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    Posted: 20 February 2006 at 8:31pm

To minimize the fading of a tan leather wheel cover, I am making a Sunbrella cover that wraps around only the rim when the boat is not in use.  (I did not want to cover the entire wheel and pedestal.)  My plan is to place a couple of openings at what will be the bottom of the cover when the wheel is locked to allow any rain water that enters the cover to drain.  My understanding was that the Sunbrella will "breath" well enough to prevent mildew on the leather, but I was recently told that the Sunbrella may still trap enough moisture to create problems.  Can anyone with experience tell me how best to vent the cover to prevent mildew?

My second project is to make custom cockpit lifeline covers of the sizes and color appropriate for my boat.  My plan is to use Sunbrella with Velcro along the length that wraps around standard 1/2" pipe insulation over a flexible 1/2" PVC irrigation tube which slides over the SS lifelines.  Does anyone know if these materials will work for this application, or is there a better way to make lifeline covers?

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Hi Infalable:

This sounds like a great idea.  However, my experience woth leather is that anything in tight conact with it in a humid or wet environment does run the risk of growing mildew.

An alternative to your idea would be to build a cover for the entire wheel rather than the wheel and binnacle.  Make two circles about an inch and a half larger than the diameter of the wheel and sew them together.  Make a cut from the edge to the center with a small circle cut on one side only to allow for the shaft.  Bind the edges that you just cut, and add zippers front and back.  Pull the project inside out and you have a wheel cover that is loose enough to breathe and that won't trap mpisture on the leather.

Dan Smith

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Sunbrella will breathe quite well but as Dan suggests it is best not to make the cover a tight fit. You could use a mesh like Phifertex at the bottom to help keep things dry without trapping water.

Your idea for the lifeline cushion is perfect. I have had numerous customers build them this way and it works great.

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Matt
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