We carry the finest names - Sunforger, Odyssey III and Top Gun.
Distributor of fabrics including canvas, nylon, polyester, vinyl
& acrylic fabrics. Fabrics are used for industrial, marine,
recreational & active/outerwear applications.
Sunforger 100% Cotton Boat Duck, Marine Finish, Boatshrunk
-Weights: 10.10 oz and 12.63 oz/sq. yard
-Colors: Pearl Gray, Colorless, Suntan. Also available Colorless,
FR per CPAI-84
Sales: $10 - 24.9 Mil
Activities: Distributor, Manufacturer
Year Company Founded: 1974
Brand Names: Sunforger
Officials: Robert Burns, V.P.
Covers: Boat Information
Distributor of boat canopies, covers
or tops including cotton boat duck. Specifications of boat tops
include 10.10 oz./sq.yd. & 12.63 oz./sq. yd. weight. Boat tops
are available in pearl gray, colorless & suntan colors.
The canvas and Care
Most boatowners would be shocked at the amount they have invested
if they took the time to add up the cost of all the canvas products
onboard. A professionally made and fitted set of canvas for many
midsize cruisers can run well over a thousand dollars, while a large
yacht’s complement of fabric can top $10,000. Caring for this investment
pays dividends not only in the boat’s appearance and resale value,
but in its maintenance costs as well.
Even the smallest boat usually has at least one canvas products
onboard. It may be as large as a full boat cover to keep the boat
clean or as small as an outboard motor cover. Larger boats often
have an impressive array of canvas from expensive bimini tops with
elaborate cockpit enclosures or sun awnings to covers for barbeque
grills, hatches and the windlass. Sailboats almost always have even
more canvas in the form of sail covers, dodgers and winch covers.
The first line in defending the longevity of all canvas products
is to keep it clean. Mold and mildew trapped in the fibers will
not go away of their own accord and, once started, will continue
to multiply. These organisms usually only develop in the presence
of dirt and the moisture, which is why they first appear at seams
and areas that stay damp. The stains they leave only become harder
to remove with time.
In addition, grit from dirt and sand abrades the fabric. Salt is
even more invidious when left on the canvas as it is not only abrasive,
but keeps the fabric moist. This combination of abrasiveness and
moisture absorption promotes both structural fabric destruction
and even more mildew growth.
It’s best to have a cleaning routine after each use of the boat
that includes hosing the canvas off. Blasting the fabric with a
stream of clean fresh water after each day’s outing will remove
most loose dirt and salt. Make sure that water doesn’t puddle on
any area of the canvas—this indicates a low spot due to poor fit
and will promote mold and mildew in that one area. If the boat is
stored outside and used infrequently, the canvas should be hosed
off at least monthly. If stored inside on a trailer or in a high-and-dry,
make sure the canvas is completely dry before putting the boat away.
Boats stored indoors in dusty areas should be covered with a cotton
sheet. Don’t use plastic for a cover as it will not allow air to
circulate over the canvas.
Even with regular hosing, fabrics eventually accumulate enough dirt
and grease from handprints and other ground-in debris to require
a more through cleaning. Fish parts, potato chip oil, drips from
boat maintenance, sun screen oils and other sources are inevitable.
If the boat is stored in the water at a slip, the dirt, dust and
pollution in the air alone will form deposits that a simple hose
job won't remove. Perhaps once during the middle of the season,
and again just before laying the boat up, the canvas deserves a
complete cleaning job—in an especially dirty area, attention should
be paid more often.
Cleaning and Inspection
For complete cleaning of fabrics, they must be removed from the
boat. Choose an area with a smooth, nonabrasive surface to conduct
the inspection and cleaning. Never pull canvas across concrete—not
only is the driveway dirty, but cement and asphalt are very abrasive.
A grassy area can be acceptable if there are no sticks, stones or
kid's toys to snag the canvas (you may have to rinse some bits of
grass off when you are done). Best is to lay down a plastic tarp
or vinyl sheet to provide a clean, smooth surface.
After removing all the canvas from the boat, inspect each piece
for damage. Look for areas that are frayed, chafed, or have the
stitching unraveling. Test the fabric around the seams by gently
pulling on the. If the fabric is a victim of UV degradation, or
the stitching is on its last legs, the seam may well give away.
If you find a major problem area and are laying the boat up at the
end of the season, now is the time to take the canvas in for some
professional attention. If this is a midseason cleaning and tying
the canvas up would be inconvenient, you have to judge whether the
problem warrants immediate work. If you decide to wait, make a note
in your maintenance log to remind yourself that repairs are required.
Start your inspection and cleaning by removing any vinyl windows
that are not sewn directly to the fabric. These clear plastic sheets,
often erroneously called Eisenglass, are especially prone to scratching
and can be very expensive to replace. They can be cleaned with a
mild soap solution, or with a very light glass cleaner such as Windex,
but never with harsh detergent or any cleaner with solvents, silicones,
alcohol or bleach.
After a complete rinse, dry with a soft cotton or terrycloth rag,
make sure the washing and drying cloths do not have buttons, zippers
or any other sharp threads that can scratch the window's surface.
Do not dry with newspaper since, unlike glass, vinyl windows will
be scratched by newsprint, and the wet inks may stain adjacent fabric.
Once the vinyl windows and their surrounding frames are completely
dry, apply a plastic cleaner. This will remove hazing and helps
to keep the vinyl windows clear and flexible. There are several
vinyl cleaning products on the market, some multi-part systems,
designed to remove scratches in vinyl that work well.
Canvas products made of an acrylic fabric such as Sunbrella or of
vinyl should also be cleaned using a mild natural soap in lukewarm
water. Do not use water that's uncomfortably hot to your hand and
do not use detergent or chlorine bleach. Areas with stubborn stains
may take a little work with a soft-bristle brush, but take care
how hard and how much you abrade the fabric as it reduces its life.
After cleaning, rinse thoroughly under running water to remove all
traces of the soap, dirt and salt before allowing the fabric to
Pay special attention to snaps and zippers, especially metal ones.
Clean all dirt and corrosion from their surface, an old toothbrush
is a useful tool. When clean, apply a dry silicone lubricant which
does not contain oils that will leave a residue.
While the canvas is drying off the boat, is an excellent time to
work on the stainless steel or aluminum dodger or bimini frames.
Now is the time to clean any spots of corrosion and remove salt
and dirt. After washing with soap and water, a good automotive cleaner-wax
will remove most stains—don’t go after deep rust with a cleanser
such as Ajax or Comet, or an abrasive pad such as steel wool. Use
a good rust remover for tough rust that has pitted into the metal.
Never use chlorine bleach products on stainless steel because they
attack the metal. Coating the metal parts with wax or a product
like Boeshield after it's dry helps keep it shiny for a long time.
Canvas products Storage
The life of all canvas products is enhanced by proper storage.
The first rule is to never store dirty fabrics—the cleaning guidelines
above should be performed before canvas products are put away. The
second rule is that they need to be kept dry. Don’t put the parts
away wet and expect a pristine appearance when the next season begins.
Whether the boat is up north for winter storage or being laid up
in the tropics for the hurricane season, the canvas should be removed
from the boat and thoroughly cleaned before the off-season. Even
when stored inside a building, biminis and dodgers are often damaged
by boatyard workers or by dirt and dust in the air. Frames for winter
covers, and the cover itself, should never be allowed to rest on
top of dodgers or biminis since this allows chafe and usually results
in discoloration. If the area is subject to heavy accumulations
of snow or ice, the metal canvas frames should not be used as part
of the cover structure because they might become misshapen by excess
After cleaning and coating, vinyl windows should be stored lying
flat - rolling them in a large, loose coil is a second-best method.
But never fold windows because this almost guarantees permanent
creases or wrinkles in them. And it should go without saying that
heavy weights should never be placed on top of the vinyl. When storing
windows place a cloth such as a bed sheet or towel between each
panel. Never use anything with an embossed monogram or logo as the
pattern will transfer to the window during storage.
The acrylic and vinyl fabric portions of the canvas can be folded
and stored flat or loosely rolled after cleaning and drying. Don't
put a lot of pressure on folded parts and never store anything heavy
on top of them to avoid breaking the fibers during storage. If you
live in a damp climate, you should choose to store them inside the
house for the off-season. If they must be left in an attic, garage
or basement, slip each canvas item into a plastic bag to keep dirt,
insects and rodents at bay.
Now is the time to send any damaged canvas off to the shop for repair
or replacement. Many canvas shops are overwhelmed with work at the
beginning of the new season but some are so slow during the off-season
that they offer special prices on repairs and replacements.
The Bottom Line
Taking care of canvas may take a few extra minutes every time the
boat is used, an afternoon at midseason and a little extra time
during the layup process. But the rewards are many, a boat that
always looks clean and bright, windows that you can actually see
through, and zippers and snaps that really work, especially when
the next season rolls around. All of these things increase the value
and resale of the boat. But perhaps most importantly, getting six
years use out of a set of canvas instead of only three adds a lot
of extra dollars to the boating budget.