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    Posted: 20 August 2008 at 2:18am
Hi,
 
I have planned on making my dinghy chaps out of sunbrella with shelter rite for the front where there is a lot of rubbing.  I also plan on using shelter rite for attaching velcro to secure the chaps in place. I am now wondering (after roaming thru the marina) if there is a better choice of fabric (e.g. stamoid ) for all or part of the chaps. Also, is it best to use the velcro as a continuous piece around the perimenter or in short strips? I am also seeing mention of using bungee or cord. Thanks so much, Audrey
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Hi Audrey:
 
If I were doing the project, I'd stick with the Shelter Rite for areas that see a lot of abrasion.  Stamoid is lighter and it's great for tops and enclosures, but it is not even in Shelter Rite's league when it comes to abrasion resistance.
 
If you use velcro, opt for short strips.  A continuous run is an open invitation for cussing and swearing when it grabs the wrong spot and starts to make you crazy.  Bungee or draw strings also work.  I like to use draw strings because they do not break down in the sun like bungees.  Us 5/32" leechilne, our part 21210.
 
I hope that this helps.
 
Best regards,
Dan Smith
Annapolis Sailrite Store Manager
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Bula Dan (Fijian for Hello),
 
That helps tremendously.  I am really just learing about all the fabric choices. I will stick with sunbrella and shelter-rite (for the front). I am going to go with the  velcro in stips (I assume its velcro or drawstring not both).  I bought vinyl bias tape for going around the raw edges and openings (e.g. for handles, oar locks) and I have pattern material I bought from you ages ago.    Is there anything else you would suggest or design features you have heard of?
 
Thanks (Vinaka),
 
Audrey
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Laying Vuda Point, Lautoka, Fiji
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Other than a yard or two of red, black or blue adhesive backed insignia for a fancy logo, I can't think of a thing.
 
Good luck on your project.
 
Dan
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