November 28

What is a Power Pole Anchor?

Sport fishing is all about capitalizing an opportunity and making the most of your time on the water. With the unmatched versatility of Power-Pole, you have a shallow water anchor that deploys silently, holds strong and gives you the best shot at putting more fish in the boat – all at the touch of a button. Power-Pole puts control in the palm of your hand.

The smooth and quiet operation of the hydraulics makes the Power-Pole anchors the ultimate accessory for unmatched boat control while fishing. The deployed anchor holds firmly with the virtually indestructible Ever Flex spike while not damaging any bottom grasses or reefs. The electric micro driver system has been designed, tested and refined to offer you the fastest stopping time on the water, with no transom damage. When you want to stop quickly, nothing grabs and holds the bottom better. If you happen to drive off with your Power-Pole spike down, it might hurt your pride a little, but that’s it. With a hydraulic system that includes Drive-off-Protection, your transom is always safe and secure.

Take a look at all the Power-Pole anchors and choose the model that’s right for your boat and fishing style!

Power-Pole Anchors

 

November 23

Pioneer RV Awning – No More Springs

Pioneer RV Awning

 

There isn’t a manual awning on the market that beats out the Pioneer RV Awning when it comes to looks, durability or ease of use. All you need to do when you’re ready to deploy the awning is crank it out. Once the canopy is unwound, slide the single track slider arm up to the roller and tighten the rafter knobs.

When you’re ready to retract, just crank it back in, lower the roller tube, loosen the rafter knobs,and slide the rafter arms into the closed position. Now all you have to do is crank the awning shut, cranking in the opposite direction. Again, there’s no awning locks. The crank assembly takes care of keeping the awning in place. There’s no straps or locks to hassle with, and no roller spring to break or wear out.

The Pioneer awning comes in widths from 8 feet to 21 feet, and has an 8-foot extension. You have a choice of vinyl or acrylic canopies, each with a selection of colors. The hardware is available in either white, black or satin.

Specifications and Features:

  • Operation: Manual Crank
  • Roller Length: 8′ – 21′ in one foot increments (center arm to center arm)
  • Canopy max extension: 8′ (standard)
  • Fabric: Choice of vinyl or acrylic
  • Weatherguard: Vinyl (white or matching), Uniguard (satin, white or black) or Alumaguard (satin, white or black)
  • Arm Lengths: Awning rail to floor line range of 68″ – 81″
  • Arms Weight: approx. 35 lbs.
  • Arm color: Satin, White or Black
  • View hardware color swatches
  • Roller Pitch Drop: Fully adjustable as traditional spring-loaded patio awnings.

For more information, download any of the following documents, or give us a call at 800-780-8677.

Pioneer Manual Crank Awning Installation Manual
Pioneer Manual Crank Upgrade
Pioneer Manual Crank Awning Owners Manual
Pioneer Illustrated Parts List

November 16

Sunbrella Care and Cleaning

One of the best ways to keep Sunbrella® fabrics looking good is to hose fabrics off on a monthly basis with clear water. This helps prevent dirt from becoming deeply embedded in the fabric and eliminates the need for more frequent vigorous cleaning. In most environments, a thorough cleaning will be needed every two to three years. Here are some helpful cleaning tips to keeping your Sunbrella fabric looking new:

GENERAL OR LIGHT CLEANING
• Brush off loose dirt.
• Hose down.
• Prepare a cleaning solution of water and mild soap such as Woolite or Dawn dishwashing liquid.
• Use a soft bristle brush to clean.
• Allow cleaning solution to soak into the fabric.
• Rinse thoroughly until all soap residue is removed.
• Air dry.
• May not require re-treatment depending on the age of the fabric.

HEAVY CLEANING FOR STUBBORN STAINS AND MILDEW Sunbrella fabrics do not promote mildew growth, however, mildew may grow on dirt and other foreign substances that are not removed from the fabric. To clean stubborn stains:
• Prepare a solution of 1 cup of bleach and 1/4 cup mild soap per gallon of clean water.
• Allow mixture to soak into fabric for up to 15 minutes.
• Clean with soft bristle brush.
• Rinse thoroughly until all soap residue is removed.
• Air dry.
• Repeat if necessary.
• Re-treatment of fabric for water and stain resistance will be necessary.

As part of the finishing process, Sunbrella fabrics are treated with a fluorocarbon finish, which enhances water repellency. This finish is designed to last for several years, but must be replenished after a thorough cleaning. Based on test results, Glen Raven® recommends 303® Fabric Guard™ as the preferred re-treatment product for Sunbrella fabrics.

303 fabric products for Sunbrella

Call us today at (800)780-8677 to order your 303 Fabric Cleaner!

November 10

Winterizing your boat

 

One of the key elements of successfully winterizing your boat is covering it properly. This will protect your investment from rain, sun and animals like raccoons and rats looking for shelter from wind and cold. It also keeps leaves and debris from clogging scuppers and causing the boat to flood when a downpour happens or snow melts. It keeps snow from accumulating in the cockpit and forcing the boat underwater in its slip or damaging thru-hull fittings on the boat when meltwater freezes.

Our Carver custom-fit boat covers are made specifically for a make and year model boat, providing the absolute best, “glove-like” fit.

Our custom-fit boat covers feature:

– Heavy duty 1/4” draw rope encased in hem for easy installation and snug fit.

– Sewn in pad for use with optional boat cover support pole.

– Vinyl reinforcements sewn in at stress points.

– Motor covers are provided for outboard models. Customized separate motor covers are available on some models.

To order your custom boat cover call us today at (800) 780-8677 or online at Boat Covers Online.

November 4

Time to Save Some Money

Save money on boat covers, rv awningsand moreFrom now until the end of the year, we’re offering a $20 discount on any online purchase of $200 or more. Just click on the coupon below to visit our online store. During the checkout process, enter “fallspecial” where it asks for the coupon code. Or, if you’d rather, give us a call at 800-780-8677 and place your order over the telephone.

This offer is good for boat covers, rv awnings, power poles, and any other products we sell online.

October 17

What Is Sunbrella?

sunbrella_logoPerhaps you’ve heard the name, Sunbrella, and are wondering just what it is and why so many people use it on their boats, awnings, outdoor furniture, and other outdoor areas. While there are many other fabrics suitable for outdoor use, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a fabric that matches Sunbrella’s style, durability and protective qualities. That’s why Sunbrella offers a 10-year warranty on its shade and marine fabrics.

To start with, Sunbrella is 100% solution-dyed woven acrylic. Natural fibers such as cotton provide fertile grounds for mold and mildew to accumulate, and are vulnerable to the harmful effects of UV rays and environmental pollutants. Woven acrylics avoid much of this, especially when kept clean and dry.

“Solution-dyed” means that the color is actually infused into the fabric fibers themselves. This offers the best swathsprotection against fading and bleeding.

Sunbrella is also extremely strong. Below are some of the specifications:

Hydrostatic Test: AATCC 127-1998 – 40 cm
Oil Repellency: AATCC 118-1997 – Grade 5
Break Strength: warp 285 lbs., filling 180 lbs.
Tear Strength: warp 12 lbs., filling 8 lbs.
Tabor Stiffness: ASTM D1388-96 – 12.0
Wyzenbeek Abrasion-Wire Screen: 40,000 cycles
Cal Tech 117 CS 191-53 Class I Pass
Colorfastness: SAE 1960J Grade 4 – 1500 hours

The Skin Cancer Foundation has given Sunbrella its Seal of Recommendation, and the Greenguard Organization has recognized Sunbrella as being safe for use in environments such as schools and healthcare facilities.

Scotties Catalog sells the complete line of Sunbrella products. You can purchase them online, or give us a call at 800-780-8677. For more information, you can download the guides below:

 

Sunbrella Cleaning Guide

Sunbrella Fabrication Guide

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October 3

Securing Your Boat Cover

Securing Your Boat Cover

There are various methods used to secure a cover to your boat. If you have a strong preference, this can influence the type of boat cover you should be looking at.

top_snapperMany factory and custom covers use snaps. Snaps offer a snug and secure solution. However, over time, snaps can corrode and fabrics can shrink, making it hard to snap and/or unsnap your cover. The Top Snapper is a handy little tool that helps you snap and unsnap taut covers. If your cover has shrunk to the point where you can’t snap it on at all, you can always purchase (or have made) a set of snap extensions. Usually made with 1″ webbing, these extensions can be made to any desired length, and have a cap/socket pair on one end and a snap stud on the other.

Another method used to secure boat covers is to have a rope or shock cord sewn into the length of the extensionshem. Our selection of semi-custom boat covers have shock cords, which are simple and convenient to use. However, if you plan to trailer with one of these covers, or if you anticipate the cover being exposed to high winds, you’ll want to further secure it to the boat. Our online covers all include 1″ webbing loops sewn into the hem every 30″ or so. You can use these loops with rope, bungees or tie-downs to secure your cover to the trailer. For mooring applications, we’ve recently added a sandbag mooring kit to our lineup.

With ropes sewn into the hem (as found on the custom covers we have online), there’s usually an opening sandbagwhere you can cinch the rope tight and knot it. A rope-ratchet can be purchased, which adds leverage when tensioning the rope. Still, making use of the webbing loops to further secure the cover is a good idea, especially when trailering.

Regardless of the method used to secure it, a boat cover is a necessity when it comes to preserving your investment. Whether you want to go the custom route or feel that a semi-custom cover best suits your needs, Scotties Canvas can help. Give us a call today at 800-780-8677 with all of your marine canvas needs.

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August 20

The Bimini Top – Not Just for Boats Anymore

The Bimini Top – Not Just for Boats Anymore

Bimini tops are for boats, right? Yes, but…. Here’s a few other vehicles that have taken advantage of the shade offered by a bimini top.

swamp_buggies

You’d likely have to live in the south to recognize this vehicle. It’s a swamp buggy, and you can believe the passengers are happy to have a bimini top offering up a little shade in the hot, muggy swamps.

canoe

Okay, this is a watercraft. But how many people have entertained the idea of adding a bimini top to their canoe or kayak? Not many, we imagine.

boatcar

At first glance, this looks like a boat, but it has four wheels for road use. We can’t decide whether this is a coat or a bar.

thing

Ah, yes. The iconic Volkswagon Thing. We don’t know why, but this seems like a natural for a bimini.

golf_cart

We’ve seen a few golf carts adorned with bimini tops. Here’s a good example.

 

trike

We saved the strangest for last. Here’s a rather odd bimini top on a rather odd trike.

Are you using a bimini top on something other than a boat? Email us your picture to support@scottiescatalog.com. We’d love to see it.

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August 15

RV Camping in Winter

RV Camping in Winter

It’s already August. Autumn soon will be giving way to winter. Unless you’re getting ready to head south, it’s time to prep and store your RV, right? Not necessarily. Cold winds and snow don’t have to put an end to your RV adventuring. With some thought and preparation, you can enjoy the RV lifestyle year-round.

Water

winter_rv01When water freezes, it expands. This can damage pipes, hoses and holding tanks. The best solution is to keep them empty as much as possible. Have a gallon of water handy that you can pour into the toilet when you are ready to use it. Fill your fresh water tank, then disconnect your hose and empty it (never store hoses with water still in them). Empty your black and grey water holding tanks before you start your trip. Add antifreeze (made specifically for RVs) to help avoid freezing. Add it to through your sink or shower for grey-water tanks and through your toilet for black-water tanks. Insulate and, when possible, heat all of the hardware that holds water. For example, special heating pads can be purchased that are specifically designed for holding tanks.

Insulation

It’s important to keep the heat inside and the cold outside. Be sure that windows and doors seal tight. Caulk the windows, if necessary. Make sure all weatherstripping is in good shape. Make well-insulated winter_rv02curtains (the material used for oven mitts is a good choice) for all of your windows. You can also cut pieces of foil-backed foam insulation to fit your windows. Class A and Class C owners can create an insulated curtain that divides the living area from the cockpit, reducing the area that needs to be heated. If your RV isn’t carpeted, throw rugs can help insulate the floor (and keep those toes warm during a trip to the toilet in the middle of the night). You’ll also want to address the roof vents. Foam insulation cut to size is one way to go or, for a little more money, you can get special pillows designed to fit in the vents.

Heat Sources

winter_rv03Of course, all of the insulation in the world won’t matter if you don’t have a heat source. Your best source of heat is a factory vented heater. Be sure to test it before you begin your trip. Unvented propane heaters, electric space heaters and catalytic heaters are okay as suppliments. You’ll want to keep a window cracked for ventilation, and with propane you’ll want to be sure there’s a refill station within reach. One nifty alternative is the wood-burning stove. Wood burners made specifically for RV camping are available, and put out quite a bit of heat. You can cook on them and use them to heat up your RV without adding any moisture to the air.

Why is humid air a concern? Condensation, mold and mildew. Use an electric dehumidifier or purchase packets of dessicant crystals to help control the humidity. Crack a window to vent the moisture. You really don’t want to wake up to walls and a ceiling coated with ice.

And don’t forget nature’s heat source, the sun. When you choose a camping spot, try to park where you can benefit from hours of sunlight.

Misc

When you park, place boards under your tires and jacks. One balmy day could turn your camping site into a quagmire, stranding your RV in mud. Once parked, use insulated boards or fender skirts to help keep cold air from underneath the RV. Since there’s times when the weather will keep you inside your RV for hours, you might be tempted to invest in a TV. If so, go for an LED set, not LCD. The latter will freeze if it gets too cold.

There’s more work and planning involved when you decide to go camping in the winter, but there’s benefits as well. Year-round campgrounds will be far less crowded during the winter months, and nature provides plenty of serene beauty.

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July 2

Carefree Eclipse RV Awning

Carefree 12 Volt Eclipse RV Awning

 

You’ve driven all day and now it’s time to set up camp. Oh, yeah. The awning. Sigh.

With an Eclipse RV awning, forget the hassle. Push a button and the awning opens. No locks. No latches. Add the Direct Response option, and you won’t even have to worry about retracting the awning if the wind picks up.

eclipse rv awning extendedThe truss-support arms scissor in and out, offering great head clearance while adding to the strength and stability of the awning. Each arm is independently adjustable so that you can set the pitch for more shade or efficient rain release. Set the pitch once and forget about it. The arms will still retract and, the next time you extend your Eclipse, return to the same pitch settings as before.

Hardware comes in your choice of white, black or satin. You can select either vinyl, armored vinyl (with alumaguard) or acrylic for a canopy. Take a look at the Eclipse manuals:

Owner’s Manual

Installation Manual

For more information, or to order online, go to RV Awnings Online. If you’d rather, you can call us at 800-780-8677.

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