How to Wrap a Boat Steering Wheel

Written by nadia nygaard
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Customising your boat steering wheel with a wrap is a good way to improve the looks of your boat and gives you better gripping and handling of your steering wheel. With so much moisture around your steering wheel, a better grip means you are more in control of your boat. Installing a cover on your boat steering wheel is nearly identical to installing one on a car steering wheel.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Flexible measuring tape
  • Vinyl cleaner
  • Steering wheel cover
  • Needle
  • Lacing string

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  1. 1

    Measure your steering wheel to determine what size wheel cover to purchase. Stretch your measuring tape across the centre of your wheel to get the diameter. Wrap the tape around the thickest part of the grip part of the wheel to get the grip circumference.

  2. 2

    Purchase a wheel wrap based upon the measurements you took.

  3. 3

    Clean your steering wheel with the vinyl cleaner and a soft, dry cloth. Allow the wheel to dry completely.

  4. 4

    Sit in the driver's seat with the wheel wrap in your hands. Align the cover so that the seam is at the lower centre spoke. Fit the wheel cover over the steering wheel snugly, positioning the opening at the back of the steering wheel.

  5. 5

    Thread the needle with the lacing string. Measure approximately 100 millimetres of lacing to leave hanging at the spot where you begin lacing. You will need this to tie off the string when you are done lacing.

  6. 6

    Pull the thread through the holes at the top of the left hand spoke from the back hole to the front. Repeat the lacing, drawing the thread back around to the back hole and through the back and front holes. Loop the lace close to the front hole and bring the needle through the loop to make a single knot. Loop the lace again and bring the needle through the middle of the loop, positioning the knot on top of the first knot, to make a double knot.

  7. 7

    Draw the lacing string through the next set of holes, from back to front. Continue lacing until you reach the next spoke. Double-lace and double-knot the string at the last set of holes before the spoke as you did with the last spoke. If there are any holes around the spoke, only lace through the holes at the back of the spoke, using a running stitch. A running stitch is when you draw the lace in the first hole and out the next, repeating the manoeuvre until you reach the bottom of the spoke. Double-lace and double-knot the lacing at these holes, too.

  8. 8

    Continue lacing. Pull the stitches tightly as you lace to keep water from seeping underneath the cover.

  9. 9

    Insert the needle through the last holes in the cover. Pass the needle underneath the previous two or three stitches. Tie the remainder of the string to the 100 millimetres you measured off in the beginning in a tights square knot. Tie a square knot as if you were beginning to tie a shoelace, performing that motion twice.

  10. 10

    Trim off the excess string.

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