December 19

Perfect Fit Bimini Top

Never purchase a bimini top with wire hooks or plastic eye straps! These are key stress points that require quality fittings to prevent your top from failing.

Our semi custom Carver bimini tops are available in a selection of carefully engineered fabrics to provide protection for you in a wide variety of colors to compliment your boat. Over 30 years of developing patterns for a vast array of boat manufacturers and model years has enabled us to create the most comprehensive database of bimini tops for boats ranging from model year 1958 to present. We currently have over 17,000 pattern applications in a variety of fabrics and colors to give you the most extensive selection available. Carver bimini tops are available in 2-bow, 3-bow and 4-bow round tube, and 4-bow square tube to suit virtually any type of boat.

All standard tops are constructed of 7/8″ brite-dipped anodized heavy wall aluminum tubing with high grade black nylon fittings. Stainless steel fitting upgrades are also available as well as complete 7/8″ 316 grade stainless steel frames.

2-BOW BIMINI TOPS

Carver 2-Bow bimini tops are suitable for V-Hull Fishing Boats and Jon Boats, providing the boater a simple and economical barrier of protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

3-BOW BIMINI TOPS

Carver 3-Bow bimini tops are suitable for a wide variety of boats. 3-Bow bimini tops are available in an assortment of heights, from 30″ high for tournament ski boats to 36″-46″ high for V-Hulls and cuddy cabins to 54″-60″ high for center console fishing boats! With three fabrics and 18 stock colors to choose from (and over 40 additional colors available by special order), Carver 3-Bow tops are the best way to protect yourself from the elements while attractively complimenting your boat!

4-BOW BIMINI TOPS

Carver 4-Bow Bimini Tops are suitable for larger boats such as center console fishing boats. At 8-feet long, 4-Bow tops provide extra coverage and are available in four heights.

Click here to order your semi custom bimini top. If you have any questions please call us at (800) 780-8677.

 

December 14

Buena Vista Add A Room

Carefree Buena Vista Room fits most brands of traditional and 12 Volt awnings with vertical arms. It’s lightweight, convenient and easy to set up. Nearly doubles your living space. Just attach it to your awning, and you’re done. Setting up the Buena Vista is quick and easy. The door can be mounted on the left or right side, and there’s an easy to use wall seal. It takes less than 15 minutes to set up. It’s perfect for picnics and relaxation. When you’re ready to hit the road again, it goes back into a convenient storage bag. There’s an extension panel for odd-sized rooms. Features include ground stakes and skirting. Clear weather-view zippered panels on the outside keep rain out, and the zippered panels on the inside are for privacy. Includes a one piece skirt. Complete room, fits awnings with vertical arms, awning sizes 10 Feet to 11 Feet center arm to center arm measurement of awning frame. Fits awnings rail to ground measurements of 86 inch to 120 Inch. Here is a demonstration on how to install your Carefree Buena Vista Room.

 

 

To order your own Buena Vista Room Click Here

If you have any questions on your order call us at (800) 780-8677.

 

December 5

Gift Ideas for a New Boat Owner

If the friend or loved one on your gift shopping list has recently become the proud owner of a new boat, then you’re in luck! Buying a boat is just the first step. Much like new homeowners, a new boat owner often has a long list of things they’ll need to add or replace in order to make their boat “just right.”

To help get your gift search started off on the right foot, I’ve put together a list of recommended gifts. Although there are a ton of things that need to be added or replaced on a new boat, different boats generally require different gear, so in my list I’ve tried to stick to items that are universal.

Best Gifts for a New Boat Owner

pontoon_coverWhether you’re looking for a simple storage cover to top your boat or a durable, tailorable custom cover, your search should always begin at Boat Covers Online. We offer three different lines of boat covers to meet your needs and your pocketbook – Styled-to-Fit Semi- Custom Boat Covers, FlexFit Storage Covers, and our Prepatterned Custom-Fit Boat Covers.

biminitopKeep cool on the water and protect yourself from a sunburn with a new bimini top. Boat Covers Online offers a variety of width/height combinations in 2, 3, and 4-bow configurations. All tops are constructed of 7/8 brite-dipped anodized heavy wall aluminum tubing with high grade black nylon fittings, and have a double-walled main bow for added strength.

combokitOur 303 Combo Kit contains one each of the 303 Fabric and Vinyl Cleaner and 303 High Tech Fabric Guard. The fabric and vinyl cleaner is your BEST choice for cleaning indoor and outdoor fabrics, upholster, carpeting, and vinyl. Perfect for cleaning boat covers, boat cushions, and bimini top canvas. Non-toxic, biodegradable and rinses residue free. Keep the inside and outside of your boat looking new!

To see your full list of boaters needs and accessories check out Boat Covers Online. If you have any questions, contact us at (800) 780-8677.

 

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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