This upgrade included a new bimini top, clears and fresh upholstery.
These boat seat cushions took on a fresh look with new upholstery in classic nautical colours. Marine grade vinyl in navy and white make a bold boaty statement.
Seating can be custom created in a wide variety of colours and styles ensuring a stylish look while out on the water.
More importantly, this fabric is created with exceptional UV and mildew resistance and has proven outstanding performance in both indoor and outdoor applications
A new bimini top and clears were also installed to ensure the harsh Australian elements were kept at bay.
The bimini top was custom made using Sunbrella fabric which is unequalled in the market and is manufactured to extremely stringent specifications.
The clears (also custom made) are made from Achilles extruded rollglass. This is the perfect solution to enjoy the great outdoors no matter what the weather brings. Achilles is the leading brand of UV stabilised clear PVC and is ideal for commercial or residential applications.
Achilles rollglass has high clarity and blocks 93% of UV solar radiation.
Get out and enjoy the great outdoors, with these materials available you are protected rail, hail or shine!
For more custom upholstery, bimini top or clears photos check out the links below.
Do I need a Bimini top? Well, that’s your call, the best way to decide is to ask yourself a few quick questions, When do I use my boat? how long do i use it for each time? am I sensitive to the sun etc? The Gold Coast is a beautiful place for boating and protecting yourself from the elements is really important.
If you are out early mornings only and beating the sun, chances are you may not find one totally necessary, If you go out boating through the day and stay out for long periods of time then keeping that sun off you is a huge plus, if you plan to take friends & family out it’s a good idea to protect them as well as yourself and make everyones day much more enjoyable. Your Bimini will also protect you from sudden downpours.
Where do I start? Can I buy one pre-made or do I need a custom made Bimini top?
The cheapest option will always be the standard pre-sized Bimini top and this can sometimes be a great option. If you have a popular boat model then a Bimini top retailer is more likely to have something in stock, make sure you locate a reputable retailer that specialises in Bimini tops.
You may prefer a custom job if you require the perfect fit, custom dimensions and/or add on’s or want a colour other than the standard ones on offer. Another reason for a custom fit is that you simply don’t have the option for a pre-made Bimini due to your boat model.
If this is the case your best bet is to locate some local boat upholsterers/marine trimmers and obtain a few quotes (always get more than one to compare). Aiming for someone local obviously keeps travelling costs down as the upholsterer/marine trimmer will generally visit the boat more than once. (First up to make patterns etc and then again to install the various elements).
When comparing quotes it’s important to be clear about what material the upholsterer is using, one quote may sound cheaper but just make sure the material isn’t! Saving a few $ wont mean much if your Bimini top deteriorates and lasts half as long.
Check these items when comparing your quotes:
What fabric are they using, does it have UV Inhibitors to protect against fading, are they ant fungal or anti microbial so they don’t mould and deteriorate over time. What warranty is offered with the fabric they are supplying? Sunbrella fabric is undoubtedly number one for an A1 Bimini top, see our information on quality durable boating fabrics here.
What is the frame made of? Plastic, stainless, aluminium, Most people tend to opt for aluminium frames as it looks like stainless steel and is a lighter option.
What are your connector pieces made from? some standard tops are fitted with plastic or wire fittings, these connectors take alot of the stress so heavy duty nickel plated brass or stainless steel is obviously a better option
Just make sure you aim for quality, a loose or ill fitted Bimini top just wont stand up to the test of time, people who take the lesser quality first always opt for the better quality second time round. Save yourself $ and get it right first time.
The most important thing is that you are happy, comfortable and enjoying your boat on those wonderful waterways we have here on the gorgeous Gold Coast.
It’s still way too nice out there to put the boat away, that’s if you ever do as some of us really enjoy the cooler weather.
If you do let your boat hibernate in the winter here’s some great tips to keep it in good condition. You don’t want to pull out a smelly mouldy boat when summer hits again.
Mould and mildew are the enemy, the spores are everywhere and a cool, dark, poorly ventilated area are just what they want. If you have areas that are soiled they’re going to love it even more. For this reason, it’s very important to thoroughly clean and disinfect all areas before storing. It helps to use the humidity absorbing products for stored boats (get these at your local chandlery or online).
Here are some pointers to keep your boat tip top while in storage.
Wash and wax your boat.
Wash and disinfect carpets, floors and all surfaces.
Remove cushions and other items that are mildew prone and store in a dry well-ventilated area.
Make sure during your last trip out you note any necessary repairs and maintenance, sort out your repairs now if possible, when the gorgeous weather returns you want to pull your boat out and go. You don’t want to be fussing while everyone else is enjoying the water.
Any cracks in the hull can worsen during storage too so fix them asap.
It’s a good idea to remove electronics, including your battery and store in a warm and dry place. Clean your battery terminals and give them a grease. You can also give your battery a good charge and check fluid levels.
To avoid engine trouble you can top up your fuel tank and add a fuel stabiliser, make sure to run the engine for a good 15 mins to make sure the additives reach the fuel already in the fuel lines and engine.
Check your engine oil and replace filters, you can also flush the coolant system with water and if necessary add antifreeze.
Another good idea is to run non-toxic antifreeze through the intake lines, y-valve, macerator and discharge hose, Drain your fresh water tanks and water heater, and then you should add a non-toxic antifreeze to your water tank and pump it through the plumbing, including ice makers, A/C pumps, sump pumps, fish wells, bilge pumps, and that shower on the transom.
Wow, alot of work but oh so worth it, come summer you’ll be ahead of the rest and you know you’ve done your absolute best to keep your boat in top condition.
The Gold Coast is a beautiful place to play on the water and we want our boats to look and perform to their absolute best. This is why we need to think about boat covers.
Have a little read below to find out the benefits to having a boat cover, there are many reasons we find them so necessary.
Keep your boat clean
One of the best ways you can protect your boat on our beautiful Gold Coast is to invest in a boat cover. When properly fitted, a boat cover can increase the longevity of your boat by up to 30 percent.
A cover can prevent scratches, dents, sogginess, washed out carpets and fading. Keep your colours vibrant, don’t let the sun turn your seats and fabric dull and lifeless.
It will also greatly reduce dirt, dust and grime buildup, you’ll spend less time cleaning and have fewer repair and replacement costs.
Your cover also keeps bugs, critters & bird droppings out, lets face it you don’t feel so great out on the water in a dirty poop covered boat!
Keep your boat safe
A boat cover is also a great way to avoid and deter casual theft of your parts and equipment (the most stolen boat items are outboards & electronics).
Its not hard for a passerby to grab a battery, paddles etc from your boat in the open, its much harder if you have to get in and under a cover so deter them, make it difficult and they’ll be much more likely to walk on by.
Prolong the life of your investment
As with all cherished belongings you want to protect and extend the life of your craft.
Your boat is a major investment and prolonging the value is another reason for keeping your boat performing and looking its best. If for some reason you decide to sell or upgrade a well looked after boat is obviously going to have a higher resell value.
Ultraviolet rays can fade the colours in your carpets & rubber components can break down causing cracks and weaknesses to many parts, all of these areas have an effect when it comes to selling your boat.
Long term storage care
A boat cover will keep out nesting animals and rodents when your boat is in long term storage, another problem with these animals is the chewing on your wiring.
Boat Covers are custom made to provide entire boat protection, these can be clipped into place or used with a draw rope to save applying clips to your vessel. The amount of coverage can be varied depending on your particular style of boat. Have a think about your needs and get that boat covered, Don’t forget we provide free quotes and advice so if you are looking at getting a new cover or replacing your existing one give us a call, we’re here to help.
These are all questions people ask online every day and need answers for, there really is more than just one answer. What you need is dependent upon your boat, your location, your storage area, your budget etc.
If you are unsure just give us a call, we can offer advice over the phone (without trying to sell anything to you; and that’s important). Feel comfortable calling and asking for advice, we’ve got the answers for you, that’s why we’re boat trimmers.
What size boat cover do I need?
Do I really need a custom made boat cover?
How long will my boat covers last?
How do I care for my boat upholstery?
It really can get confusing for people out there, We’ve provided some hints and tips on cleaning your boat upholstery so there’s a start for you. Click Here
We’ve also offered some advice about the best materials to use and why. Click Here
Hopefully, this helps answer some of those questions you may have, give us a call for other advice without worrying about a sales pitch.
Many customers are grateful and surprised when we tell them “hey you don’t have to get new covers yet, a good clean or simply a re-stitch is all you really need right now”.
There are many options, sure if you want brand new covers we’re here to help however we are more interested in happy loyal customers here at Gold Coast Marine Upholstery.
Sunbrella – Only the best for your boat covers on the Gold Coast
Bimini Tops and Boat Cover Colors, this is just a few of the vast selection of colors available
Sunbrella Canvas for your Gold Coast Boat Covers, Bimini Tops, Upholstery and more.
In this climate, we need the best. Sunbrella is the number one trusted marine fabric in the world offering a wide variety of fabrics. Whether power or sail, deck or below, Sunbrella will outperform the elements nautical mile after mile.
Hi to all of our loyal long term customers and also to our new clients.
A quick note to say we hope you like the new improved website, we wanted to freshen up but also add some helpful areas for you, we get asked alot about cleaning methods for your materials so it was important we added a page just for that. We will keep that page updated with any new tips and tricks we find along the way, don’t worry, you’ll spot anything new on our blog first so it can’t sneak in unnoticed.
We also want to advise all new customers of the materials we use as this is also a common query, here at Gold Coast Marine Upholstery we only use the best quality, that way your covers and upholstery will stand up to the test of time. We live in a beautiful part of the world but the climate can be harsh so cheap alternatives are simply not an option.