Custom Boat Upholstery
Done For You!
Here we have some seats to fabricate and cover as well as the armrests and side panels. These boys chose a carbon fiber look black yellow and maroon colors in the boat upholstery project.
They cut and mesured the board and delivered them to me with the vinyl and foam. This is almost complete.
We Make High Quality, Custom Applications
Vinyl Boat Upholstery Seats & Cushions
On this project we used customer supplied materials.
Boat Upholstery Designed & Cut to Perfection
Once we had the patterns made we cut the vinyl and made the piping to go around the edges. Stapled everything together and had some hiccups but it turned out nice and since this was done as a project. The price was right for the boys that had me do it.
Boat Upholstery Constructed In Our Shop
We have a small sewing room and a large layout area to accomodate any job from chairs to sails.
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.
Boat upholstery differs in that one has to consider dampness, sunlight and hard usage. There are many sources for marine grade vinyls such as Spradling and Morbern and they come in hundreds of colors and styles now.
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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Green Cay Marina (Tamarind Reef)
Christiansted, VI 00820