I'm still thinking about jumping into this project
. A few more questions,
How much does Sunbrella shrink and does it shrink equally in both dimensions? How do you match old pieces with new? I need to match a virtually unused center piece between dodger
. Would you let the new piece age (shrink) for a few weeks then set the matching snaps?
I understand the dark threads/zippers last longer - I have an "Oyster" (light tan) colored bimini
. I'm hesitant to put black thread and zippers on an off-white top. In practice, how much longer does the black last compared to the white? What would you do here?
What are the differences in clear window material. I was told that our boat had "Eisenglass"; Sailrite has several grades and gauges of material. My bimini has a small window to provide view of sails
and windex. I don't know what quality or gauge to use here.
For you professionals out there, when making replacement pieces, can you simply use the existing piece (e.g., bimini) as a pattern, make a similar cover, allowing for shrinkage, etc. -or- do you need to come to the boat, measure, fit, and fit a new one? Why or why not can't I send the old bimini to one of you guys to make up a suitable replacement?
Our bimini is 96" x 41", allowing for 6" to wrap around the frame, 2" skirt, etc., is about 3 yards of 60" Sunbrella. 4 48" zippers, 2 30" zippers, leather trim, small window. What would be a reasonable cost to have you build this?
It might be easier for me to start with a smaller project