Not trying to start an arguement of why the design is like it is.
As many's MC boats have done from this vintage, the stitching on the rear engine cover on my 205V has started to come apart in multiple places. In those years, MC placed stitching in rows every 3-4 inches or so running parallel with the boat. I'm curious, for those who have had this reupholstered, have you gone away from the "rows" and just had a solid sheet of vinyl laid instead? There is so much foot traffic in that area and obviously it is where people sit to get their board on as well. I want to do the best thing for longevity.