We just finished making a winter boat cover for Sailrite’s Project Boat. When considering how to secure the cover, we decided to use sandbag weights (although our set-up allows for both weights or belly straps) secured with E-Z Lace Supreme.
E-Z Lace Supreme is a thin fabric strip with reinforced holes that can take the place of grommets. As an attachment point for the sandbag weights, we installed E-Z Lace Supreme around the perimeter of the cover. We like this method because it allows flexibility when placing the sandbags, and it distributes the weight of the sandbags evenly across the cover.
We designed our sandbags to be highly functional and nice-looking! Lace sleek fabric tubes to the E-Z Lace Supreme on the edge of the cover and hide your sandbags inside to create a uniform look. This method allows you to keep the fabric tubes in place year round and just re-insert the sandbags when winter rolls around.
The fabric tubes and sandbags are easy to make for this attachment method. Plus you can add them to your new boat cover or attach them as an upgrade to an existing cover (depending on the current hardware). The outer fabric tube is made from Sunbrella Marine Grade Fabric and the inner sandbags are made from Dura Skrim Patterning Material.
Check out this short video excerpt from the Make Your Own Winter Boat Cover DVD to see how we use E-Z Lace Supreme to attach our sandbags.
For complete instructions on how to make your own winter boat cover from start to finish, check out the Make Your Own Winter Boat Cover DVD. This how-to DVD highlights numerous tips and techniques for putting together a custom winter cover that will perfectly fit your vessel and is available exclusively at www.sailrite.com.