How to Use an Adjustable Support Pole

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Last week we shared our first power boat project, the How to Make a Power Boat Cover Video, and today we’re going to highlight a piece of that project that you can use if you’re building a new cover or just need extra tension in your existing one—adjustable support poles.

Adjustable support poles are great for keeping your cover taut and preventing water from pooling. Since these poles are adjustable, they can be transferred from cover to cover and boat to boat as needed and always provide a perfect fit.

These poles are installed using one of three different end fitting options: a snap fastener, a stud that fits in a grommet, and a rubber end cap. If you already have a cover for your power boat, it might already have a snap or grommet installed for a pole. If it doesn’t, you can use the rubber end to prop the cover up without any extra work or install your own grommet or snap. And, of course, if you’re making your own cover you can choose between the three!

In this video, we’ll demonstrate how to sew a reinforcing patch in the cover, and how to add a snap and a grommet. As an added bonus, we’ll also show you how to shorten an adjustable support pole if a shorter length is needed.

 

These versatile, adjustable support poles are available at www.sailrite.com.

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