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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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Rated 5 out of 5
January 25, 2017

Hello Julie,
Your book arrived the other day and “wow” the book exceeds my expectations. Thank you so much for all your hard work and authoring something useful and informative when sewing canvas.
The details in the illustrations are very clear and understandable. It is often that has not been the case with other DIY books I’ve purchased. My husband and I are just now retired and planning for the youth of our old age, half year live aboard, cruising Florida and Caribbean. Your book will be one in our ships library as reference for all future canvas projects.
Kind Regards,
Rebecca

Rebecca

Excellent reference manual for all things to do with boat canvas work

Rated 5 out of 5
November 13, 2016

Brilliant book for a beginner at sewing who wants to make things for the boat. I’ve been using it to learn to use my new sewing machine and I’m nearly ready to start on a winter of real projects. It is based around American products but these are available as European versions too – a bit of googling required…

BOB LOOMES

One of 3 of my go-to manuals

Rated 5 out of 5
January 7, 2016

Great book, great instructions. Good tips. One of 3 of my go-to manuals.

K Pettersen

great buy for seamer

Rated 5 out of 5
February 10, 2015

Bought it for a friend, she lives it.

Steven C

The greatest Sewing book ever

Rated 5 out of 5
August 13, 2014

One of the most formidable sewing books I have read

Gypsy Soul

Wow....

Rated 5 out of 5
January 25, 2017

Hello Julie,
Your book arrived the other day and “wow” the book exceeds my expectations. Thank you so much for all your hard work and authoring something useful and informative when sewing canvas.
The details in the illustrations are very clear and understandable. It is often that has not been the case with other DIY books I’ve purchased. My husband and I are just now retired and planning for the youth of our old age, half year live aboard, cruising Florida and Caribbean. Your book will be one in our ships library as reference for all future canvas projects.
Kind Regards,
Rebecca

Rebecca

Excellent reference manual for all things to do with boat canvas work

Rated 5 out of 5
November 13, 2016

Brilliant book for a beginner at sewing who wants to make things for the boat. I’ve been using it to learn to use my new sewing machine and I’m nearly ready to start on a winter of real projects. It is based around American products but these are available as European versions too – a bit of googling required…

BOB LOOMES

One of 3 of my go-to manuals

Rated 5 out of 5
January 7, 2016

Great book, great instructions. Good tips. One of 3 of my go-to manuals.

K Pettersen

great buy for seamer

Rated 5 out of 5
February 10, 2015

Bought it for a friend, she lives it.

Steven C

The greatest Sewing book ever

Rated 5 out of 5
August 13, 2014

One of the most formidable sewing books I have read

Gypsy Soul

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