North's premium breathable top covers are made from WeatherMax cloth. Below the design process explains how it's superior qualities are obtained.
The fibre is a filament yarn which means it is elastic and recovers completely after stress to the fabric is removed. This fibre is also 100% solution-dyed SaturaMax which has superior colour consistency, light fastness characteristics and is bleach cleanable. WeatherMax has been tested in the South Florida Everglades with a year round constant exposure with maximum UV exposure, and the color has resisted as well as acrylic fabrics on color retention and strength retention.
The fibre is weaved to make a fabric called Woven SaturaMax, the Ottoman weave process is used which is a combination of plain weave and basket weave to give WeatherMax the best combination of durability and stability.
The HydroMax finish gives it a highly water repellent finish that gives WeatherMax the ability to protect against heavy rain while keeping it's breathability and dimensional stability. An anti-microbial component is added to the finish to prevent mildew growth on top of the fabric. In fact, the HydroMax finish is so good that it is not necessary to add coating to one side, which provides many positive benefits, such as breathability, resistance to mildew and it is cooler. Fabric breathability is important because it allows water vapor to go through, preventing mildew growth and heat build up. By definition, coated fabrics do not breathe because of the coated layer put on the fabric.
The WeatherMax fabric enables North to produce a premium product for the boat cover market.
- Breathability - the fabric breathability prevents condensation and mildew growth giving it a superior quality to plastic coated materials.
- Water Resistancy - the water repellant finish offers greater protection from rain than the poly cotton material used in other covers.
- Elasticity - it retains it's shape where as fabrics made of spun yarns such as acrylics, have little elasticity and will stretch under stress but will not recover completely, therefore producing the unsightly effect of sagging.
- Durability - it has been tested in the South Florida Everglades with a year round constant exposure with maximum UV exposure, and the color has resisted as well as acrylic fabrics on color retention and strength retention.
- Cleaning - you can clean WeatherMax with a solution of 50% bleach and 50% water and it will not hurt the color or the DWR finish. Cleaning & Protection Tips.
- Printing - if you want to add your boat name or sponsor logos WeatherMax lends itself to most printing techniques, such as screen printing and heat transfer printing.
North's premium bottom covers are made from 420D cloth, which is a water and tear resistant fabric.
We have looked carefully at the design and material of the buckle and have managed to reduce to a minium the problem of sand and salt ceasing up the buckle.