Custom Boat Helm Wind Screen
Done For You!
Here we have some the helm wind screen from my own boat the Lime In Da Coconut. The original Bimini and Curtains were done by Wilsons Canvas. After having this done I requested a quote for the wind screens. Well for the price I decided to go ahead and get my own sewing machine and do all the work I wanted to do on the Lime In Da Coconut. I put up a website and since then I have been helping others with some projects and neglecting the reason why I bought my sewing machine in the first place. So on my days off and in between projects I do my own work. This is still in progress.
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Helm Wind Screen Boat Canvas, Covers and More
On this project I used Sunbrella Ginko Green Marine grade canvas.
Helm Wind Sceen Designed & Cut to Almost Perfection
Once I had the patterns made I cut and sewed all the hems everything lined up exactly to the old wind screen I used as a template. See the video below after sewing the needle puckering caused this to be a 1/4 to 1/2 inch off at one edge. Not a big deal.
Helm Wind Screen Constructed In Our Shop
We have a small sewing room and a large layout area to accomodate any job from chairs projects like this.
Pattern cut with some hemming done
Thought I was finished until I started filming. Shrinkage due to needle puckering tightening up the canvas. Lesson learned. Add more cut down.
Installed and ready to enjoy. Well once I finish the port side.
How It Works
Measurements & Style Consultation
Give us a call, we will come measure and explain the process of what will need to be done. Once completeted we will take our measurements back to the shop and create a materials list and price for you.
Pattern Cutting & Construction
Once approved to go ahead by you, we will order materials, cut the patterns, and start your project. We will keep you informed of the progress and time of completion.
Final Fitting & Installation.
Once we have everything ready to go we will contact you to come and do the final fitting and installation of your project.
Each style of marine grade vinyl is rated according to cold crack, rub counts, and mold resistance. Stainless-steel hardware such as staples, screws must be used to prevent rust and early break down of hardware and fasteners. The newest products for fastening vinyl in marine applications are Tenara thread and Monel staples. Any wood used must be of marine quality.
Usually a high-resiliency, high-density plastic foam with a thin film of plastic over it is used to keep out water that might get by the seams. Closed-cell foam is used on smaller cushions which can, sometimes, double as flotation devices.
Marine canvas and Boat Upholstery refers to a varied array of materials and substrates used in the fabrication and production of awnings, covers, tarps, sunshades, signs and banners for the advertising, boating, trucking, tenting, structural and medical industries.
Marine canvas is a catch–all phrase that covers hundreds of materials, for instance: acrylics, PVC coated polyester vinyls, silicone treated substrates and many coated meshes suitable for outdoor use. Most ¨marine canvas¨ materials offer UV and UVB resistance, and, to some extent, water resistance or waterproofness. One of the most popular fabrics used today is solution dyed acrylic such as Sunbrella.
Such synthetic fabrics last for many years before deteriorating due to harsh UV rays. UV damages varnish (causes degradation, loss of color and elasticity and finally cracking and peeling) and the materials of which sails are made (often Dacron today). To avoid constant boat repair, covers are fabricated for all sails that are left outside, and all brightwork, or highly varnished wood. Hatches are covered for interior sun protection and winches are covered to protect them from deterioration of airborne particles and rain.
Other marine canvas includes biminis and dodgers and similar enclosures that protect some part or section of a boat from the weather and/or to create a more comfortable environment for the boat owner.
In some instances, these covers are purely created to add to the aesthetics of the motor or sail boat.
The design of these covers requires the fabricator to either pattern the object being covered, by creating templates out of disposable paper or plastic that are laid directly onto the area or object, or by laying the fabric to be used directly onto the object and fitting it. Marks for seams, fasteners and chafe protection are then applied to the pattern, and then transferred to the fabric, or directly onto the fabric.
Many American marine canvas fabricators use an Acrylic fabric as well as those listed above. The lighter color materials reflect heat and sunlight and provides more cooling as any darker materials does the opposite and will produce a hotter environment but a darker shade.
The thread used to stitch marine type canvas has often been Polyester thread with sizes ranging from #69, #92, #138 but with the popularity of PTFE threads that offer protection from the effects of UV, acids and many chemicals, Polyester thread is becoming more of a standby due to the far greater resistance of PTFE to ultraviolet radiation and the cost effectiveness of PTFE to the final product. Nylon is never used as it usually doesn’t last longer than six months in direct sunlight. Polyester threads V138 can last many years in the northern portions of the United States and of course all of Canada. wiki
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