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    Posted: 15 September 2016 at 12:48pm
I just recently started a small project, which consists of an enclosure for the front of my Center Console and I am already starting my research for my next project (replacing the covering on my T Top). First off, some details about my boat: T Top Covering will be 54" x 86", boat is used in salt water (but is stored on a trailer away from the water and is in direct sunlight), T Top has outriggers, radar and antenna (so it will not get the total balloon effect from under the T Top when being towed or moving on the water). I plan to construct the panel out of 60" wide Marine Grade Sunbrella (To avoid having a seam). My questions are on grommets and the edge of the panel. I have read a lot of different things as far as finishing the edge. Some people say that a double hem is strong enough, while others prefer to put webbing inside the hem. What about Shelter-Rite Tape, is that overkill? The current T Top has some sort of vinyl looking material that is sandwiched around the edged. Could I skip the hem all together and use 3" Sail-Rite Tape along the edge (sandwiching the edge so the tape will be 1.5" on both top and bottom) and put my grommets through it? And speaking of grommets, would a #3 Nickel Spur Grommet be ok, considering that my boat is used in salt water?
My feeling are not easily hurt, so all comments are welcomed.

Thanks, Dave
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Hello Dave,

The most common practice I see on t-tops (if the edges are straight and not curved) is to fold the Sunbrella in a hem and place either a strip or double strip of Shelter-Rite between the hem (binding the edge of Sunbrella) for hidden reinforcement. If the t-top is curved then placing a double strip of Shelter-Rite under the t-top edges and sewing it in place is the best practice.

I have never tried myself folding the Shelter-Rite over the edge of the Sunbrella, but I do not see why it would not work. I think most of the time the aforementioned techniques are used because the boat owner wants the t-top edges to be as clean as possible, just showing the one fabric (Sunbrella in this case) from the top view of the boat. I believe any of the options mentioned so far would work.
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Which would be better, the Shelter-Rite Tape or Binding Regatta Weblon?
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The Shelter-Rite is much heavier (18oz sq yd) and would reinforce the grommets much better than the Weblon Regatta Binding (8.3oz sq yd).
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote MattGrant Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 September 2016 at 7:59pm
First let me say the #3 Nickel Grommets will be fine.

I agree with Zach on everything else. But you might also consider using the Shelter-Rite tape on top and bottom as separate "tabling" strips and then cap the edge (what would be three raw fabric edges with a fabric binding of 1" width prior to sewing. This will look very nice and also be quite strong.
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Thanks for all the advice. I like the idea of the 2 strips of Shelter-Rite and the 1" binding to cap everything. Now I just have to see if my sewing machine will be up to the task. I'm using a heavy duty machine, but it is definitely not a commercial grade machine. The thickest thing that I have sewn through so far has been 4 layers of Sunbrella, which it had no problem. Any idea what the equivalent of sewing through Shelter-Rite would be compared to how many layers of Marine Grade Sunbrella?

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote MattGrant Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 September 2016 at 9:17am
Shelter-Rite is not too hard to sew. It would be the binding edge that might present the challenge. The only way to know is to give it a try.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dtray332 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 November 2016 at 4:18pm
I finally had enough time to do it. Here is my YouTube video link. Thank you all the folks at Sailrite.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aTxni_pf8Q
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Wow. Good job guys :)
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Nice video! I turned out very well.
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