As anyone who has been on a boating trip would confirm, the external environmental conditions while the boat is sailing tend to get very harsh. Even on a relatively mild day, as you sail out to the deeper waters you would start to feel the effect of these harsh conditions very seriously. Out of all the impacts created you would most certainly feel the effect of the scorching heat of the sun blazing from above. For this reason, it is important to invest in suitable boat accessories that will help protect you from these harsh conditions. Especially for boats with a center console the installation of a boat T-top is one of the most common ways to get this protection.
No matter what type of boating trip you are on, be it fishing, snorkeling, or simply cruising, you and your passengers can seek the shelter you seek through a properly installed T-Top. Due to the high popularity of these structures, many different models and types have been introduced to the market by leading manufacturers of boat accessories. In general all these structures comprise of a few basic components. Firstly a strong frame that is made up of stainless steel or aluminum. This needs to be sturdy enough to hold the structure together. Next is the most important component, which is the protective shade. This is made of materials that are waterproof and UV blocking. Other benefits that can be achieved through such structures include:
- Such structures increase the height, which is very important in the case of low profile boats so they get more stability.
- There are several different types of T-top structures that vary from being extra-large, while others are adjustable so that they fit any type of boat.
- It protects the center console where most of the important electronics on the boat is located.
Taking Care Of A Boat T-Top
As highlighted above, you can see that such boat tops serve an invaluable degree of benefits for the boat and the passengers on it. It is therefore very important to note how you can take care of this protective structure by proper maintenance. As a general rule, cleaning often and properly will make sure no severe damage is caused, and the T-tops are maintained in the best possible way to ensure longevity of your investment. In addition, a few deep-cleaning sessions should be conducted at least once or twice a year to make sure all the residue is removed completely and any repairs are attended to.
When taking care of the marine canvas of the marine T-tops, a solution of mild, lukewarm soap solution can be used. Once any residue is scrubbed off it is important to note that the soap solution is completely rinsed off. Strong detergents should be avoided at all cost and in case there are stubborn stains you could get professional help for a deep cleaning. The frame structure should also be properly cleaned to preventing corrosion, abrasion and putting.