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Breaking Down the Different Types of Shade Tops for Boats

Posted by Craig Zola on May 4, 2017 12:57:00 PM

Shade tops for boats come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and styles, so it’s important to understand the different options available before making an investment. There are four major types of boat shade tops you should consider:

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Buying Guide: What to Look for When Shopping for Custom Bimini Tops

Posted by Craig Zola on Jan 13, 2017 4:41:00 PM

If you’ve recently purchased a pre-owned yacht or boat and are planning to fix it up or completely 
refurbish it, you may be thinking about getting a new bimini top. Bimini tops are open-front canvas or fabric coverings supported by a metal, collapsible frame which serves as a shade structure on a boat. These can be a great addition to any watercraft, whether you’re planning an outing with your family and friends or just want to spend a lazy afternoon fishing.

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Stylish Bimini Tops Provide Protection and Increase a Boat’s Value

Posted by Craig Zola on Jul 7, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Summer is peak boating season and it’s also a time when boat sales experience a significant jump. During the hottest summer days, with the intense sun bearing down, shade can be a lifesaver for boat owners.

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Buying Waterproof Boat Covers

Posted by Craig Zola on Feb 18, 2016 12:51:28 PM

What’s so important about buying a boat cover that’s waterproof? After all, your boat is made to be in the water! Well, you’d be surprised at just how important it is to have a waterproof boat cover.

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Advances in Marine Fabrics and What They Mean for Your Boat

Posted by Craig Zola on Dec 2, 2014 11:30:00 AM


Boats and marine fabrics are as susceptible to trends and fashion as any other industry. Customers want fabrics that are priced competitively, look good, last a long time and are easy to clean. It’s not easy to satisfy all these demands in the challenging marine environment, but innovation in the marine fabrics industry has put products on the market that can meet your customers’ needs.

For those of us in the boat business, it’s important to be responsive to shifting trends. The best place to start is by keeping current with boat fabric trends and the latest innovations that are making yacht fabrics last longer and perform better than ever before.

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Best Boat Covers

Posted by Craig Zola on Jul 8, 2014 6:40:00 PM

When the weather gets rough, boat owners all over the world have to throw anchor and cover their boats. But, there are so many different types of covers. What fabric do you use? Should you customize? What works best for fresh or sea water boats?

One of the best ways to ensure your boat is protected while stored or trailering is to get your cover custom fitted by your local canvas shop and preferably a canvas shop that is a member of the Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) and uses Herculite Inc. as a fabric supplier.

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Fabric Choices for Your Bimini Top

Posted by Craig Zola on Jun 3, 2014 10:16:00 AM

If you’re a boat owner, then you know that having a good bimini top is essential. If you’re looking for a bimini top for the first-time then all the choices out there can be confusing. What kind of frame should you use? What kind of fabric? Does it matter that you take your boat on fresh or salt water?

Let's set sail and take a look at all things related to bimini tops, and hopefully help steer you to the best option for your boat.

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What Marine Fabric Works Best For Bimini Tops?

Posted by Craig Zola on Apr 1, 2013 4:05:00 PM

A key accessory that you or your boat customers will want to obtain is a bimini top.

As you know, one of the risks of whiling away the hours on the water is getting too much direct sunshine. A small investment in a marine fabric bimini top can eliminate this risk and at the same time increase your boating enjoyment by providing a comfortable shade while still allowing that cool breeze off the water to flow through.

The quality of the bimini top fabric is crucial to how it will look on your craft and also to how long it will last over time without deteriorating. When looking for the right one, you should have a checklist of important elements the fabric should have.

Key elements to look for in a good marine fabric are:

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