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The Book

Canvas for Cruisers is a fully comprehensive and detailed book on sewing canvas for boats.
Are you frustrated because those other books just don’t give you the details on materials and construction?
This is the book for you!

Learn the techniques the professionals use to produce quality products – strong, practical and beautiful.

Canvas for Cruisers walks you through the fitting and fabrication of every interior and exterior project you are ever likely to need. And how to make quality repairs to keep your boat looking great.

The only Canvas Book you will ever need..

The Author

Julie Gifford retired in 1999 at the age of 42 and went sailing! She and her husband Ed Kettyle jumped on their 44′ sailboat Free Radical and spent the next 7 years sailing – completing a circumnavigation of the planet in 2006. After her circumnavigation Julie worked for a period of time at the North sail loft in St Martin in the eastern Caribbean. Her professional training at the sail loft combined with her personal experience living full time on a boat and a lifelong love of sewing, have inspired her to write this very thorough and practical book.

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The Best Canvas Sewing Guide ever

Rated 5 out of 5
June 28, 2017

I didn’t sew at all, I paid to get my pants hemmed. We were heading out on our sailboat to the South Pacific so I took a learn to sew course, bought a Sailrite sewing machine and this Canvas for Cruisers. The book gave me a basic understanding of sewing canvas and together with the online videos from Sailrite I soon was making weather cloths, BBQ cover, replacing the glass on the Dodger, making a sailbag for our new cutter sail, taking the foot off the bottom of the mizzen sail, mending the sail covers, new hatch covers and new cockpit cushion covers including piping and zips. I would not have been able to without this knowledgeable tome. I even made the toolbag at the back of the book for practice!

kaz

Sewing "bible" for cruisers

Rated 5 out of 5
March 29, 2014

The sewing “bible” for cruisers. This is my go to reference book for canvas boat projects. I use her directions, diagrams, and how to’s for specific techniques. Julie’s experience shines through the pages of this book. I have only a few books aboard now that I have a Kindle. This is one of the books that I have aboard and use regularly. In fact the pages are dog eared and marked with red stickies. Thanks, Julie for this treasure trove of detailed information. Get a copy for your boat sewing projects!

Annette Baker

Lots of information!

Rated 5 out of 5
January 15, 2021

Great book, lots of information on heavy duty sewing and projects. It’s all you need!

Aleen Robinson

A thorough practical guide for cruising vessels

Rated 5 out of 5
August 26, 2020

The book, which arrived promptly, comprises a comprehensive guide. Can comment in detail only on the awning section, which was the issue in hand. This provided every bit of practical advice we needed, and more. A scan of the rest of the book indicates similar support for almost any canvass application one could need.

E. S. J. Larken

awesome book for boaters and cruisers

Rated 5 out of 5
August 3, 2020

Ever wanted to know about canvas? This is the book to have.

JasonP

The Best Canvas Sewing Guide ever

Rated 5 out of 5
June 28, 2017

I didn’t sew at all, I paid to get my pants hemmed. We were heading out on our sailboat to the South Pacific so I took a learn to sew course, bought a Sailrite sewing machine and this Canvas for Cruisers. The book gave me a basic understanding of sewing canvas and together with the online videos from Sailrite I soon was making weather cloths, BBQ cover, replacing the glass on the Dodger, making a sailbag for our new cutter sail, taking the foot off the bottom of the mizzen sail, mending the sail covers, new hatch covers and new cockpit cushion covers including piping and zips. I would not have been able to without this knowledgeable tome. I even made the toolbag at the back of the book for practice!

kaz

Sewing "bible" for cruisers

Rated 5 out of 5
March 29, 2014

The sewing “bible” for cruisers. This is my go to reference book for canvas boat projects. I use her directions, diagrams, and how to’s for specific techniques. Julie’s experience shines through the pages of this book. I have only a few books aboard now that I have a Kindle. This is one of the books that I have aboard and use regularly. In fact the pages are dog eared and marked with red stickies. Thanks, Julie for this treasure trove of detailed information. Get a copy for your boat sewing projects!

Annette Baker

Lots of information!

Rated 5 out of 5
January 15, 2021

Great book, lots of information on heavy duty sewing and projects. It’s all you need!

Aleen Robinson

A thorough practical guide for cruising vessels

Rated 5 out of 5
August 26, 2020

The book, which arrived promptly, comprises a comprehensive guide. Can comment in detail only on the awning section, which was the issue in hand. This provided every bit of practical advice we needed, and more. A scan of the rest of the book indicates similar support for almost any canvass application one could need.

E. S. J. Larken

awesome book for boaters and cruisers

Rated 5 out of 5
August 3, 2020

Ever wanted to know about canvas? This is the book to have.

JasonP

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