Originally Posted by Perfect Ride
Great points for outside materials Ann. I think Bentwings was asking about interior materials, but then went on to talk about sun damage. I do not like the feel of Sunbrella on my skin so have chosen softer materials for sitting on in the inside of the boat, out of the direct sun. Are you aware of softer UV materials that are comfortable and machine washable as interior upholstery covers?
No, I'm not! Sorry. What I have done is try to limit the UV that gets below. To that end, I made a breezeway (a shadecloth) cover for our midhatch, with the breezeway for the top, and the sides out of Sunbrella, and it greatly reduces the UV, while still letting some light in. It also protects the acrylic hatch
material from crazing.
For our forehatch, I made a Stamoid hatch dodger
, which we use much of the time (maybe 80%), and it protects the forehatch, and keeps rain out, so we can leave the hatch open in the rain.
I would say that any fabric you like sitting on would be okay, if you cut down on the UV that gets below.
Another way to approach the problem, would be to go to a washable velour for the slip covers, or even a wide wale corduroy. It depends on what you like. The softer the cloth you select, the less chafe resistance it will have, and piping is always the first thing to go--I will never make a cushion with piping again! There's always terry cloth, too, and sometimes I tuck terry towels on top of our leather to avoid the sticking. i think it looks tacky, though.