"I'll buy a industrial sewing machine, watch the sail-rite videos again and make my own before I pay that much. "
So you wanna make a stack pack. Well now, what thread type are you going to use? What type of canvas
? Know how to make an accurate pattern? How about hardware
? And how will you attach said hardware? How will you finish the edges - Sunbrella ravels you know. You'll need a whole host of tools in addition to an industrial sewing machine. Please be sure to post a picture of it installed on your boat when you're finished. I'm dying to see how it turns out. Or save yourself some time and just strap on a blue tarp from Walmart. LOL
Kidding aside now, we just replaced some of the canvas
on our boat. I was amazed by how many steps are involved, how many man hours it actually takes to accurately pattern, cut, sew, fit, add hardware, etc. and how many tricks of the trade
there are to end up with a quality finished product. Like something that won't blow off in a strong wind
. Or come apart at the seams next summer because of thread rot
There is a reason boat canvas is expensive. Because a quality product is worth it and will last for years. If built right and cared for, your canvas can last 10-15 years.