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Sunbrella – Grade A

Marine canvas use isn't all the same.  So when you are looking at prices online be sure you are looking at the same fabric before you decide you have the best deal.  You also want the right fabric for the right job for the best performance and durability with exposure to the sun, wind and rain.  Most of us sailors use Sunbrella because, well,  it just works.  It is tough enough for our marine environment, but offers a variety of color and style choices.  It is fairly forgiving and easy to sew.  While there are other outdoor fabric brands to consider, we'll save that comparison for a future post. Here are some points to consider regarding the grades of Sunbrella most likely to be used aboard: Sunbrella Marine grade - This is Read more [...]

Cool in the Shade? Awnings!

It was our sailing club's 30th anniversary party this weekend in Annapolis. Happy Birthday Pentagon Sailing Club! So we had a land and sea cruise with a big bash. Some folks went on for a week on the Chesapeake Bay. We had iffy weather, but somehow the rain squalls came at times that didn't interrupt the partying or time on the water. While we were at Port Annapolis Marina (very nice), we took our dinghies around Back Creek. Lovely homes, lovely boats. So my husband says let's dinghy over to look at this beautiful red yacht. OK, I love red boats. I've thought so ever since we saw one in BVI with the most handsome crew of men in blue shorts and crisp white polos but I digress further. What does this have to do with sewing for boats? The reason Read more [...]