I am planning on making a boat cover using Top notch 9. What type of material should I use for reinforcing potential wear spot on the cover.

by Gerry
(Surrey B.C. Canada)

I am planning on making a boat cover using Top notch 9. What type of material should I use for reinforcing potential wear spot on the cover.
Hi Gerry,
You can use all kinds of things to reinforce boat cover material. There are a couple considerations, such as; does it need to be soft on the inside, how sharp is the area.
Top Notch 9 is a pretty tough fabric on it's own, so it will do well in many areas on it's own, but if there is any question, I like to use an 18 oz pvc laminate. Tuff stuff, protexit, herculite or similar. If it needs to be soft you might try covering it with a layer of evolution car fabric, I think it might be called noah as well. If you are using a home sewing machine, then you might want to go lighter on the pvc laminate. Top Notch 9 coupled with 18 oz pvc, might be a bit to much for your home sewing machine to handle. Don't use stuff that shrinks over time such as clear vinyl, or cushion vinyl. They can make the cover look kind of crummy over time due to the premature shrinkage.
Hope this helps.
Tammy

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