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oahuwhaler posted 11-13-2005 10:17 AM ET (US)   Profile for oahuwhaler   Send Email to oahuwhaler  
I have a 2004 170 Montauk with a Mills Bimini.
I took the boat on a rough day and had the top folded down to front of the boat. I guess when the top is down to the front it's too close to the front cleat and with all the pounding the cleat made a small hole in the top. Does anybody know how to repair the hole??
jimh posted 11-13-2005 10:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I do not know how to repair woven Sunbrella fabric.
bsmotril posted 11-14-2005 09:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
Any good canvas shop should be able to sew on a patch for that area. If it is an ongoing wear point, have them double the thickness in that spot to prevent future chafe through.
Speedo66 posted 11-14-2005 03:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Speedo66  Send Email to Speedo66     
Think outside the box on this one. I went to a few local marine canvas shops and was quoted anywhere from $75-100 to patch a small hole (with MY fabric). A local shoemaker here in the Bronx did a great job and sewed 2 patches on for $10 (and fixed a zipper).

Another source for repairs is awning shops. As soon as you say "marine" the price increases by a power of 10.

If your color is the medium blue, I have some Sunbrella fabric I can give you.

MyOutrage posted 11-14-2005 05:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for MyOutrage  Send Email to MyOutrage     
Only drawback to using a shoemaker is the thread. I'm guessing that they don't use a thread that can withstand the elements as well as a canvas man's thread (although I don't know that for a fact).
oahuwhaler posted 11-15-2005 07:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for oahuwhaler  Send Email to oahuwhaler     
Thanks, called Mills they will send me a remnant piece (free)in couple of days. Thanks again.

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