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When my husband and I bought a 1998 Fisher pontoon boat for what we thought was a steal, the first thing we needed to do was replace the dried vinyl in all places. The pontoon had been sitting in the sun for eight years and each post had vinyl that was cracked and shattered with the foam rubber filling exposed, rotting and decaying each time it was touched. It did not provide a comfortable seating arrangement; After all, the reason why you buy a pontoon is to be able to take all your friends with you on the river. When we visited the nearby marine furniture store we were shocked to discover that it would cost up to $ 1200 to get someone else to refill our boat. As a mediocre sleep stress, I decided to look at the job myself.
Materials needed for this project: Sharp thick scissors, marine vinyl, heavy leather needles for your sewing machine, heavy thread, foam rubber sheets (1 "thick), foam glue, stainless steel pins, a durable stitch pipe, staple gun, stainless steel staples, long-handled screwdriver, staple gun, stainless steel staples, long-handled screwdriver, pliers, power screwdriver, ziploc bags, a marker,
First I visited my nearby cloth shop to see what they had access to. After checking the internet for marine vinyl, I was surprised to find a variety of colors at Hancock Fabrics and the cost was reasonable, better than online prices. If your fabric store doesn't have marine vinyl, ask them if they could order it for you. That being said, I say that you are reminded that dark colors attract and keep warm. They also fade quickly so I would suggest for your comfort and wear wear a light color like cream or white. Even here I also bought heavy leather needles for my Singer sewing machine. That's right, I used my old sewing machine to do all the work, but buy at least two packages of the needles for leather. I would also buy the longest staples the store carries. Look for foam rubber in the store. Buy several plates of the flat 1 "thick foam that can be placed over the worn, disintegrating foam that has been exposed to the sun.
Remove the seats from the boat and remove the seats, such as seat cushion, backrest and all other covered parts. First, remove all hardware attached to each seat of the boat. Thank goodness for power screwdrivers! When the hardware is removed from the seat, place it in one of the zippers and mark it for each chair. In this way you will not lose anything and it will make it easier to put back the seats and make sure the fit fits well.
When the seats are dismantled, the next step is to remove the covers from the sit frame. Turn the seats upside down and remove the fabric by lifting the staple from below. In my case, my frame was plastic, still in very good shape, and it was relatively easy to remove the staples. Use the pliers and the screwdriver to remove the cover by inserting a screwdriver under the seam and simply lifting the staples out of the frame.
The easiest way to re-attach a boat site is to use the old fabric as a pattern for your new fabric. Use a seam locker, carefully cut the lid into the pattern strips. Lay the fabric on a large flat surface and lay the old fabric face down on top. I then used a marker to trace a sketch of the pattern on the vinyl, but if you feel safe, continue and cut the new fabric by tracing around the edges of the pattern. I gave me an extra ½ inch replacement around the outside of each pattern piece. I also suggest that you do each place one at a time so that you do not get your pieces mixed. Squeeze the pieces as they came apart and sew the pieces together. The first chair becomes the most difficult and with each extra seat you get better with experience. With that in mind, you decide which of your places you want to look best and do the last.
Once you have completed the lid, it is time to check the foam. If the underlying foam is in good condition, you are ready to cover it again. If not, cut off the foam and use foam adhesive clamp the old and new foam together to defend the original shape.
At this point you need a partner to pull the cover over the foam and pull it back properly. Tighten to remove wrinkles. The vinyl can take a lot of pulling. When in position, stick with the stainless steel clips. Stainless steel staples are more expensive but they will not rust and destroy your vinyl when you are back on the water. Place a staple on four equal dots on the frame, then pull and stack the fabric around the seat.
Replace the place back in the boat. Go back and admire your craftwork. You just saved yourself lots of money. In my case, I could save about $ 950 by doing it myself.
Now is the time to protect your almost new pontoon with the purchase of a low cost, 4 or 5 year warranty pontoon protection. This should eliminate the extra cleaning needed due to the pelican's last transfer or the rapid deterioration and bleaching of the vinyl that has been omitted in the sun for long periods.