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Boboe posted 03-02-2006 07:04 AM ET (US)   Profile for Boboe   Send Email to Boboe  
I trailer my boat quite a bit and clean after every use. I always remove the cushions before I wash her down. I have already broken two of the cushion snaps when I remove them and I've only had the boat a year. What do others do? Just leave the cushions on when washing? Or is there a trick to removing the cushions without breaking the snaps or ripping the material?

Boboe

vink posted 03-02-2006 10:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for vink  Send Email to vink     
I own a Sport 150 and take the cushions out when I trailer the boat. I learned he hard way that they needed to come out when tralering on the interstate. I didn't own the boat for more than a half hour when I did loose one on the interstate and a tractor trailer drove over it.
To make the cushions easier to unsnap I purchased Starbrite's Snap and Zipper Lubricant. This really makes taking appart the snaps much easier. I hope this info helps and good luck with the boat.
Backlash posted 03-02-2006 11:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash     
I normally leave my cushions in place when washing the boat. The secret to safely removing the cushions is to pull or pry on the snap, not the cushion itself. A flat blade screwdriver works well. There is also a tool available specifically for this purpose:

http://tinyurl.com/ohj6e

The lubricant mentioned above will help prevent corrosion which makes the snaps hard to undo.

ivansfo posted 03-02-2006 01:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for ivansfo  Send Email to ivansfo     
Something else you can use to lube the snaps is Vasaline petroleum jelly. This is mentioned in the owners manual of my set of canvas for my 23 Conquest.

I did that once and it worked too well in some places. Some of my snaps come off on occasion.

Boboe posted 03-03-2006 07:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for Boboe  Send Email to Boboe     
Thanks for the responses. I checked the tool out and while it looks like it would do the trick, they want $25 + $7 for shipping. Heck, I could almost buy a half a tank of gas for that much money. While the product review is good, they mention that the handle cracks with use. I suspect I can make my own tool by bending a weed pulling garden tool.

Also, the lubricant sounds like a great idea as I have already have noticed corrosion.

Thanks for the help...as usual this board comes through.

Any ideas on fixing one that is already torn off?

Boboe

Backlash posted 03-03-2006 09:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash     
I agree, the tool is a bit pricey and seems designed mainly for fastening snaps in hard to reach areas.

When replacing torn out snaps I always (when possible) insert a small piece (1-1/2" x 1-1/2") of vinyl, fabric, or thin plastic inside. This can be sewn in place or glued with a 2-part epoxy. This added thickness allows the snap to grip the material better and helps prevent the snap from pulling out again.

ivansfo posted 03-03-2006 04:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for ivansfo  Send Email to ivansfo     
If you don't want to invest in the tool, just take your cushions to a mom & pop automative/marine canvas shop. They should be able to pop on a new one for you for a few bucks, maybe even free.

I did this last year at a local shop to add a snap. I asked how much after the job was done and was told it's free. They said come back if I have a real job for them. Needless to say...I will use them if I ever need any new canvas work for my boat.

Boboe posted 03-05-2006 02:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Boboe  Send Email to Boboe     
Ahhhh, went to sears hardware today and found what they call a 3-1/2 inch Tack Puller. Really does the trick and costs a measly $6.49.

http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/product.do?BV_UseBVCookie=Yes&vertical=TOOL&pid=00941397000&subcat=Screwdrivers

Sorry don't know how to hot link?

Boboe

itldo posted 03-14-2006 12:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for itldo  Send Email to itldo     

Chap Stick will work for Lub. A little dab will do.
TRAFFICLAWYER posted 03-14-2006 12:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
Whaler usually wraps the foam in a thin membrane which eventually acts as big sponge of salt water, this speeds up the corrosion process of the snaps.

I take the foam out and rewrap it with strong garbage bags to prevent water intrusion.This will help maintain the hardware.

Landlocked posted 03-23-2006 10:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for Landlocked  Send Email to Landlocked     
When I replaced the foam in my RPS seat last year, I purchased a very high quality dense foam - Much more comfortable than OEM.

I put the foam inside 3 or 4 6 mil contractor clean up bags puchased at Home depot with all seems taped with duck tape. Ought to be waterproof for many many years.

Landlocked

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