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Messages - timtheboatguy

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General Discussion / Re: Sailrite
« on: February 10, 2014, 10:27:22 AM »
If you must have a portable machine then I would probably go with the Sailrite. I also have one of the clones (Family Sew) bought it on ebay several years ago. When it worked it did okay but I constantly had to adjust and tinker with the thing and now it has a broken part, some link rod thingy.

Perhaps I'll use it for target practice someday :)

General Discussion / Re: good patterning weather
« on: February 05, 2014, 08:21:47 PM »
Argh! I just finished shoveling my driveway again, where's the global warming we were promised? ;)

Happy to see your able to get some work done Mike.


General Discussion / Re: Embroidered or silk screen patches
« on: February 05, 2014, 08:14:54 PM »
Thanks folks,

Chris, that ebay deal does looks pretty good, especially after calling a local business that wanted about twenty times as much!

General Discussion / Embroidered or silk screen patches
« on: February 05, 2014, 02:00:39 PM »
I'm sure this has been ask here before and possibly me so my apologies for the mindlessness.

I want to have some patches made that have my biz name & number on them that I can stitch onto my boat covers. Before I just pick some company off the internet, do any of you fine folks have any recommendations? Also, preference embroidered VS silkscreen.

Thanks Much!

General Discussion / Re: i got a plug on the a radio show
« on: January 11, 2014, 12:03:24 PM »
It has always been one of my pipe dreams to fix up an old RV and travel south to work for the winter. With eight grand kids I don't think I could my wife to leave home for more than a few weeks!

It is sad that there are so many people in the service industry that think it is okay to not show up or return calls. I have had people tell me how much they appreciate that I showed up when I said I would and finished the job. This should be the norm and not rare.

General Discussion / Re: i got a plug on the a radio show
« on: January 10, 2014, 08:45:32 PM »
Now that your going to get swamped with business you can invite us snowed in fabricators down to sunny Florida to help you get caught up :)

General Discussion / Re: Baby it's cold outside.
« on: January 06, 2014, 11:23:58 PM »
Howdy neighbors! I am across the river, about 12 miles outside of St. Louis, in Illinois. The weather is about the same here, we tend to be a little warmer close to big city. Good to know some local people. I am a beginner in this, if you have any recommendations of local suppliers, I would appreciate any guidance. When you don't know exactly what you need, a salesperson can be very helpful. If you would rather pm me than post online, that would be fine.
There are some good suppliers that advertise on this site, for local I use Tri-Vantage or Wholesale USA both in St. Louis area.

General Discussion / Re: Baby it's cold outside.
« on: January 06, 2014, 12:34:18 PM »
Okay I didn't pay attention to the (?) Good to know that your near by as I sometimes get calls for auto and home upholstery work which I do not do.

General Discussion / Re: Baby it's cold outside.
« on: January 06, 2014, 11:59:57 AM »

We are neighbors! I live in lake Saint Louis and my shop is in Moscow Mills.

I use shrink wrap tape to attach the blank to the boat. I staple the tape to the cover blank then stick it to the boat, usually about every two feet down each side. For the darts, I use a stapler and then pull the staples out after I stitch down the darts.

I do appreciate the Sailrite videos though, always learn something and the fact that they have many free videos and the videos they sell are reasonable too.

General Discussion / Re: Baby it's cold outside.
« on: January 06, 2014, 10:51:49 AM »
Eight below zero here in St. Louis this morning. It is supposed to get up to Zero! Has not been this cold here in like twenty years. Who wants to go out for ice cream, I'll even buy! :)

General Discussion / Re: Pontoon Support Poles
« on: December 17, 2013, 09:58:14 AM »
I also do as Darren and stitch in a piece of 18oz GVC where every pole meets the cover.
Where can I purchase a small amount of GVC for my reinforcement?


General Discussion / Re: Pontoon Support Poles
« on: December 16, 2013, 11:48:20 AM »
Looks pretty darn good to me.  I hate sewing Top Gun because it's virtually impossible to make a seam that doesn't gather the fabric.  Luckily it hasn't been very popular in S. Florida.  I really don't miss the canvas sewing.  Vinyl is so much easier.

Thanks June,
I agree, the stuff is a pain to work with but it does last a long long time. I have also been using Harbor Time from Tri-Vantage. It is similar to Top Gun, 11oz, five year warranty etc. but cost a lot less and I think it is easier to work with.

I still prefer the Aqualon even though it's shiny surface makes wrinkles look worse, at 9.5oz it is manageable and the customer can take it off, fold it up and stuff it under a seat without the help of a couple of lumber jacks. :)

General Discussion / Re: Pontoon Support Poles
« on: December 16, 2013, 11:35:41 AM »
Also, I don't use sunbrella for pontoon covers, but typically Aqualon or Top Gun.
You have any pictures of pontoon covers you have made with Top Gun? Every one I see is wrinkle city.

Here is one of my "wrinkle city" covers made from Top Gun.

General Discussion / Re: Pontoon Support Poles
« on: December 15, 2013, 08:02:39 PM »
Another thing is how many poles to use. I typically use 3-4 on twenty foot and under and 4-5 on twenty up to twenty-five footers. I also do as Darren and stitch in a piece of 18oz GVC where every pole meets the cover.

We get up to a foot of snow once in a great while here, usually three or four inches and then it almost always melts before the next snow. Late last winter we got 13" of heavy wet snow and I seen a lot of older worn covers give up the ghost but everything that I had made in the last few years held up fine. I offer shrink wrap but most folks around here don't want the added expense.

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