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Boat Leather Wheel Cover Installation

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What length did you select Gerry and will the leather fit in the chock?

  • What length did you select
    I applied some self adhesive material material a couple of years ago.  It's the anti abrasion stuff used by sailmakers to protect chaffing by shrouds and spreaders.  While it seems to have worked I haven't been happy with it.  It covers 30" from the end of the pole.  I ordered a leather piece for each end 30" long to replace this stuff.
  • Will the leather fit in the chock?
    I haven't put the leather pieces on the pole yet.  The pole is on the boat which is sitting in its cradle waiting for the ice to disappear.  I don't expect a chock problem.  I believe I can loosen a screw to give more slack if needed.

Thanks Gerry

Hi Rod,

I did mine a few years back.  Its a painful process.  I took the wheel home one winter and made it an off-season project.  I installed a post under my shop bench to hang the wheel from.  Then I could straddle the wheel and rotate it as I made my way around it.  It sped up the process quite a bit.  I didn't bother with the foam.  Best I can recall, I'd say all in was over 20 hours.  Results were great.  Almost ready for a new cover again unfortunately.

I ran out of time and didn't get the leather cover on the wheel last year but want to finish it over the next month.  I have a question for those who have completed the sewing.

The instructions say that one foot of sewing requires about five feet of thread.  I checked and the circumference between two wheel spokes is about 22 inches.  Assuming I sewed one wheel section at a time it would mean I'd have to pull about two feet of thread through the initial stitches.  Trying to sew a longer stretch would seem unmanageable??

What is the recommended length for each section to be sewn?


We worked with about 5 feet at a time in order to keep it as continuous as possible. Assuming 5 feet of thread per foot of sewing and 22 inches between spokes, you would need a little over 9 feet of thread to go spoke to spoke.  Probably start with 9' and if that is too much to work with adjust accordingly.

Our take away from sewing up Equinox 99’s wheel was having a constant thread tension for each stitch so you get a nice even seam. There should be no gaps in the seam (too little tension) or large puckers (too much tension).

…and be prepared to either spend the entire day sewing or maybe break it up over a few days to save your fingers from cramping up!

In the end I think it is well worth the effort.

We had two of us doing it which made it go a lot quicker.


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