Maintaining Bimini Tops and Playpen/Mooring cover

SEMPERFI8387

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TRUST ME, REMOVE IT!! Last year I did it installed like we've done for numerous years. Got a little heavy on the edges at the seats, it bled through the cover, onto the seats, and basically melted the vinyl leaving run marks where it ran down the vinyl. It's almost not noticeable now, but I almost puked when I saw it the first time. I thought my seats were toast. 
 

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I recently purchased a 2015 20SL and I love my boat. The only problem I have is there is mold on the bimini. I have tried to was and scrub it, but with little success. Does the warranty cover mold as discoloration? Any suggestions as to how to clean the mold from the bimini?
 

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I don't see that being a covered warranty item as it is not a manufacturers defect.
 

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I have washed Sunbrella mooring covers in industrial size washing machines using warm water and mild detergent with great results over many years. Can I do the same with a Surlast cover without hurting it?
I would not, I'm on my third cover from Bennington. 2013 Bennington RCL2550
 

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Copied from TB post in helpful hints thread .......

Here are a few helpful tips to help extend the life of your bimini top and playpen cover.

PROPER STORAGE:

We recommend storing your bimini top in the radar position with the boot zipped completely into place. This helps prevent wind, sun and foul weather damage over time. Remember...your top is comparable to a large market umbrella...keep it buttoned up when not in use!

When the playpen cover is fully installed, Bennington "forces" the proper storage position of your bimini top by not offering forward strut cut-outs in the playpen cover. (An ah-ha moment!)

Use all tent poles under your playpen cover, and tighten them securely. The playpen cover helps keep your boat dry and clean, but it is not 100% moisture proof and it is NOT a winter weather cover. A playpen cover is not designed to support heavy piles of snow and ice, or any other additional weight. Owners in severe winter climates should consider inside storage or shrinkwarp each winter.

PROPER CLEANING:

Cleaning your bimini top and storage cover regularly will help maintain that "new boat" look. The fabric can be cleaned to prevent soil build-up by simply brushing off any loose dirt and hosing down with fresh water. (Sunny days help it dry more quickly!) For dirt build-up, use a mild detergent (like dish soap) and fresh warm water. Never use solvents to clean the canvas.

303 High Tech Fabric Guard is a wonderful product to help protect your clean, dry canvas. We found it at West Marine and Overtons.com.

HAULING WITH CANVAS:

If you are hauling your Bennington, be sure the bimini top is locked in the radar position or trailering-strut position with the boot securely in place.

UPDATE NOTE JUNE 2012 REGARDING HAULING: Bennington does NOT recommend towing with your playpen cover installed. The playpen cover is a "mooring cover" for use when the boat is moored at the dock or stored on the trailer. Although you could easily haul at low speeds/short distances many times and never have an issue, it's the 1 in 100 situation that can catch you. The fabric is durable, but snap-whip from a loosened snap, snap-strain from high speed towing, and various other situations can cause damage to your cover. Use common sense when hauling! Please review your state's boat trailering laws for more information
great info thanks
 

TroyBoy30

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mine has forward strut cut-outs in the playpen cover as well as for the second top for when i want to install the cover with both tops up.
 
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