How to Make Boat Grab Rail Covers

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Teak grab rails give sailboats a beautiful, classic aesthetic, especially when the teak has been newly oiled and refinished. The sun will quickly cause the teak to fade so keeping those grab rails looking fresh and new can take a lot of work. Adding a UV resistant cover to your grab rails will keep the teak looking fresh for longer so you can spend less time polishing and more time enjoying your boat. Today we’re going to share with you how to make your own custom grab rail covers.

DIY grab rail covers will keep your brightwork looking great!

Our grab rail cover is a simple design. We used Sunbrella Marine Grade fabric and secured the cover with snaps on webbing straps. This method gives a secure attachment and does not require you to put snaps in your boat’s deck. To give the cover a professional, finished look, we added a Sunbrella Acrylic Binding to the edges.

Watch the video for step-by-step instructions on how to measure your grab rails, pattern the fabric, sew the cover together, install edging and snaps, and secure the cover on your boat.

Video Chapters:

  • Measuring & Patterning – 0:32 min.
  • Sewing Strips Together – 1:53 min.
  • Installing Edging – 3:19 min.
  • Finishing & Installing Snaps – 5:11 min.
  • Materials List – 9:39 min.

Materials List:

  • Sunbrella® Marine Grade Fabric (we used Sunbrella Jockey Red #6003-0000)
  • V-92 Polyester or Tenara Thread
  • Sunbrella® 1” Acrylic Binding (we used Jockey Red #331)
  • 1” Polypropylene Webbing (we used Red #100085)
  • 1” White Polyester Webbing #531600
  • DOT® Snap Fastener Cloth-to-Cloth #333001

Tools List:

  • Tape Measure #102986
  • 1" Swing-Away Binder #100103
  • Soapstone Fabric Marking Pencil #102766
  • Sailrite® Edge Hotknife #103800
  • Snap Installation Tool (we used the Pres-N-Snap #109011)
  • Sewing Machine
  • Pencil
  • Straight edge
  • Scissors

Have you ever made your own grab rail covers? Share your tips and advice in the comments!