We were contacted by the owner to fabricate a new Flybridge Enclosure during the off-season while the boat was being stored indoor at Marine Services in Dolton, IL, a class A facility. The owner requested the enclosure to be similar to the existing enclosure with roll up windows on the center panel along with the port and starboard side windows. The yacht has a larger size bimini with 4 bows and arch attachment aft along with a total of 7 panels. This was a very fun project and we have a complete list of materials used below too.
SeaMark Canvas – SeaMark is a great option for bimini tops. It’s essentially Sunbrella fabric with a rubberized coating which provides 100% waterproof protection.
- Sunbrella Canvas – In addition to the SeaMark, we used Sunbrella fabric which is lighter than the SeaMark and is great for constructing the panels.
- Strataglass (40 gauge clear) – This type of isenglass is perfect for the midwest climate. It’s scratch and UV resistant providing 10+ years of enjoyment. It won’t yellow like traditional double polished isenglass and has a minimal shrinkage of 1-2%.
GORE® TENARA® Sewing Threa – Manufactured from 100 percent expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), the chemical name for Teflon® from DuPont. Expanded PTFE is two to three times stronger than conventional PTFE. Is your thread breaking down? Then you don’t have Tenara which is guaranteed for life!
- Lenzip Zippers – Located in Rolling Meadows, Lenzip offers a lifetime guarantee on all of their zippers and is an excellent choice for marine grade zippers.
- DOT Fasteners – we used DOT black enamel snaps to give the panels a nice clean finished look.