Use EZ-Xtend Boat Track to Repair Shrunken Vinyl Boat Enclosures

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EZ-Xtend Boat Track will solve the universal nuisance of shrinking clear vinyl boat enclosures.

As vinyl ages, or gets cold, it shrinks. This can make vinyl boat covers a real pain to operate.

EZ-Xtend Boat Track: before installation, this enclosure is too tight

You might even see this happen during a single day. If you've taken down or rolled up your panels on a warm day, only to find as it gets colder in the evening that you are unable to snap the panels back, then you'll know how frustrating vinyl shrinkage can be.

EZ-Xtend to the rescue!

Designed especially for track-to-track enclosures, houseboat enclosures or any other clear vinyl panels that are tracked to a permanent surface, the EZ-Xtend boat track provides a spacer.

It sits between your existing permanent track and the welt that is sewn to your enclosure panels, adding 7/8" to your enclosure. Now your panels can drop down further and easily snap in.

It's also very affordable at just 75c per inch.

EZ-Xtend Boat Track: after installation, the boat enclosure sits 7/8 of an inch lower, solving the problem

EZ-Xtend track is a custom-sewn product and is not cut to fit like EZ-Xtend boat Zippers. That means that when you order your EZ-Xtend boat track, you must indicate the exact length you will require. If you do cut an EZ-Xtend boat track the thread will unravel.

How to measure for EZ-Xtend Boat Track

You determine you need 189" of continuous EZ-Xtend boat track for your front enclosure.
For the port and starboard sections you need 78" for each side. They had to be measured separately, because boat track doesn't take sharp corners or tight radius's, it is flexible enough to take sweeping curves.

With these track lengths in mind you need.

Front enclosure 189" = Three 60" pieces plus one 9" piece.
Port enclosure 78" = one 60", plus one 18" piece.
Starboard 78" = one 60", plus one 18" piece.
Total = five 60", one 9", two 18" pieces.
345" @ .75 = 258.75

Slide your new EZ-Xtend boat track in piece after piece, to give you a gap free appearance and then slide your enclosure back in.

You should now be able to snap your enclosure back easily.

Since EZ-Xtend Boat Track is a custom product please feel free to contact me to discuss your situation.

EZ-Xtend Boat Track is for sale through special order, only. Contact us through the contact link on the left of this page, and we can discuss your needs.

As a companion to EZ-Xtend BoatTrack, we offer EZ-Xtend Drip Shields, which can be used between panels to block airflow and keep any water from trickling in when an enclosure has been lowered using the EZ-Xtend Track.

Other EZ-Xtend Products

Be sure to check out these other EZ-Xtend companion boat products:

EZ-Xtend Boat Zippers
EZ-Xtend Drip Shields

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Fantastic Results

"I wanted to thank you for the fantastic results I have with the EZ-Xtend zipper solution you provided for my Sea Ray.

The isinglass had shrunk to the point that installing it was an all-morning job, with some snaps totally unusable due to the material shrinkage. I really was preparing to purchase a complete new canvas set, but hated to spend the money-especially since the canvas is still in excellent shape.

The EZ-Xtend zippers have made the canvas/isinglass installation and removal about a 10 minute job! (and looks great too!) Thanks again for the quick solution and the reasonable cost, I really do appreciate it."
Steve Donovan

The Bottom Line

The extend zippers have been a resounding success. Zippers were needed for the starboard stern section of my bimini top, and for both side curtains of my camper canvas. It is a clever design you came up with to increase the width of connectivity between my bimini top and camper canvas sections. I do not know what I would have done otherwise as the camper canvas sections have shown shrinkage over time.
M. Marien

Such a Great Idea

I got a chance to install these yesterday and just thought I'd get back to you to let you know that they worked perfectly for me. I couldn't be happier with that simple to install solution to my problem now allowing me to properly and fully enclose my cockpit again. Such a great idea.
J. Reed
British Columbia

Easy to Install

The Ez-xtend zippers were very easy to install---especially with a little lubricant ( which I always apply periodically to zippers)
New Jersey

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I found Tammy by her name tag.... sewn to a sailboat cover, in a nearby marina. The boat cover was fitted with such precision, it clearly stood out from the others. In the years since, Tammy has 'dressed out' at least twenty boats for me. She has yet to meet a challenge for which she could not find a creative and effective solution.

Tammy has become a valuable resource to my BoatButler business, and she has actually created sort of a "cult" following among my customers. Once they see the quality of her work, the choice is an easy one.

I am still grateful for that little tag on that sailboat cover I found nearly twenty years ago."

Steve Hammond
Owner, Boatbutler Marine Services, Inc.
Alpharetta, Georgia

Love Your Website

I love your website and wish we lived closer, so that I could stop by your shop - sounds like a wonderful place!
Judy D
Winchester, TN

Thanks for the education

Thanks so much for the education I received from your site! I have been in to two local shops for estimates on a new canvas enclosure for my little boat. Both commented that they were happy to have a customer who knew what he wanted and was familiar with the material and options available. I learned it all from you!!
Alan S.
Arlington, WA

Zippers solved a major canvas issue!

With your zippers in place we could button up all of the canvas and make a very nice weather tight space which made our boating season very enjoyable.

Excellent customer service!

We finally got the chance to install of the ez-xtend zippers on our enclosure. (in between numerous Florida rain showers). and it turned out great! Everything finally fits together and it keeps the rain and the bugs out. Yay!
I will be sharing your zipper solution with other boating friends and will be sure to mention the excellent customer service too.

Great Website!

Looking forward to getting these items as it will save me a $3000 boat top replacement. Great website and sure glad someone thought to make these items up.
Lake City, MN

Boot looks and fits great!

Received the boot, it looks and fits great! Thanks for the fine craftsmanship, communications and speedy service.

Very Satisfied Customer

I have received your product in a very timely manner and they worked great. I have already shown your zippers to my brother in law and he placed his order yesterday. I am the past commodore of a Boat Club up here in the great lakes region and have many boating friends. I am sure that once I show them how great your product works you will be getting more orders.

Greg L.

Praise for the outstanding cove that you recently made for my RIB!

In 45 years of boating my new cover is the best that I have ever seen anywhere" Thank you so much and it was worth the effort!

Matt M. Pennsylvania

Thanks so much for the quick and comprehensive reply!!

I never know about the EZ-Xtend Boat Zippers and plan on giving them a try. Apparently, others have had great success with this product. I'll let you know how I do with it. Thx again. You've got a great website.

Chuck P Florida