The most common type of boat snaps you will want to install on your boat canvas is Dot fasteners.
An equally troublesome problem is the boat cover snaps actually pulling through the canvas from a tear or an enlarged hole. Professionals mostly use a Press-n-snap tool built by hoover to set snaps, but it is costly and over kill for the DIY boat snap installer. Boat cover snaps can be set with an anvil style set tool as pictured below, but the press style snap tools do a more professional crimp. TIP The vice grips in this kit are bigger than average, so don't buy the dies by themselves because they may not fit on the tool you have at home. Professionals install these fasteners using a expensive hand punch tool and again are not practical for the DIY boater. The curtain fastener (twist fastener} and the Lift-The-Dot fasteners all come with two parts a€“ the 4 prong male top side and the female backing plate which sandwiches the fabric between itself and the male side, using the prongs to crimp down and hold tight the backing plate. Both of these boat cover snaps fastener can be installed with a little patience and without expensive tools. 8.Insert your male Curtain or LTD fasteners into the hole and crimp the prongs down over your female backing plate on the back side.
After you drill any hole in fiberglass you will need to countersink the hole, this just means that you need to clean away the sharp edges of fiberglass from the opening of the hole.
Just spin the phillips head in the drilled hole while asserting pressure and you will clear away a nice opening as shown in the photo below.
Now test screw by hand, your #8 screw stud or your Lift-the-Dot stud into your fiberglass hole, applying firm downward pressure as you twist . If as you go, you feel too much resistance and the fiberglass feels too thick stop (you are in danger of twisting of the screw, stripping your screw head or worse, cracking the fiberglass). This will help you get a feel for drilling into the varying thicknesses of your boats fiberglass.
You can install a screw stud into thin aluminum using the right drill bit and phillips head bit for putting in the screw.
If your boat snaps have pulled out of the fiberglass and left an enlarged hole, you have a couple of different choices. First choice would be to try a screw stud with a #10 screw base and to see if it is large enough to hold in the fiberglass.


If the hole is still too large you can use a plastic drywall anchor like this one, they do come in varying sizes. Repairing your own screw studs and boat cover snaps is easy and something any DIY guy or gal can do for themselves. A Christian based children's home for boys and girls in crisis and in need of hope and healing. The isinglass had shrunk to the point that installing it was an all-morning job, with some snaps totally unusable due to the material shrinkage. I got a chance to install these yesterday and just thought I'd get back to you to let you know that they worked perfectly for me. Tammy has become a valuable resource to my BoatButler business, and she has actually created sort of a "cult" following among my customers. With your zippers in place we could button up all of the canvas and make a very nice weather tight space which made our boating season very enjoyable.
I will be sharing your zipper solution with other boating friends and will be sure to mention the excellent customer service too. The most common snap used on canvas boat covers are glove button fasteners, or durable-type snaps.
Even though they look like glove buttons, note the words Pull the Dot on the top of the snap button.
You must have JavaScript enabled in your browser to utilize the functionality of this website. Marine Products has been awarded the Indmar CSI Award for Outstanding Customer Satisfaction, 7 Consecutive Years in a row. An ideal way to prolong the life of your boat cover this tape adds strength and tear-resistance along seams stress points creases and corners. First make sure the canvas where the boat snap is being installed is reinforced so the snap will not rip through the fabric.
Center the chalked prongs over your original snap mark on the fabric and touch the tips of the prongs to the fabric and transfer chalk marks.
Flip your pronged male fastener over, position and mark the oval center hole that is between the four prongs.
Putting a block of wood under your fabric, use your tiny tip flat head screw driver and tap with hammer to punch the holes for your prongs.


Next use the same technique to start a pilot hole in the center, finishing with a pair of sharp scissors, carefully cutting the oval hole in the fabric. In 30 years doing this I did break a side windshield and getting the glass replaced was a huge pain. I really was preparing to purchase a complete new canvas set, but hated to spend the money-especially since the canvas is still in excellent shape. When they're held by a person that truly cares about her customers, brings honesty, creativity and passion to her work, you have just described Tammy Hampton. I have been in to two local shops for estimates on a new canvas enclosure for my little boat. Dot fasteners and Fasnap are two common names.They consist of a button and socket which are crimped together and become the female snap in the canvas.
So if you are unsure of where your glass lays inside the metal windshield get help or hire a professional. Better known as "The Cover Girl," Tammy has been both a friend, mentor and business partner for nearly twenty years.
Both commented that they were happy to have a customer who knew what he wanted and was familiar with the material and options available. I am the past commodore of a Boat Club up here in the great lakes region and have many boating friends. Then you have the eyelet and stud that are crimped together and form the male snap in the canvas. I am sure that once I show them how great your product works you will be getting more orders.
I don't mean where you grab it and turn it, I mean where you use the tip of your index finger to spin it in a circle and it moves freely.
She has yet to meet a challenge for which she could not find a creative and effective solution.




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