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Sail4beer

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Parma

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yep, biggest "issue" is wear on the stitching from UV & etc., but after 15 years still going strong.

 

ProaSailor

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Leather works well but the OP specifically said "Aside from leather/elkhide...".

I’d think Alcantara would be a nice choice. 
Alcantara For Steering Wheels: 5 Benefits You Should Know
https://autointeriorspecialists.com/blogs/news/alcantara-for-steering-wheels-5-benefits-you-should-know

ALCANTARA VS LEATHER STEERING WHEEL: WHY ALCANTARA FABRIC IS BETTER
https://hydesleather.com/blogs/news/5-myths-about-alcantara-fabric-debunked
https://hydesleather.com/pages/alcantara

 
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gt-MTb

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OP may have said other than leather... but as others have said, there maybe no better choice.

I didn't like the cost of a kit from BoatLeather or alternative commercially available options... so I bought a hide, lacing punch, and did it from scratch.  Less than $70 total, including the tools... all in, about 8-hours for a 42-inch wheel.  The stitching was 6-hrs of that... but honestly one of the most satisfying boat projects I've done.  5438A471-A29F-446D-A3EE-F85534520A8D.jpeg

 
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Remodel

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OP may have said other than leather... but as others have said, there maybe no better choice.

I didn't like the cost of a kit from BoatLeather or alternative commercially available options... so I bought a hide, lacing punch, and did it from scratch.  Less than $70 total, including the tools... all in, about 8-hours for a 42-inch wheel.  The stitching was 6-hrs of that... but honestly one of the most satisfying boat projects I've done.  View attachment 481580
Congrats. Looks good. I like coxcombing on cruising boats and naval vessels. For big, stainless wheels on race boats, it's elk all the way.

 
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