Winter Cover Alterations Complete

Cay of Sea is finally buttoned up for the winter. Although she’s been hauled out for 6 weeks now, we’ve finally finished the alterations on the winter cover, and it fits nice and tight.

Alterations involved cutting appropriately placed slots for stanchions and shrouds, then sewing binding tape around the newly cut slots. We also needed to take material out of the stern section. This area was marked with a sharpie, pinned together into “darts,” then sewn up along the marked seam lines.  Finally, the excess material was removed from underneath the darts. My wife, having sewn a great deal in her younger life, knew exactly what to do, and did a great job.

All in all, it wasn’t a marathon sewing session. Just a couple hours on two different days. The final day of sewing involved a trip to the boat (just a mile away from our house) to fit and evaluate the alterations. Then a final session with the sewing machine finishing up the last details.  Here are some photos of the process.

Cutting new relief slots for stanchions and shrouds.

Cutting strips of excess material on the bias to be made into binding tape.

Sewing the tape along the raw edges of material.

A finished slot, raw edges bound with tape. There were probably 10-12 of these slots to bind with tape.

There’s the finished product.

Compare with last years’ arrangement, when the cover was just put on any way it would fit:

The alterations made a big difference. Now it lays flat and tight without bunchy gatherings where the cutouts were in the wrong places.

Many thanks to Kate and Frank for the use of their excellent Sailrite sewing machine!

Here are links to previous posts on this subject:

https://middlebaysailing.wordpress.com/2016/10/18/score-winter-cover/

https://middlebaysailing.wordpress.com/2017/01/07/winter-cover/

 

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5 comments
    • Thx Bob. It ain’t pretty, but the price was right, and it will keep the snow and rain off the deck.

  1. Winter is over! It’s high time you post about taking the cover off and get out there. This past Friday was gorgeous and you missed it. sailed over and around Polar Island, ogling the new construction as they dump more rocks in the water, extending the island even farther.

    • You got that right, Drew. Cover is off, bottom painted, she’s ready to go. Just waiting for the yard to launch her. I saw you on the creek the other day, and envied you!

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