enclosures (masons love the stuff). There used to be a mason supply store between Brighton and Howell that carried it.

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JimmY
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Re: Squirt Boat Cover

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Thanks Tom & Roberta.

Dura Skrim is what sailrite sells for pattern material and I think it would be more stable than the plastic sheet.

I made a little more progress today after work....

The cover was a little tight lengthwise, so I recut the rear panel and added two darts to wrap around the the "tail fins" on my outboard. This gave me a little more length that I needed. I also added a 1" webbing strap under the cover that wraps under the fins and takes the load off of the seams.
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I also got some help working on it...
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-Jim
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JimmY
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Re: Squirt Boat Cover

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Next I added a hem around the entire cover for a line. I think this will be replaced with a bungee cord for convenience. Finally I added several anti chafe pads at the corners and over the throttle handle.
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One more evening to add the hold down straps, and it should be ready for the lake.

So far it has been a pretty straight forward project. The sailrite videos are very detailed and helpful, and at least for this canvas material a standard sewing machine is all that is needed.
-Jim
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Re: Squirt Boat Cover

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Quick follow up...

The new boat cover is working out great. It is easy to put on and take off. It has been through a couple of heavy thunder storms and has not moved an inch, where lawn furniture was getting tossed around. I think the key is that the edge are tucked under the edge of the boat and it is difficult for wind to get under it. The fabric is very water repellant and the boat is bone dry every time I take it out.
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