Now have one on my boat after using one on a friend's. He had an elkhide cover that had given up the ghost and replaced it with a Color Wheelz dipped cover. It went from cold and wet to warm and dry. To be honest I liked the esthetic of the leather cover better but had no interest whatsoever in doing the lacing. So, I went for one on my boat (light grey) and love it. Comes with a "built-in" turks head if you so specify. No wearing gloves when it's hot...or cold (we're talking Lake Superior here). And it's never slimy or wet...like worn elkhide.
Never, ever, ever take a sleeping pill and a laxative at the same time.
did a wheel in 1/4 inch coton rope.. Half hitch in one direction, and then the other.. each section took 50 feet or better.. over 250 feet total..
looked really cool when done, nice and soft, lasted 4 years befor starting to ravel..
Took me 4+ days to put it on, but what the hell, when your out deep blue, what else you going to do..
actually, there is a shot of it there on the left in my grandsons hands..........
I was just thinking abut the effects of evaporation (cooling from cotton and leather) and an insulator such as vinyl. (less heat transference). Something that does not hold water and then evaporate causing it to be cooler, unless you want this, and something which does not conduct heat well makes a lot of sense...like vinyl. Stainless of course conducts heat better than vinyl.