HERCULITE BLOG

2019 Boating Trends to Watch

Posted by Whitney L. Wagner on Jan 2, 2019 4:37:21 PM

2019 is shaping up to be a big year in the boating world. New technology is set to transform the way people get out on the open water, and the ways they stay connected with their boats (even when landlocked at work). But not everything this year is going to be apps and devices. … some more traditional spaces are changing in ways that benefit boat owners — not to mention first-time boat buyers — in a bigway.

What are the 2019 boating trends to watch? Here we go:

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Topics: Marine Fabrics

Boat Owner Basics: What Are Full Enclosure Boat Tops?

Posted by Craig Zola on Nov 28, 2017 8:26:04 PM

Now that you’ve taken the leap and purchased a new or used boat, what are the next steps you should take to get it ready for use? One of the most common and essential additions to a boat is an enclosure for the cockpit.

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Topics: Marine Fabrics

How to Pick the Right Sailboat Cockpit Enclosure

Posted by Craig Zola on Nov 24, 2017 8:33:00 AM

A sailboat cockpit enclosure is a straightforward piece of hardware that prepares your  your watercraft for use. It’s a rigid frame covered with fabric and see-through enclosure windows/panels that protect you and your passengers from spray, wind, sunshine, and rain.

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Topics: Marine Fabrics

Pros and Cons of DIY Marine Enclosures vs. Going to a Pro

Posted by Craig Zola on Nov 20, 2017 9:03:00 AM

We all like to think of ourselves as handy and capable of doing things ourselves. However, when it comes to projects like DIY marine enclosures, there’s a lot to consider. Let’s take a quick look at the pros and cons of creating and installing your own marine enclosures.

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Topics: Marine Fabrics

What Distinguishes Herculite from Other Marine Vinyl Suppliers

Posted by Craig Zola on Feb 3, 2017 8:54:40 PM

One of the most common textiles used in marine fabrics is vinyl. You might be wondering how can a plastic be a fabric? Well let’s define what vinyl is:

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Topics: Marine Fabrics

Three Reasons Herculite Provides the Best Boat Top Material Fabric for White Boats

Posted by Craig Zola on Feb 1, 2017 1:27:17 PM


Boat covers and boat tops all have one thing in common: fabric. When it comes to your boat, you want to be sure that it’s covered with the best. That’s where
Herculite Inc. steps in. Herculite’s boat top material is one of the best around, especially for white boats using white material.

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Topics: Marine Fabrics

Boat Shade Tops 101: Understanding the Different Type of Covers

Posted by Craig Zola on Jan 18, 2017 4:32:08 PM

Did you just purchase a boat? Are you looking to upgrade your watercraft? If so, it’s helpful to know the different types of boat shade tops and covers. From bimini tops to enclosure curtains, awnings, dodgers and standard covers, there are plenty of options!

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Topics: boat shade cover, Marine Fabrics

How to Make the Pre-owned Boat You Just Bought Look New Again (With a Boat Shade Cover)

Posted by Craig Zola on Jan 17, 2017 8:18:12 PM




If you’ve just bought a pre-owned boat, you know there are pros and cons associated with the purchase. Of course, you’ve likely saved a considerable amount of money. One of the downsides, however, is that your new investment can often look pre-owned, with visible scuffs and
general wear and tear showing. You may want to allocate a small portion of your cost savings for upgrading the boat’s appearance. Small fixes to superficial scratches or dents can definitely help, but for a major revamp, you may want to consider purchasing or replacing a boat shade cover.

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Topics: boat covers, boat shade cover, Marine Fabrics

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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Topics: custom bimini tops, Marine Fabrics

Infographic: Key Characteristics of Quality Boat Top Fabrics

Posted by Craig Zola on Aug 5, 2016 2:13:18 PM

There are a few key factors one must consider when shopping for a new boat top. The most important of those factors is what fabric is being used. There are a wide range of fabrics available, and there are several characteristics to think about when selecting a boat top fabric.

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Topics: Bimini Tops, Boat Cover, Marine Fabrics