A Lifesling is a very valuable piece of safety equipment to keep on board your boat at all times. This man-overboard recovery system makes it easier than other recovery methods to hoist crew members back on board. However, the number one complaint of sailors is that the deployment bag that stores the Lifesling doesn’t hold up to UV rays and chafing. We’ve received many requests for instructions on how to make a sturdier Lifesling cover. We listened to those requests and today we’re sharing our latest how-to video that will detail how to sew your own Sunbrella Lifesling cover.
We modeled our cover off of the original pouch that comes with the Lifesling. To give our cover better UV protection, we used a Sunbrella Marine Grade fabric. Many sailors like to use a Sunbrella that matches the rest of their boat canvas for a cohesive look. We also added a chafe protection patch of Phifertex Plus Mesh to the back of the cover where it will rest against the stanchion. We also added Phifertex Mesh to the bottom of the cover to help promote drainage and airflow.
To give the cover a sturdy shape, we created internal pockets to house plastic stiffeners. You can buy thin sheets of plastic at a hardware store to insert in your cover, or repurpose the sheets from your existing Lifesling cover. Although we do not show this in the video, it is also a good idea to cut out the instructions from the original Lifesling bag and sew them to your new bag so they can be easily seen.
In this video you will learn how to pattern the panels, create the inside pockets, attach a back flap, and assemble the cover.
- • 46” Sunbrella Marine Grade Fabric (we used Sunbrella Linen Tweed Marine Grade)
- • Phifertex Plus Mesh (we used Phifertex Plus Mesh Sand)
- • V-92 Polyester or Tenara Thread
- • 1” Polyester Velcro (hook & loop sides)
- • 1” White Polyester Webbing
- • 2” White Polyester Webbing
You can find all the materials needed to make your own Lifesling Cover at www.sailrite.com.
Have you ever made a Lifesling Cover? Share your experience, tips and advice in the comments!