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Old 12-10-2009, 10:57 AM   #1
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Anyone have a ballpark idea on new canvas for a 27' Carver? I have the complete frames, but the original canvas is pretty shot. The boat is a little difficult to transport around just for an estimate. Any ideas?
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Honestly, you're probably spinning your wheels here. Since it's an '88, there are no OEM canvas packages that will be available. Call some of your local marine canvas and upholstery sources and have them come to the boat and quote the job. I would anticipate with a quality canvas or Sunbrella that the job would be somewhere in the $3,000 range (top, sides, fwd filler window and aft curtain). Just my 2 cents. Good luck.
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Honestly, you're probably spinning your wheels here. Since it's an '88, there are no OEM canvas packages that will be available. Call some of your local marine canvas and upholstery sources and have them come to the boat and quote the job. I would anticipate with a quality canvas or Sunbrella that the job would be somewhere in the $3,000 range (top, sides, fwd filler window and aft curtain). Just my 2 cents. Good luck.
X2..... That's exactly what I was going to say.
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Honestly, you're probably spinning your wheels here. Since it's an '88, there are no OEM canvas packages that will be available. Call some of your local marine canvas and upholstery sources and have them come to the boat and quote the job. I would anticipate with a quality canvas or Sunbrella that the job would be somewhere in the $3,000 range (top, sides, fwd filler window and aft curtain). Just my 2 cents. Good luck.
Where are you located? If in Seattle, contact Robbin Burns with Puget Sound Canvas. TOP NOTCH! 206-412-6171.
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If in SW Florida, I've used a great source for years...Romano Canvas (Mike) 239-248-1577.
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You might consider that there are a number of different Sunbrella fabrics in the Marine line. Marine Sunbrella is not "Waterproof"--but breaths better. Sunbrella plus is more water proof--enough for most applications. Sunbrella Supreme is also waterproof, and has a flocked backing. Sunbrella SeaMark has a vinly backing which makes it the most waterproof of the Sunbrellas, but less breathable. The premium fabrics may cost more. I have used Sunbrella plus, and find it is a good compromise.

I think that the $2500 to $3500 is a good number, for a quality camper back. But there are lots of options. A good canvas person will meet with you, go over the boat and make suggestions. See what they want to do, and if it makes sense; not just the cheapest job. look at the quality of the clear vinly, if they use Tendra (Gortex) stitching which will last for the life of the fabric, or dacron thread which will have to be resewn after a few years etc...Where are the zippers located? Are there going to be screens plus windows, or just windows? Look at ventiallation in the summer (for example on my Top, I can remove the first pannel for air flow, but the frame is still free standing.
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i just had a total brand new camper top made for my cruisers inc holiday 26, all new stainless frames, two front windows. side and aft windows with screen's, and a repair on a seat $2200 sunbrella with the waterproof backing on top, and sunbrella plus on the sides, also a zipper over the transom door to enter
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