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General Aftercare and Maintenance

All covers when initially fitted will be tight. Canvas stretches and as such a week or two with the cover erected, and all fittings attached, will take out the stretch and give a user-friendly fit.

With motor boat covers with zip out sections, the panels can usually be rolled up rather than zip removed and this will usually be easier. Leave the to 75mm of zip attached so there is no need to separate the zip at the starting block.

Open ended zips where the two halves completely separate can be awkward to zip up without experience and especially when the covers are new.

The trick is to start all the zips and only run the slider about 75 to 100mm. Once all zips are engaged and started, then close the zips.

It is imperative that a little silicon non-staining grease, or Vaseline is placed into the alloy starting blocks of the zips and the slider and this is repeated periodically as part of servicing the zips.

To lubricate the zip teeth, candle wax rubbed against the teeth is all that is required.

Stitching will leak initially on new covers. A needle has to make a slightly larger hole than the thread. We use a sewing thread which is coated with an anti-wick treatment and will gradually seal the stitch holes with time and repeated soaking of the canvas through rain. You will notice the water ingress will decline.

A stitch sealer as used on a waterproof coat is either a brush applied clear sealer, which when dry looks unsightly or a heat welded tape which becomes delaminated with time and again looks very unsightly.

For cleaning we recommend a soft bristle car wash brush that clips onto the end of a hosepipe and they can be brought with a long handle so the roof areas can be reached. This is all that is required if the canvas is cleaned regular, just fresh water and gentle agitation with the brush.

For more information, read the rest of our FAQS or visit the Sunbrella following links:

Sunbrella care and cleaning pdf

Sunbrella care and cleaning video

Sunbrella technical leaflet

Sunbrella stain removal chart

Q: What fabric do you use to manufacturer your canopies?

A: The No. 1 marine fabric in the world. We use Sunbrella Plus for exterior covers.

Sunbrella Plus is our fabric of choice here at Tecsew, view the technology behind the fabric

Q: What do you have standard patterns for?

A: Bavaria Motor Boats, Beneteau, Discovery, Dufore, Elan, Gibsea, Jeanneau, Lagoon, Legend, Maxi, Moodys, Rodman, Sabre, Southerly, Vancouver, and Westerly boat ranges. We either supply the UK builders, or importers of these ranges, or in the case of Westerlys and Gibsea, have supplied in the past.

Q: Do we supply spare parts, fittings etc?

A: Yes we offer a range of spare parts and can fit the new product to your boat. Please call or email us with your enquiry.

Q: How do you wash your canopies?

A: Go to video download page (Full care and cleaning instructions); Download pdf brochure (Full care and cleaning instructions) or Download stain removal chart.

General or light cleaning

To clean Sunbrella while still on a boat, follow these simple steps:

  • Brush off loose dirt.
  • Hose down.
  • Prepare a cleaning solution of water and mild soap such as Ivory Snow, Dreft or Woolite (no detergents).
  • Use a soft bristle brush to clean.
  • Allow cleaning solution to soak into the fabric.
  • Rinse thoroughly.
  • Air dry.
  • May not require retreatment depending on the age of the fabric.

** If stubborn stains persist, you can use a diluted chlorine bleach/soap mixture for spot cleaning of mildew, roof run-off or other similar stains. (See our Stain Chart for specific recommendations).

Q: How do you maintain/service zips?

A: Candle wax rubbed into the teeth will act as a lubricant. We recommend petroleum jelly or silicon lubricant is worked into zip sliders and the starting tongue and box, to help protect from salt crystal deposits.

Q: Is it possible for me to fit my canopy myself?

A: We can provide full fitting instructions and photographs with all our standard pattern products to enable you to self-fit. Tecsew supply on a self fit basis to many customers outside of the UK

Q: What is the difference between a Sail Cover and Pack-a-Main?

A: A Sail Cover is a general cover for a sail whereas a Pack-a-Main allows the sail to flake into the bag.

Q: Does the price includes fitting locally?

A: Yes the supply price includes fitting between Chichester to Lymington (on the South Coast)

Q: What fabric do you use to manufacturer a Winter Cover?

A: Top gun fabric as this is extremely heavy duty.

Q: Do we require a deposit when placing an order?

A: No, but prompt payment is required once the cover is fitted to your boat/yacht.

Q: Which areas do you cover when measuring/patterning/fitting?

A: Chichester to Lymington (on the South Coast).

Call us for enquiries on 02392 556548 or visit our contact page. Our friendly staff will gladly assist you.