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View Poll Results: What Color Is YOUR Sunbrella?
Pacifc Blue 15 23.08%
Sea Grass Green 6 9.23%
Linen 6 9.23%
Terra Cotta 0 0%
Beige 5 7.69%
Burgundy 4 6.15%
Aquamarine 0 0%
Navy 19 29.23%
Nutmeg 1 1.54%
Toast 9 13.85%
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Re: Sunbrella: What color is used on your boat?

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The boat I bought this fall didn't come with any covers. I'm planning on getting a sail cover and a jib bag and I have to decide on a color. I think yellow would look very cheery and bright, yet you never see it used. Is there a reason yellow is a bad choice?
Yellow isn't a bad choice, but sometimes doesn't hold up to UV rays as well as other colors. The reaction to colors in fabrics or paints is complex: Sometimes the lighter colors are damaged more by UV rays than darker ones.

If you decide to go with a yellow, this Buttercup seems to be the most popular.
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Re: Sunbrella: What color is used on your boat?

Although I voted "navy," the color is actually "Captain Navy."
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Thanks, that's good to know.

How does Sunbrella hold up to a trip through a washing machine? I have a small boat, so the covers won't be that big. It obviously wouldn't help with the fading, but it might get some of the dirt and grime out?
Here is what Glen Raven (Sunbrella Manufacturer) says about cleaning and care for Marine Sunbrella.

Please note that, if you put it in the washing machine, you will likely need to treat with "303" to ensure that most water repellancy is still present. Cleaning on the boat as it gets dirty is much better than the (more aggressive) machine washing.

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Here is what Glen Raven (Sunbrella Manufacturer) says about cleaning and care for Marine Sunbrella.
Thanks for the link!

This sounds doable:

If a boat cover is suitable in size for a washing machine, these steps should be followed:

• Use mild soap.
• For heavier stains add 1 cup of bleach to wash.
• Wash and rinse in cold water.
• Air dry. Never apply heat to Sunbrella.
• Re-treatment for water and stain resistance will be necessary after machine washing.

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 High Tech Fabric Guard™ as the preferred re-treatment product for Sunbrella fabrics. Fabrics should be re-treated after thorough cleaning or after five years of use.

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What a great looking Westsail! I agree that Navy seems to fade less than many other colors. While it is actually kind of counterintuitive, it seems that darker colors are affected less by UV rays than the lighter ones. I've had many other canvas shops tell me that they use White thread in most projects due to customer requess, but find that black thread stands up to UV damage longer.
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Second the comment on the Westsail!

Also, agreed it is counter-intuitive, but correct that lighter colors fare less well. In fact I am switching to black thread for much of my sewing, as the white thread seems to last a fraction of the time. Initially I was skeptical about this, but not now.

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How does Sunbrella hold up to a trip through a washing machine?
Personally I would never put Sunbrella in a washing machine. I shudder at the thought. I wash all materials down regularly with fresh water; For deeper cleaning, I use use a gentle cleaner such as Woolite, diluted, or handwash, with a soft brush. Rinse then air dry.

Wait a mo', what does Sunbrella say?
Sunbrella Marine Tops and Covers

...And remember that darned expensive 303 stuff does work to extend Sunbrella life.
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Forest Green.

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Re: Sunbrella: What color is used on your boat?

The best colour is, of course, Royal Blue Tweed.

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Those Tweed Sunbrellas really look classy on certain boats. Lots of times, folks stay away from some of the nicer, newer fabrics because they have some of the other, more common varieties. In many ways, a major canvas project like a dodger or bimini opens the way to the use of some of these "richer" colors!

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We use Sunbrella Spruce Green.

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We use Sunbrella Spruce Green.
I wonder if that isn't an older name that has been replaced. I've looked here and on the Glen Raven site and don't find "Spruce" listed under marine fabric.

Is there anything here that is close to your color?

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