Template Making Instructions
The recommended pattern material to use is:
- Brown masking/contractors paper. ( or clear 3mil plastic sheet) Can be purchased at Home Depot, Lowes or any other hardware store.
- Masking tape. 1” and 2”
- Pencil or Crayon.
- (marker for clear plastic)
1. Lay template material out over the deck and secure in place with tape. Make holes in the paper and tape down over the holes so the paper is as smooth and as flat as possible.
2. With a pencil, mark the shape of
the deck, you can use the non-skid pattern or to
the size you desire. Use a pencil or Peel off
the Crayon label and put it on its side over the
paper and rub on the perimeter of the nonskid
pattern of your deck to copy the pattern on the
paper. Write how far you want to offset to the
outside of the tracing usually ¼ to ¾. (If you
are using the nonskid as a guide, check to see
if it does follow the edges the way you want.)
(If you are using the clear plastic, use the marker to trace the pattern.)
3. Mark the direction of the planks on each
template with a straight edge. If you had to
tape paper together for large areas, draw a few
lines crossing over both papers so In the event
the pieces were to separate, we would know the
location. Do not cut out the hatches.
Write down useful information on the template.
For example: 3” diameter. Mark reference lines
from one template to the other and name them
alphabetically. For example if you have a step
to the cockpit that you would like the plank
lines to match, draw a straight line from one to
the other template and name it “A” on both
templates where they meet. The next alignment
line would be called “B” and so on.
Because Patterns that are long and narrow do not retain their alignment, a straight line must be drawn using a straightedge down the length of the pattern (use 2 lines if needed) so that we can re-align the pattern.
4. With a 2 inch masking tape, tape X marks on your templates. This would help the paper to retain its shape.
5. If there are radiused edges, rough cut the area then by over lapping the masking tape build up the radiused corner.
6. Please write your name and the make and model of your boat including your phone number. Also e-mail photos of the areas you wish to cover; this would help our staff greatly!
- Have you checked the template accuracy, especially around corners, fittings and hatch areas?
- Have you marked the direction of the planks on every template?
- Have you marked reference lines between decks?
- Have you marked a straight line on long and narrow patterns?
- Have you written down your name and contact details?
If you answered yes and are satisfied with your effort, roll it up and send it to us, we will do the rest.
We are continuously updating our pattern making instructions so any feedback you can give us will be greatly appreciated.
Please do not hesitate to call us. We are looking forward to assist you with any questions you may have.
We look forward to building your NuTeak deck.