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Hello,

I am about to get a new bimini, spray hood and various covers made up for a new yacht. does anyone have any advice on canvas colour in regards to fading, showing dirt and temperature issues?

I am considering:

Black (I think this looks the best)
Dark Blue (I suspect this could be the most practical)
Off white (maybe less fade)

thanks in advance.

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I have had blue & it fades & is hot.Now have oyster(looks off wh) & like it.Less fadeing & cooler.Ex wife talked me into it wanted green but probably better ff with oyster.marc
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Thinking a lighter colour would be better I chose "linen", a light tan colour for all my canvas (dodger, bimini, connector and full enclosure) when I got a new boat in 2004. In six seasons in the Bahamas it has lost most of its coulour. Also light colours do not work as well for protection from the sun. If I could do it over I would choose Flag Blue, a very dark navy blue, nearly black. It fades a lot less than the light coulours and when it gets dirty (which it will) it doesn't show it. And it's not hotter than a light colour.

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We have cadet grey and it looks great, blocks the sun but it shows the dirt.
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In the Sunbrella type fabrics red and yellow are usually the most fade prone. Counter-intuitively, the darker colors are more comfortable in glaring sun. As mentioned, lighter colors are more prone to showing dirt.

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Sunbrella added a new blue a couple of years ago... I think it's called "Ocean Blue" We like it a lot. Not real dark, seems to be holding its colour, but we're in a different climate than Oz.


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I don't know the name, but there's a slate blue color that's on a couple of boats in this area that I think looks great. Something a little different that's not too "out there".

Second boat back (not counting the tan canvas in the foreground), mainsail cover, handrail covers, headsail wrap.

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The SunBrella dark blue looks the best and lasts forever - it has black UV threads woven in with it. We last put the dark blue on Paloma about 10-years ago and it still looks like new - and down here on the Texas coast, boats stay in the water and the brutal subtropic sun 365 days a year.

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We've had this Sunbrella green (maybe "forest green"), with the black threads too, for about 7 years mostly in Florida & Bahamas with no significant fading.

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Do what YOU think looks best. You, or your admiral, will have to look at it each time you approach the boat. "I told you so" is not the way you want to start your day!
Really depends on the color of your boat, or boot stripe, or whatever. Black is not going to be any hotter or fade more than navy. Lighter colors can look very good, but will be a little harder to clean when the birds leave you gifts from the rigging. Whatever you do make certain that you seal it a couple of times a year and you won't have to replace for 7-10 years if it is a quality product.
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