|The white stuff is tape residue|
Our boom has rubbed an awful gash in the top of our bimini. When we bought the boat there was a lovely piece of silver duct tape "protecting" (read hiding) the wound. This is one of the primary reasons we bought our new Sailrite machine. This and all future canvas issues will be swiftly dealt with as we now have the POWER!
|Playing with my new hot knife|
But I stifled my fears and we dove in. Luckily, we had some pieces of Sunbrella material that we had harvested from an old bow dodger. It was the wrong color, but I could use it as a patch on the underside of the affected area, which would be zipped inside the pole brace. Only we would know it was there...
I took the new hot knife for it's inaugural spin (Wheeeeee!) by cutting the patch fabric into 1 1/2 inch strips the length of my repair.
|Sewing the first patch on the underside of the bimini|
We chose to sew the patch on the back part of the bimini first, as it wasn't worn as badly as the front, which took the majority of the abuse from the boom. In other words, we started with the easier part. It went very well and we were encouraged.
|Easy to cut with scissors, no hot knife needed.|
Coastal Bend Yacht Services saved us. I cut and placed strips ladder style along the black material. I stuck them to the topside of the bimini and we were ready to sew.
Then we took the paper off of the basting strips and stuck down the patch material to hold it in place for sewing. It went on without a hitch continuing with the zig-zag. This time, we sewed another line down the middle to hold the patch material to the split underneath.
We put the bimini and enclosure panels back onto the frame and once we got it all centered and adjusted right, it looked marvelous.
It doesn't look quite like it would if we had paid a professional to do it. I'm not sure what they would have done differently, but with the tools we have available and for the cost differential, we're totally happy with the outcome of this project... and inspired on towards the next one!