Originally Posted by GFC
Before you commit to anything in the way of fabric, take a look at a product called Stamoid. It's more UV resitant than Sunbrella, it's easier to clean, doesn't fade and lasts forever.
I've had Sunbrella on two boats prior to this one and Stamoid on this one. I'll never go back.
The enclosure material that came with our boat was white Stamoid. OK, I guess. Discolors a bit if removed and stored in some conditions. We changed to black Sunbrella, and to me, it "feels" better. Different strokes.
Agree, the thread is more likely the first weak point. When we bagged our original Stamoid panels (approx. 10 years old, at the time), they could probably have been rebuilt since it was mostly the seams and some of the see-thrus that had gone south.
FWIW, if some see-thru panels will never be rolled (removed or pinned open instead of rolled, whatever) the EZ2CY stuff and equivalents (ours is Makralon) provide much better visibility than sheet vinyl products like Stratoglass and equivalents.
Also FWIW, we have a hardtop, and I'd never want to go back to just a bimini.