Get ready for monotonous posts with me cussing......I ordered a new heavy duty sewing machine:
This sewing machine was well-reviewed to be able to sew quadruple seamed denim - so it should be able to do what I need. My original sewing machine I got in college is just not up to it.
The upcoming project - "dinghy chaps" -
The dinghy will be exposed to constant sun - so a good way to protect it is to sew "chaps" that cover the inflated pontoons.
Here is an example (stolen from another sailboat blog) -
There's no pattern for this - you have to make your own to fit around all the handles and rings. I read that sane people do not attempt this.
I called to inquire about a professionally made cover at Inner Banks Sails (the sail maker in Oriental that has done some repair work for us). She laughed - literally laughed and said "it will cost you more than the dinghy is worth to have us make them for you"! Then she said - "alternately, you can go to South America where labor is really cheap and have some made for less than $1000". And she laughed again.
So, I've read and read about it - and I'm going to attempt it.
It's raining - my excuse for not starting yet!