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Old 12-10-2008, 12:55 PM
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I got my 65 foot parachute today to try to make a boat cover out of it. The thing looks "brand spanking new" and I understand the fabric is "rip stop" or something like that....

was wondering if you guys know:

1- is this kind of fabric, more specifically a parachute UV resistant??? kind of too late to worry about that but it would be nice to know.

2- what is the best cord to saw this kind of fabric on a sewing machine??? I assume that nylon would be a good start.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-10-2008, 01:42 PM
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Curious, how does the chute look on the boat un-fitted? How much sewing does it look like it's gonna be overall? I'd also be interested in a lightweight easy to remove full cover...
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I am going to use power pro to sew it .
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Old 12-10-2008, 03:17 PM
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Haven't put it on top of the boat yet... that will be the first step. this Saturday, I will put it on top of the boat so my mom can take measurements and to get an idea how to do it right so it looks professional.

InTheNet: what is power pro??? and where do you get it???

thanks in advance... any opinion on the UV resistance????
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Throw it over the boat and use some cord over the top going from each side of the trailer to hold it in place... .... Do you have alot of free time on your hands?
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jaybyrd83ecu - 12/10/2008 7:49 PM Throw it over the boat and use some cord over the top going from each side of the trailer to hold it in place... .... Do you have alot of free time on your hands?
Well the intention is to come up with something that is light and easy to put in and out every weekend. Main goal is to keep dirt and dust off the boat. I tried to blow thru the fabric today and air goes thru. I tried to get it wet and water just slide off. Could not get water to go thru, which I think is good.

It would be nice to be able to trailer the boat with the cover on, but I could live without that.

Throw the cover over the boat it will be the first thing I will do, but after that I will trim it and saw it to get a firm and tight fit.

A lot of free time???? no... I don't understand where you are going to, but I can make time.... $1600 for a new cover... definitely do not have.
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Here's my take on the UV part. I'm only guessing. If the chute is from possibly the 40's, well I don't think UV issues were the norm back then. Therefore I wouldn't figure it to be so, but one never knows.
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jaybyrd83ecu - 12/10/2008 7:49 AM

Throw it over the boat and use some cord over the top going from each side of the trailer to hold it in place... .... Do you have alot of free time on your hands?
I don't think you are picturing things here, the chute is round at 65 feet, the boat is only 35 feet max.......get where emudryj's coming from.
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Garett - 12/10/2008 11:27 PM
I don't think you are picturing things here, the chute is round at 65 feet, the boat is only 35 feet max.......get where emudryj's coming from.
I get it and was fully aware when I made my original post, you're not dealing with a 2nd grader with no spacial reasoning here:
Number of solutions for this:
1. A pair of scissors
2. Use some folding skills and use a sector of the circle as the cover
3. Leave the excess tucked under the trailer unless hauling

I can explain further in case you don't trust that I possess basic logic skills.
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jaybyrd83ecu - 12/11/2008 12:05 AM
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Number of solutions for this:
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I can explain further in case you don't trust that I possess basic logic skills.
Pins! For Goodness sake. Don't try this without pins! Or a stapler.




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don't use nylon thread, not UV resistant. Check ebay for uv resistant thread for making boat canvas items out of.
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power pro = braid fishing line (spectra?)
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