It’s a boater’s mindset to cover and protect anything vital on board that could be damaged by the sun. Protect your boat’s steering wheel with an easy-to-sew wheel cover. We made this cover for the wheel on our Project Powerboat. This small cover adds extra sun protection for your wheel and doesn’t use much fabric, so it’s a great way to use up leftover Sunbrella.
Our wheel cover is tensioned with a sewn-in shock cord. When not on the wheel, it resembles a canvas shower cap. It is easily stretched over the wheel and stays securely in place.
This simple project is a great way to test out some trickier sewing skills like sewing boxing on a circular shape and working with shock cord. In the video you will learn how to measure your wheel for the cover, pattern the fabric, tension the shock cord and install the cover on your boat.
- Sunbrella Marine Grade Fabric (we used 46” Tresco Birch)
- 3/8” Seamstick Basting Tape
- 3/16” Shock Cord
- V-92 Polyester or Tenara Thread
You can find all the materials you need to cover everything on your boat at Sailrite.com.
What other kinds of small covers have you made for your boat? Share you projects & ideas in the comments!