I ask a lot of questions to help understand my clients objectives, while also helping them understand certain objectives may require sacrifice.
How often do you use your boat?
Do you plan on cruising eventually?
What type of weather might you be in while sailing?
How long will you keep the boat?
What do you know about cleaning and caring for your canvas?
What is the overall height you’d like to achieve?
Do you want fixed shade or collapsible shade?
Things to inspect:
Ideally I look for a 45 degree angle on the front window for aesthetics
What is the height of the frame & is it currently mounted in the best place?
Old fasteners. The “knubs” are a single screw that are called Lift-a-dots, I usually change those out to the “twisting” studs which are called Common-Sense Fasteners because they are stronger.
Make sure the deck mounts on a frame are hinged. This puts less stress on the fiberglass as everything moves will boating.
I am my father’s legacy and incredibly lucky to apprentice under the hidden gem of the industry, tucked away on the edge of Lake Champlain. My dad Dennis has owned and operated Vermont Custom Canvas since 1972, he was making beautiful designs way ahead of his time, using binding regularly as a color enhancement, not just a way to seal the fabric edges. He was one of the first fabricators in Vermont to start using sunbrella on boat covers, which originally was an awning fabric that only came 36” wide, now certain colors are up to 80”.