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Science Behind a Sailors’ Tailor Inc.
The Only Sailboat Cover Manufacturer To Use PTFE Teflon®
Thread On All Seams since 1999 At NO UP-CHARGE?—The
Since the thread, not the fabric, is usually
the culprit in early cover deterioration, this is the most
important, uncompromising feature to look for in a durable
boat cover. The Sailors’ Tailor has been sewing with
PTFE Teflon thread since 1999. Our competitors are
STILL using chemically-stripped UVR-treated polyester Dacron
thread which boat owners say is lasting only 2 years. If
other cover makers use Teflon thread at all, they charge
you about 10% more for the cover. When we discovered
a problem with the thread stamina in 1999, we immediately
researched the problem and upgraded to Teflon thread at
NO UP-CHARGE, even though it costs nine times more than
UVR-treated polyester Dacron thread. Only PTFE thread is
going to last in today's pollution. If a cover supplier
tells you they don’t use Teflon thread because their
seams aren’t exposed to the elements, watch out! All
seams are exposed to acid rain and UV. When UV or acid rain
gets onto the thread, it immediately begins the deterioration
process and ultimately causes dacron or nylon sewn seams
go into an unraveling frenzy!
Graph Source is from thread manufacturer
is the polyester thread other manufacturers are using
Right is the improved Teflon® thread Sailors' Tailor Inc.
These sewing threads are specially coated with Teflon®,
for excellent chemical and UV resistance.
Resistance to High Temperature
Resistant to Fungi, Many Acids and Alkalis
Fabric Sheds Water/Remains Pliable
Unique Poly Army Duck Fabric Is Vinyl Coated On Both Sides
To Seal 99% Of The Pinholes That Would Otherwise Invite
Harmful UV Rays And Acid Rain To Enter
unique Poly Army Duck Fabric is double-dipped in Vinyl like
and heat-cured. Unlike solid vinyl, Vinyl like keeps your
cover feeling pliable and fabric-like, while repelling 99%
of UV rays and moisture. Our competitors, on the other hand,
use a one-sided laminate that can de-laminate if it flaps
in high winds at the mooring, or while traveling. Our
Polyester Army Duck and our Napbac Canvas are finished with
extra waterproofers and mildew inhibitors and dyed in light
colors. Fabrics finished to our stricter specifications are
tougher and make a longer lasting boat cover. If
you put your Sailors’ Tailor cover on so it sheds water
and doesn’t flap, and give it some occasional maintenance,
you should get 7 to 10 years from your cover. The industry
norm is only 5 years.
and Fit are Paramount
Think Levi’s Are Durable? At Sailors’ Tailor,
Our Covers Are So Durable That Our Sewing Machine Manufacturer
Says, “You Can’t Do That! You’ll Break The
the original Levi’s? The ones you outgrew as a kid before
they wore out? They were sewn with flat-felled seams…so
are our boat covers. In a flat-felled seam, all raw edges
are folded into the inside of the seam (not just into the
inside of the product) and then stitched with double needles.
In a flat-felled seam, the stitching is going through four
layers of cloth, not just two layers. Our hems are double
rolled and sewn with double needles, too—again, no raw
edges to fray out and the stitching goes through three layers,
instead of two.
felled seams are the strongest created and leave no raw edges
Our Highly Skilled Seamstresses What It Takes
No one else does double-rolled
hems and flat-felled seams because it takes 50%
longer to make a cover—just ask our seamstresses.
Only 1 in 10 seamstresses we hire can handle the sophisticated
equipment we use. Currently, the ones who make the grade have
been with us an average of twelve years.
already-rugged covers have 75% more reinforcements than our
(some competitors’ covers
have no reinforcements) We don't just run a
layer of cloth over your boat and call it a cover. We have
designed it to fit well and last. We put in the time and effort
to reinforce your cover at the back corners, over cleats,
fairleads, splashrails, gooseneck, and outhaul, all stress
points. Reinforcements are either an extra layer of the cover
cloth or truck trap vinyl depending upon how abrasive the
area is that we are protecting.
We don’t use metal
zippers, or cut Velcro in half. (Actually, we don’t
use Velcro at all because at the first sign of grass, dirt,
bird doo, etc., it’s done)!
you receive your cover, you will also receive the necessary
hardware to attach it to your boat. Ours is a complete cover...you
will not have to run down to the hardware store to buy extras.
Most one design class covers will have heavy 5/16' elastic
shock cord in the hemline to hug the side of the boat. In
addition, there will be webbing loops sewn to the underside
of the hemline at intervals all around the cover to tie down
to your lift trailer. For other one design class covers, we
provide you with not only the cover snaps, but also the hull
snaps. In the case of cockpit covers, we provide you with
either hooks or snaps, depending upon the style of your rubrail