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Patching the Yamaha Cover

biglar155

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Alright, so I found a little tiny hole starting in my cover last year. When I first found it we were heading out to the Dells for a week with my Wife's family (...and it occurs to me I never posted about that trip... boy I owe you guys a lot of posts...) and I wasn't going to let anything interfere with that trip so I "patched" the hole with some clear packing tape. (I've used the technique to temporarily patch sails with success so I figured it would hold my cover together for a 3 hour ride to the Dells - and it did.)

The other day @Glassman mentioned this Atwood canvas repair kit he was thinking of purchasing: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000B91OTQ...vptwo=&hvqmt=b&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_25fgmffoc7_b

I ordered the kit. It arrived within a couple of days (Thank You Amazon Prime) and yesterday I set to work.

So here's what you find when you open the box:


I opened the package and found a rather large piece of canvas, a bottle of glue, and instructions:

The ruler on the bottom is 48" and the one on the side is 24".

Here's the instructions:


And the glue bottle:



Here's the target of my angst:

Not a huge hole by any means (might have been a mouse-bite - more on that in another post) but I wanted to fix it before it became one.

So the first thing I did was cut out a piece of material for a patch. I decided to cut out two and put one piece of patch on each side.




I didn't want to have square corners to "hook" on anything so I rounded them off (Yes, I cut things out like Charlie Brown.)






With the patches cut out, it was time to apply the fabric adhesive.


The instructions say you should run a bead of it around the outside edge of the patch. Considering that the patch was so small, I took a small piece of scrap (you could use a Popsicle stick) and spread glue on the entire patch.


In this next pic, you see me applying a bead of glue around the outside edge of the patch (actually this is the 2nd patch - the one on the outside of the cover) after it has been applied. This seemed to help hold the edges down better. I hadn't done this with the first side, but I later went back and did it.

The glue cleans up with water, so it was just a matter of wiping up the excess with a wet cloth.

I also decided to do something a little different to make sure it was held in place firmly: I put a piece of wax paper on the table under the patch and another on top of the patch. Then I found a nice flat piece of scrap in my scrap-box and put it on top of the patch.


Then I stuck some weight on it:



I let it sit overnight and then this morning I took it out of the "press" and removed the wax paper. Here is the end result:


And the inside:


As mentioned, the edges of the inside patch didn't look as good so I ran a bead around it and put it in the "press" again.

After that had set fairly well, I cut another slightly bigger piece to cover the spot where the bumper on top of the windshield rubs. It wasn't a hole, but I wanted to reinforce it.



(The water in the butter tub is so that I'd have something to clean up the excess glue with.)

I did the same thing where I covered the entire patch with adhesive and also ran a bead around the outer edge with my finger:


Some more wax paper...


and some weights for the "press."


No pic of that one completed, but it looks the same as the others. I'm pretty happy with it. It's a bit stiff, but does have some flexibility. I don't think it's going to peel off but only time will tell. It will be a few weeks before I get to tow it down the road for any distance. I'll check back in and let you know how things hold up.

I were to do it again, I'd wait a few hours between doing the inside and the outside. By trying to put the patch on the outside immediately after doing the inside, I disturbed the inside patch a bit and had to go back and tack it down around the edges.
 

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Nice write up. Thanks!
 

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Great write up.
 

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Yes, nice write up. I have two holes on my new rv cover I need to patch, sharp edges on the solar panel tore it.
 
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Thanks @biglar155 , glad it worked for you. Boy, they sure do send a lot of material. Maybe I'll reinforce the areas I'm concerned about now, rather than wait for them to rip! :winkingthumbsup"
 

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Thanks @biglar155 , glad it worked for you. Boy, they sure do send a lot of material. Maybe I'll reinforce the areas I'm concerned about now, rather than wait for them to rip! :winkingthumbsup"
I would. No point in leaving it in the box!

I'm going to put it back on the boat and see if I can find any other areas that look like they need shoring up.
 

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Excellent write up, ordering patch kit today.
 

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I found that when you start to develop holes, the cover is going to deteriorate pretty quickly, probably within a year or so. If it's a tear that resulted from something, that's one thing... but if the fabric is starting to thin in some areas you should start looking around for a replacement.
 

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I found that when you start to develop holes, the cover is going to deteriorate pretty quickly, probably within a year or so. If it's a tear that resulted from something, that's one thing... but if the fabric is starting to thin in some areas you should start looking around for a replacement.
Agreed. It's only a matter of time now.

Fortunately, I store indoors so a few patches and some TLC should stretch me out for another 12 - 24 months if I'm lucky. The fabric doesn't feel too terribly bad, I honestly thing a mouse "tasted" my cover and -thankfully- it must have upset his tummy because he didn't eat any more.
 

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Even worn, it certainly will work as a "dust" cover. The downside is
That you don't want to tow with a very worn cover...it can shred in the wind.
 

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I ordered the same kit 2 years ago and patched 2 holes on a then 10 or 11 year old cover. The patch lasted 2 seasons and just came off this spring when I took the cover off after a long and cold winter. I re-patched this spring...I was quite impressed with how the repair held up. Frankly when I bought the boat I didn't expect the OEM cover to last as far as the ramp but it is still hanging in there and I use it 12 months a year and religiously cover the boat when not in use. I wish I could find a new cover for my LS2000 in gray...tan just won't due.
 

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So how has this patch job held up for you?
@biglar155
 

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I just saw a tiny pinhole starting in my Bimini. Called my dealer seeing its less than a year old and I do have the 5 year YES warranty. He told me they will send it out for repair! Really, I thought yamaha would replace it seeing it basically new and under warranty but nope. Thats BS. Think I may order this and just use the glue to stop it from getting bigger.
 
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