Boat season is in full swing and nothing goes better with a boat than sunshine. If you have a boat, you’ll want to make sure to keep your boat in tip-top shape to keep the fun lasting all season. Bimini boat tops cover most motorboats so it might be tempting to take them for granted, but you’ll need to be sure to give them the proper care to keep them working for you.
- Always lower and fold up the Bimini when trailering the boat. The frame isn’t designed to take 55 miles per hour wind-blast, and trailering with it up will cause it to shimmy back and forth (loosening mounts and joints), may even bend the pipework, and will turn any tiny rips in the fabric into massive tears.
- A Bimini top on a boat will keep you cool and shaded so you don’t get a sunburn. But it’s not just you who needs some coverage from the sun. Your boat also needs some TLC, like protection from Ray & Rain Repellant Waterproofing + Anti-fade Protection. Spray the fabric down every spring with Ray & Rain Repellant Waterproofing + Anti-fade Protection. Make sure you do this early in the day so it has plenty of time to dry (you’ll need to give it a thorough wash-down prior to application). You’ll want to give the spray time to dry properly, so don’t do this just before a fishing trip.
- A common way Biminis get damaged is when people hold onto them for stability, while the boat is running through waves—which puts the frame through far more stress than it’s designed for. Watch your Bimini as your boat cruises. If it shakes from side to side add some supports, even if all you can use is straps. If you allow the side-to-side motion to continue unabated, the mounts and joints will loosen over time.
- Use a mild soap but NEVER detergents, and give the canvas a gentle scrub-down every month or so. Getting rid of the dirt and especially bird droppings, which are acidic and will stain the canvas and ruin its waterproofing properties, has a big impact on how long your Bimini will last.
- Regular exposure and cleaning can diminish the water repellency of certain bimini top canvas over time. The water repellent finish used on most bimini top canvas allows water to bead and run off similar to that of a waxed car. When water beading diminishes, we recommend the use of Ray & Rain Repellant Waterproofing + Anti-fade Protection after a thorough cleaning to restore the water repellency of your canvas.
Ray & Rain Repellant® is made for waterproofing fabric and as a weatherproof spray that will prevent water damage, create stain resistance and is formulated to stop sun fading on outdoor fabric. Let us help keep your summer and your mood sunny as you care for your boat! Anti-Fading Fabric Spray