|Protective patch on the sprayhood|
Having leather items on board a sailing boat is not a good idea. They are prone to mould in the salty damp air so have to be watched and frequently aired. I learnt the hard way, a small leak through the deck found its way into my hanging locker and thence to a cloth bag containing the remnants of a life time of handbag collecting - result three mould covered lumps but leather is extremely durable. Despite what the manufacturers may have instructed a good wash under a cold marina tap and a bit of a soak in Vanish then fabric conditioner followed by some time in the sun restored them to a usable, sweet smelling state once more. Fortunately none of my bags are large or suede.
|Turks Heads on the central spoke|
Forward at the pulpit (the stainless steel frame at the bow) leather covers the taped pins that hold the guard wires in place to prevent the metalwork wearing away the genoa. These pieces, one either side of the bow regularly need replacing, lasting sometimes a year occasionally two and our supply of leather, scraps from when the sprayhood was refurbished a few years ago, was almost depleted.
|View of the pulpit|
|Port side is ok for now|
|Starboard side worn out leather|
The mid brown thick leather smelt wonderful and was exactly what we needed. How much? Kevin tried to barter then faltered as his brain whirred through a quick conversion to pounds and realised that it was a tiny price. So after a quick visit to the ATM to get the cash we paid a grand sum of three hundred dirhams (£22.70) for a whole hide (You can buy a similar one online in the UK for about £100, certainly that was the price of the hide used to refurbish the sprayhood several years ago). The plastic carrier bag was heavy to carry home but Temptress now has a life times supply of strong, supple leather. I'll ensure that there is sufficient to cover the wheel should we have to and plenty to make pulpit patches, then what else can I use it for? Perhaps another handbag?
|A whole hide|