I hear your pain my friend. But having been a professional in the design industry for many years there are some sad facts that seem to preclude having wonderful patterns on our biminis and sail covers.
There are any number of companies who produce outdoor fabrics in addition to Sunbrella. Sunbrella has a big catalog of cool fabrics rated for outdoor use. most of these are 45" wide. But outdoor use is not marine canvas
air is really harmful to textiles and the weather
exposure on your boat is year round during the worst that mother nature can dish out.
Most patio cushions
come in for the winter and are only out during the summer. Many of them live under shade or partial shade. They last a number of years in these conditions. Out in the weather
, as marine canvas
is, they would last only a few seasons, and the patterns would, many of them, fade and not look wonderful after a much shorter time. Different dyes perform at different levels. Patterns printed on, not dyed into the fiber before being woven, are more fragile.
Additionally marine canvas is a heavier weight than the residential lines. This helps it stand up longer to the harsh usage, and offers better protection to what it is covering. It's also available in wide widths, up to 80" which makes it much more functional for making large and long items. Like sail covers and head
sail edges and cockpit cushions
For your cockpit
? if you are the kind of person who is careful to stow them when not in use, then go for it! Anything in any of the outdoor lines will serve well and there are wonderful choices. Check out the chenille....
For the cabin
? anything synthetic will do the trick, most upholstery fabrics are perfectly suitable for in cabin
But outside? serving a protective function? You want the tough stuff... really....
Here are all of the marine canvases; Sunbrella: Fabric showroom
Here are the awning fabrics. They are not as heavy as the marine grade, but pretty tough and would perform well, if not for as long as the marine rated; Sunbrella: Fabric showroom
Here are all the Sunbrella choices; Sunbrella: Fabric showroom
other outdoor lines include;
Waverly Fabrics Waverly Products - Waverly - Waverly Fabrics, Waverly Wallpaper, Waverly Bedding, Waverly Paint and more
Kravet Kravet Fabrics | Home Furnishings
Duralee Duralee - Duralee Fabrics, Duralee Trim, Duralee Fine Furniture
Robert Allen http://www.robertallendesign.com/sea...e=14&pageNum=1
Pindler and Pindler Pindler :: Fabric & Trims Pindler :: Fabric & Trims
All of these companies are well respected. Some of them have private collections produced by Sunbrella, so you get their fashionable designs and Sunbrella quality. But they are NOT the marine grade or weight.
They are not cheap
either... nothing cool ever is, is it?
If you live near a metropolitan area large enough to have a design center it's worth a trip to the showrooms to look and see. There Are wonderful dynamic prints available. Many of then, although they are to the trade
will make arrangements for individuals to purchase
. If you get the brand and style number many marine canvas shops will be able to order the fabric.