Boat upholstery is a big part of getting the look and feel you want for your boat and is a big decision during any refurbishment. From the seats to the awnings and more, the upholstery can be very visible and therefore important.
The weight of the fabric is one of the first things to consider. Heavier weight fabrics are more durable and less likely to chafe but can also be more difficult to handle. Therefore the heavier fabrics can be ideal on seating while something a little lighter could be used for covers and awnings.
Make sure you have the right waterproof or water resistant fabric – because there’s a difference! Waterproof repels all liquid while water resistant has a coating on it that wears off over time. Waterproof fabrics don’t have much breathability while water resistant fabrics will.
A UV resistant coating on fabric is also handy if it will be exposed to the sun’s rays. Otherwise, over time, it will start to fade, or the colour will change due to UV damage. In the worst cases, this can even cause damage to the boat itself so for things like covers, it is particularly important that they have this UV protection.
When working with a specialist in boat upholstery, you can get lots of help in choosing the right fabric and ensuring it has the features you need. Then you can have the look you want for your boat while also covering those important features.