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Old 12-01-2008, 11:26 AM
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I am going to make a cover for my 25 Carolina classic hardtop to keep the diesel soot from the hilo / bird crap off of it in rack and launch storage. it will not be a form fiited cover , more like a tarp to throw over it. I was thinking ripstop nylon. It will be in a storage 'Barn". Is there another material to consider? Tarps are to heavy/stiff to screw with on a regular basis.
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If you can get your hands on an old military parachute, it's great material for what you want and quite possibly a lot cheaper too.
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Rip-stop is light, easy to work with and bundles up tight. Rather do all that sewing though, check out someplace like "Sportsman's Guide" or a surplus catalog. You might find a cargo parachute that's large enough for the job.
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I had just about 2 cargo parachutes from WW2, one would certainly be big enough to cover one boat. I know I have some left, I'll see how big of a piece or pieces I've got......you're welcome to it if I've got enough.
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Garett - 12/1/2008 11:25 PM

I had just about 2 cargo parachutes from WW2, one would certainly be big enough to cover one boat. I know I have some left, I'll see how big of a piece or pieces I've got......you're welcome to it if I've got enough.
I heard about those Scotsmen that parachuted behind enemy lines and were so cheap they kept the chutes after the war.
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I had just about 2 cargo parachutes from WW2, one would certainly be big enough to cover one boat. I know I have some left, I'll see how big of a piece or pieces I've got......you're welcome to it if I've got enough.
I heard about those Scotsmen that parachuted behind enemy lines and were so cheap they kept the chutes after the war.
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The parachute idea is a good one. They are cheap at surplus. Lots of French parachutes unused available. I wonder why

Garret , where are you at? I know you say Scotland, but you know to much about Flint. Which is about 20 miles North of me.

Thanks for the idea's.
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I think that the chute idea is great!!! I've been looking for some cover for my 30 footer. For some reason the place were I store the boat during the week is very dirty/dusty. I clean the boat every weekend and when I go to it next Saturday, it has this dusty residue that gets everywhere...

So I needed something really light to be able to put it up and down every weekend...

I found some places selling surplus chutes, but I was wondering if you guys knew if parachutes are water sealed and if they can be saw with a regular home sewing machine....
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InTheNet - 12/1/2008 8:46 PM

The parachute idea is a good one. They are cheap at surplus. Lots of French parachutes unused available. I wonder why

Garret , where are you at? I know you say Scotland, but you know to much about Flint. Which is about 20 miles North of me.

Thanks for the idea's.
Oh, 20 miles, that's not a long commute at all to your chain of Pawn Shops.
It's to bad I didn't know you could have used the material, I could have dropped it off the other week, the Misses and I went to Frankenmuth.

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emudryj,

Well I know I've sewn the chute material, I've made several light car covers out of it.

I’m no seamstress by any means, so here’s how I cheated.
- I went to the fabric store and bought some fabric glue and a roll of ½" banding/ heavy ribbon
- I cut my chute material into panels I liked
- where I wanted to sew one panel to another I’d smear a 1" lick of fabric glue along the edge
- I then laid down the ribbon a ½" inside from the edge
- then fold the outer edge over top of the ribbon
- then it is easy to pin (if you choose) or align/ overlap the two ribbons for sewing purposes.
I would do this on both panels that I wanted to sew together. I found by doing this it was ten times easier to sew and it gave the seam some integrity. I used nylon thread.

As far as water proof or moisture resistant goes, I’ll have to check the material once I get out to the shop, but I highly doubt it is. I’ll let you know.
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When I tow up to Bowmanville (Oshawa) in July I will stop by I usually fish Up there for a week in July.

The material is not waterproof. Which for me does not matter as my boat is kept in a large "barn" storage facility. I just want to keep the diesel soot/bird crap off and
some spider poo.
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Garett - 12/2/2008 10:08 AM emudryj, Well I know I've sewn the chute material, I've made several light car covers out of it. I’m no seamstress by any means, so here’s how I cheated. - I went to the fabric store and bought some fabric glue and a roll of ½" banding/ heavy ribbon - I cut my chute material into panels I liked - where I wanted to sew one panel to another I’d smear a 1" lick of fabric glue along the edge - I then laid down the ribbon a ½" inside from the edge - then fold the outer edge over top of the ribbon - then it is easy to pin (if you choose) or align/ overlap the two ribbons for sewing purposes. I would do this on both panels that I wanted to sew together. I found by doing this it was ten times easier to sew and it gave the seam some integrity. I used nylon thread. As far as water proof or moisture resistant goes, I’ll have to check the material once I get out to the shop, but I highly doubt it is. I’ll let you know.
I think that I got your idea but I'm not sure, so if you do not mind I'll PM you later just in case... now let me ask you something... wasn't the glue good enough to hold both panels together???

My mom is a seamstress, but the machine she has here is very limited. I'm getting a chute from Ebay.. I will let you guys know how it goes...
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InTheNet - 12/2/2008 11:17 AM When I tow up to Bowmanville (Oshawa) in July I will stop by I usually fish Up there for a week in July. The material is not waterproof. Which for me does not matter as my boat is kept in a large "barn" storage facility. I just want to keep the diesel soot/bird crap off and some spider poo.
Waterproof would be only a plus.. I keep my boat on the trailer insidea storage facility, I'm also only wanting to keep the dust/dirt off the boat.... Do you guys know if the parachute fabric would allow some air thru???? I assume that if water can go thru, air does too....

InTheNet... if your problem is spider POO on the boat, you may have some nasty spiders over there!!!!
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When I tow up to Bowmanville (Oshawa) in July I will stop by I usually fish Up there for a week in July.
Yah July is good..............after some big fish are you.
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emudryj,

Yah sure, you can PM me anytime.

I checked my material, I have no problem in blowing through it and it definitely doesn't hold any water.

When I sewed my car covers I just used an old Singer sewing machine. The chute material is so light it just bunches up and easily fits under the arm of any typical sewing machine.

I guess one could have settled for just gluing the layers together, w/ or w/o thread, but I'm kind of guy that sooner do a job once and never look back.....so I added the ribbon. With your mom being a seamstress she won't have any problems in sewing this material on a conventional sewing machine.

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Gatchu!!!!!!! Awesome explanation!!!!!
I really appreciate yo taking the time to reply and make up that drawing... I hope somebody else find it useful as I did.

For those who are interested: I have a 30 footer CC and I plan to cover the boat from over the T-Top, all the way down.
From the engines to the bow anchor roller, the boat is probably 35. I was able to find a 65 feet parachute for 79 bucks (that's what I will use), and if you can do with a 35 feet parachute, I found one for 40 bucks.

I know that is not the same, but 112 bucks ($80 plus shipping) and some sewing, definitely beats a $1600-1700 full boat cover.

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