These cockpit cushion instructions step through the process of making a boxed cushion for a boat using closed cell foam, a water-resistant material, with zippers and piping (welt). With a few exceptions, which I’ll point out, this “recipe” can also be adapted for interior cushions with softer foam and even with other types of cushions such […]
Webbing varies widely in its construction and best usage. I’m going to talk about the kind you will usually see in sewing and marine supply shops to help you pick the best one for your project. I will not be talking about tubular webbing (think jack lines) or the super thick “seat-belt” webbing or others of […]
My cockpit cushions are ancient and brick hard. The zippers can sometimes grudgingly be coaxed into zipping or unzipping. So I decided to make new ones. But unlike cushions you might sew up some afternoon for your backyard, cockpit cushions are relatively technical.
Adding an awning to your boat is a fabulous way to add shady, rain-proof living space to your boat while you cool the interior. An awning cools your boat by reducing solar gain and can be considered essential equipment in Mexico and similar climates. Even in relatively temperate Hawaii they are a godsend. Luckily an awning […]
In Part 1 we discussed why you might want to make changes to Sailrite’s instructions for Sail Pack steps. In Part 2 we go step by step through those instructions indicating where you would apply those changes. These instruction variations apply to the old Sailrite sail pack instructions. Links to referenced hardware Twist Lock Fasteners […]
A sail pack is an excellent addition to your cruising boat and easy to make with Sailrite’s instructions. However I suggest some changes to make it stronger and to accommodate some common configurations not mentioned in Sailrite’s document. Sailrite now offers an attractive booklet on making a sail pack, along with a rectangular and a […]