Materials, Notions, and Tools
Sailrite (www.Sailrite.com) – One of the best resources for fabrics, sewing machines, tools, and instructions (both written pdfs and you tube videos)
Sailrite Online Forum (http://forum.sailrite.com/) – Invaluable for specific questions. I’ve had Matt Grant respond within hours on the weekend. I can’t find the link on the Sailrite web page. I always go in through this direct link.
Fabric Warehouse (http://shop.fabricwarehouse.com/) – Outdoor fabrics
CSC Textiles (http://www.csctextiles.com)
Great Lakes Fabrics (http://glfi.com/)
Outdoor Fabrics (http://www.outdoorfabrics.com/)
Sailmaker’s Supply (http://www.sailmakerssupply.com/) There are clever tips and customer projects featured.
Seattle Fabrics (http://www.seattlefabrics.com/) – Another great source of materials and information.
Outside Fabric (http://www.outsidefabric.com)
Beacon Fabric (http://www.beaconfabric.com/vindex.html?cat139.htm)
Rockywoods Outdoor Fabrics (http://www.rockywoods.com/) – Nice selection of heavy duty and nylon fabrics.
Perfect Fit (http://www.perfectfit.com/) – Marine and upholstery supplies
Gary’s Upholstery (http://www.garysupholstery.com)
Online Fabric Store (http://www.onlinefabricstore.net)
Decorative Fabrics (http://www.decorativefabricsdirect.com) – This is where we ordered Robert Allen outdoor fabrics for our interior update. Julie also recommends!
Bacon Sails & Marine Supplies (http://www.baconsails.com/ ) – 116 Legion Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401, 410-263-4880, Store Hours: Monday thru Friday 9:30 am to 5:30 pm ET, Saturday 9am to 2pm ET, in season. If you are near Annapolis and you haven’t been to Bacon, you may have to turn in your sailing card. It is a consignment store with a bit of everything used and new — including Sunbrella on the bolt at a fair price. They have some notions and sailmaking tools also. I found some sewing books there once, too.
Other Consignments Shops – One way to save money is shop marine consignment stores for used equipment and material. You can even try to sell an item you aren’t using anymore. But marine consignment stores aren’t just around the corner. You may have to watch for them on your travels. Some have deals online which can be an option for savings. Good Old Boat magazine offers a comprehensive list of consignment shops: http://www.goodoldboat.com/resources_for_sailors/consignment_stores.php
Industrial Webbing Corp (http://www.industrialwebbing.com/Index.html)
Poptronics House of Foam (http://www.house-of-foam.com/) – In the Baltimore, MD area
Rochford Supply (http://www.rochfordsupply.com/) – Great foam selection at a very good price. You can buy a sample pack to check out density. The samples are of such reasonable size that I ended up just using some of them for the project itself. I should list Rochford in both categories because they do carry a variety of fabrics and marine supplies.
Foam Factory (http://www.foamdistributing.com)
Multihull Trampolines (http://www.multihullnets.com)