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    Posted: 21 April 2014 at 10:27am
I', moving my boat to a year round slip out from under a tarp in my driveway and even though I have a bow and cockpit cover for the boat I'd prefer to have a full cover that offers more protection.

My boat is a 21 foot Seaswirl Bow Rider with a wakeboard tower and extended swim platform so total length with the platform is about 23 feet.

I have a decent machine (Juki 3508) to sew it with but I've never attempted a project this big. I watched the "How to make a powerboat cover" video and am considering a purchase of the Winter Boat Cover DVD but am still unsure if I can do a project this big.

Is this a fairly straight forward project that a beginner can handle? Or, would I be better off buying an aftermarket cover and modifying it to encompass the swim platform?

I'm also curious as to what the material cost would be for a boat this size?

Any advice would be appreciated.

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I think this is a very doable project. If you pattern it for your specific boat it will always be better that buying a premade cover.
Material cost is going to be directly tied to the quality of material you use. SurLast would be on the lower end of pricing and Sunbrella Marine would be a more premium cover material.
If you get a 60" width fabric you will likely need about 24 yards. I will let you do the math comparing the options I suggested above.
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My first two larger projects were covers -- the first for a trailer and second for a cockpit. Both were excellent learning projects. Your Juki 1508 will have no problem. You might but you'll learn a lot.

As for advice:

Walk marinas to get ideas, and then keep it simple.
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