How to Make Boat Grab Rail Covers


Teak grab rails give sailboats a beautiful, classic aesthetic, especially when the teak has been newly oiled and refinished. The sun will quickly cause the teak to fade so keeping those grab rails looking fresh and new can take a lot of work. Adding a UV resistant cover to your grab rails will keep the teak looking fresh for longer so you can spend less time polishing and more time enjoying your boat. Today we’re going to share with you how to make your own custom grab rail covers.

Our grab rail cover is a simple design. We used Sunbrella Marine Grade fabric and secured the cover with snaps on webbing straps. This method gives a secure attachment and does not require you to put snaps in your boat’s deck. To give the cover a professional, finished look, we added a Sunbrella Acrylic Binding to the edges.

Watch the video for step-by-step instructions on how to measure your grab rails, pattern the fabric, sew the cover together, install edging and snaps, and secure the cover on your boat.

Materials List:

You can find all the materials needed to make your own custom grab rail covers at

Have you ever made your own grab rail covers? Share your tips and advice in the comments!

  1. Paulette Salisbury said:

    Can’t wait to try this method. I just completed a toe rail cover (same concept) but had to figure out the design and layout myself. This method is SO MUCH simpler! Thanks for all your great projects and how-to videos! you guys inspire me !

    • Nikki said:

      Thanks, Paulette! Happy to help! :)

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