As with any product made of cloth and flexible plastics, there are many different ways of constructing the same item; some are good, some not so good. We have tried many of these methods to end up with this one based on excellence in Craftsmanship.
We use 7/8-inch, 1-inch, and super heavy duty 1 and 1/4 inch stainless steel to build biminis and enclosure frames. We bend the frame shoulders at radius of 6, 8, 10, or 12 inches, as deemed appropriate to your vessel.
In the upscale, deluxe trim, the window panels have clear vinyl sandwiched between two fabric layers and sewn with waterproof sealant within the seem to prevent water from penetrating. Most fabric edges hemmed where possible and practical. We ad double/triple fabric, whereas needed for reinforcement. All this makes the product waterproof and robust but also showcases an elegant look
Existing canvas covers are not right to be used as a pattern in our work. They are stretched or shrunk, and, in most cases, they carry the errors of the previous fabricator. Therefore, we take careful measurements, and we make a new pattern for each new, customized enclosure, bimini, or cockpit cover.
Water, Sun, and pollutants deteriorate many fabrics and materials, so we use Sunbrella®, SeaMark®, and Stamoid™ marine-grade fabrics. These offer the best choices for quality, while Sunbrella represents a gold standard in most applications.
Constant exposure to sun, wind, and water takes a toll on materials. Therefore, we only use premium marine-grade, clear vinyl 40 mil thick. We recommend premium brands such as StrataGlass™ and O’Sea®. Both considered equivalent.
We fit all our Bimini tops pockets with zippers. This gives an extra flexibility and the Bimini can easily be installed or removed as needed.
Zippers take a lot of abuse and need to stand up to challenging marine requirements. They have to look good, too. We use industrial-strength #10 Zippers made by YKK Fastening Products Group
Weak points attend any place where there’s a fastening. To ensure that covers don’t tear and fastenings don’t fall off, we add up to 4 layers of reinforcing material (of the same type) to ensure durability and strength.