How to Fix the Inside Seat of a Boat

How to Fix the Inside Seat of a Boat
Boating is a fun activity that can make for an exciting summer on the water. But boats are often left out in the open and spend a majority of the time where sun, wind and water can damage the interior parts and upholstery. Because of this, it's good to know that fixing a boat seat is a fairly simple process if you know your way around a sewing machine and are familiar with pattern-making and measurement.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Tape measure Scissors Marine naugahyde fabric Sewing machine Matching thread Pins Upholstery stapler
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Marine naugahyde fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread
  • Pins
  • Upholstery stapler
Step 1
Remove the old fabric from the boat seat. Do this as carefully as possible so that you can use it as a pattern for the new seat cover.
Step 2
Inspect the foam cushion underneath and replace as necessary.
Step 3
Create a pattern on the new fabric, using the old fabric, and cut the pieces needed. For seats that have a wood foundation, add an additional inch to each side of the new seat fabric for easy stretching.
Step 4
Sew the pieces of the pattern together, using pins to hold them as needed.
Step 5
Place the new cover over the seat to check how it fits. Readjust the size for proper fit and remove the pins.
Step 6
Place your new seat cover over the padding, stretch it tight and staple it to the wood base.

Tips & Warnings

 
If you have good sewing skills, you may be able to replace the fabric cover without having to create a pattern from the old fabric.
 
If you have good sewing skills, you may be able to replace the fabric cover without having to create a pattern from the old fabric.

Article Written By Patrick Cameron

Patrick Cameron is a freelance writer with 10 years of diverse experience in consumer goods branding, promotions and retail communications. He works out of his home in Denver, Colo. He received his Bachelor of Arts in mass communication from the University of Minnesota.

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