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    Default Zips or turn buttons for canvas canopy ?

    Ok i cant decide as usual. I am thinking that Zips will be better and easier to fit while making this new canopy i am doing for the cruiser.

    Is there a reason most seem to be Turn Buttons for canvas to canvas to sway me that way for the rear and side panels/doors ?

    What opinions on both in fitting and use ?

    Captain Faffer

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    Default Re: Zips or turn buttons for canvas canopy ?

    Quote Originally Posted by waynes world View Post
    Ok i cant decide as usual. I am thinking that Zips will be better and easier to fit while making this new canopy i am doing for the cruiser.

    Is there a reason most seem to be Turn Buttons for canvas to canvas to sway me that way for the rear and side panels/doors ?

    What opinions on both in fitting and use ?

    Captain Faffer
    depends a lot on how much disturbance it will experience in use? every trip on the water or 2 or 3 times a season? Stitching tends to last longer if interfered with less... Zips can seize up as can turnbuttons?

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    Default Re: Zips or turn buttons for canvas canopy ?

    I used zips wherever possible, including where the rear canopy fits to the sprayhood and for all doors and roll up portions. I used 'Lift the Dots' fittings for fixing to the deck where possible.

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    Default Re: Zips or turn buttons for canvas canopy ?

    Quote Originally Posted by pagoda View Post
    depends a lot on how much disturbance it will experience in use? every trip on the water or 2 or 3 times a season? Stitching tends to last longer if interfered with less... Zips can seize up as can turnbuttons?
    They will be used every other trip to the boat, well one side at least. Although on canals so should not get as bad a weather beating as on the sea.


    Quote Originally Posted by PetiteFleur View Post
    I used zips wherever possible, including where the rear canopy fits to the sprayhood and for all doors and roll up portions. I used 'Lift the Dots' fittings for fixing to the deck where possible.
    That was my idea also. How long have you used or had the zips fitted,are they still in good working order?


    Another reason i like zips is o think it gives a tidier look to the canopy.

    Thanks for the replies

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    Default Re: Zips or turn buttons for canvas canopy ?

    Jane made a cockpit canopy and used buttons the are easier to fit than a zip

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    Default Re: Zips or turn buttons for canvas canopy ?

    Zips for joining bits together, lift the dot, turnbuckles or Tenax fasteners for connecting to the deck. Using any point attachment system between pieces of canvas is an invitation for the wind to get underneath and separate them.
    Zips aren’t difficult to sew in with a little bit of forethought and planing to minimise bulky masses of canvas going through the machine.

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    Default Re: Zips or turn buttons for canvas canopy ?

    Zip every time, don't forget to design in a flap, covering the zip when closed, to help protect from UV damage.

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    Default Re: Zips or turn buttons for canvas canopy ?

    Quote Originally Posted by bigwow View Post
    Zip every time, don't forget to design in a flap, covering the zip when closed, to help protect from UV damage.
    Yes i have designed in flaps over all zips for this reason.

    Well looks like my thoughts were correct to most. One reason i like the idea of zips for better protection.

    Thanks for the input as always.

    Captain Faffer

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    Default Re: Zips or turn buttons for canvas canopy ?

    You can buy plastic sail track, specifically for covers, you can sew a thin ribbon of cloth to the sail track and the zip to the ribbon. The sail track is flexible and the other half of the track can be screwed to the vessel. This now means you have a completely zipped cover with no gaps that can allow wind to lift the cover.

    Ant marine cover specialist will supply the track or wholesalers of fabric, studs, butterfly clips, elastic and buttons etc etc

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    Default Re: Zips or turn buttons for canvas canopy ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Neeves View Post
    You can buy plastic sail track, specifically for covers, you can sew a thin ribbon of cloth to the sail track and the zip to the ribbon. The sail track is flexible and the other half of the track can be screwed to the vessel. This now means you have a completely zipped cover with no gaps that can allow wind to lift the cover.

    Ant marine cover specialist will supply the track or wholesalers of fabric, studs, butterfly clips, elastic and buttons etc etc

    So your saying use this instead of turn buttons.

    https://www.4x4community.co.za/forum...1&d=1508744508



    I like that idea but got all the fittings now. Still i will look into it later, thanks for that.

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