Head above Water – Marine Fabrics and Fasteners

In their dealings with the consumer, the Marine Trimmer has a difficult task in explaining the severity of the boating environment, particularly the effects of UV exposure on fabrics and flexible clear PVC. Starting with illustrations of the types of canopies and the terminology used to describe them, this guide progressively details information relevant to the materials commonly used. Based on protracted laboratory testing, the detail of which is contained as an appendix, it contains a simple table that outlines the comparative characteristics of different canopy materials, which is designed to facilitate appropriate product selection.
Included are product specifications, guidelines to fabrication of canopy materials and flexible clear PVC, Marine carpet and hull lining, upholstery; together with the appropriate use of foam underlay, fasteners, zippers, adhesives and thread. Detailed care and cleaning instructions, and copies of product warranties are provided. The warranties are formatted to the Nolan Group’s “Fit For Purpose Statement”, and relates the detail of the product’s specification to the terms used in the Consumer Act of 2011.

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