Clean flybridge hood

A flybridge hood provides protection while sailing. Have your flybridge hood cleaned and given a protective coating, and it will be like new again!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get my flybridge hood from ZONReady?

You can bring your flybridge hood to us during our opening hours and we will ensure that the hood can be picked up fresh and clean after a few weeks.

If a repair is needed, we can repair it in our own sail making workshop

Can I get a quote in advance?

With our handy price list you can see exactly what it costs, which is great!

I have rust and oil stains in my flybridge hood. Can they be removed?

In general, we can remove this stubborn contamination very well. If the object contains so many rust or oil stains, it is possible that minimal traces will still be visible because the fabric itself has already been affected.

How long will the stitching of my flybridge hood last?

You are usually unexpectedly confronted with a leaking hood and loose seams. And that is an unpleasant surprise. Especially when your hood is still young, and you still have it professionally cleaned and impregnated on a regular basis. Where does that leak come from? In many cases, dissolved stitching is the culprit.

Sailmakers generally use mixed yarn: this consists of a polyester core and a cotton sheath. When moisture comes into the area, the cotton swells and closes the small holes in the stitching. The cotton will dissolve within about five years. With an increasing risk of leaking seams.

Alternatives to cotton

Aren't there more sustainable alternatives to using mixed yarn? Unfortunately that is not the case. Stitching thread that consists only of polyester is very strong, but will cause leaks without the use of cotton. You must therefore regularly rework polyester seams with a seam sealer or finish with tape. Then we have the nylon thread as a possible alternative. This is used very little, and for good reason: nylon is not UV-resistant and only lasts a year.

Five reasons to have your flybridge hood regularly cleaned and impregnated

1. Extension of lifespan. Dirt, algae and moss can accumulate on the surface and lead to discoloration and deterioration of the tent canvas. This contamination is removed by having your flybridge cleaned regularly. During an impregnation treatment we apply a protective layer to the cloth, so that new contamination has less chance.

2. Protection against water, moisture and UV radiation. By having your flybridge impregnated, it is protected against external influences such as water, moisture and UV radiation. This helps to strengthen the material of your flybridge and extend its lifespan.

3. Reduction of discoloration. Regular cleaning of your flybridge can help prevent discoloration, so your boat always looks neat.

4. Easier to keep clean. By impregnating the flybridge, dirt is less likely to be attracted and the cloth is easier to keep clean.

5. Improvement of hygiene. By regularly cleaning the flybridge, life on board becomes more hygienic. This is especially important when living on the boat often (with food or drinks).

Can my flybridge hood shrink due to washing?

There is nothing more annoying when a fresh, clean flybridge hood no longer fits. We got to the bottom of this a few years ago.

I submitted the question to a testing laboratory. This party focuses specifically on textiles and can carry out all possible tests. I have given an exact description of our process, including a list of products we use for the various contaminations.

We had our washing process tested

A whole range of textile types was tested, and the outcome was always the same. The dimensions were exactly the same in all cases after the treatment. It is therefore indeed excluded that the washing process can be the cause of shrinkage in boat covers.

The report came after a few weeks

A whole range of textile types was tested, and the outcome was always the same. The dimensions were exactly the same in all cases after the treatment. It is therefore indeed excluded that the washing process can be the cause of shrinkage in boat covers.

But what is the cause of the shrinkage?

What about the observations of the people who called me? It turned out that their tent had shrunk. What could be the cause of this? I presented the issue to at least five sail makers, consulted fabric suppliers and finally checked for myself whether the window film could possibly have an influence on this.

The window film turned out to be the right track

The PVC window film used for the windows can sometimes cause (slight) shrinkage. That is as long as the flybridge canopy is taut on a ship No problem. But when the cover is removed and the tension disappears, the window film can 'move freely' and shrinkage is allowed to occur. Usually the hood can be put back on with some wringing and pulling, but in some cases some adjustments are necessary.

How do I get my flybridge hood to fit again?

What can you do if your flybridge hood no longer seems to fit? If that is no longer possible, a sailmaker can move the tenaxes slightly or make other corrections if necessary. If you want to try to get the flybridge canopy to fit again, I have two tips.

Tip 1:

Try to pull the flybrige hood as far as possible and secure it with the straps or tension straps. It may be that after a few sunny days some stretching has occurred and the tenaxes fit again.

Tip 2:

Soak the flybridge cover with water, and place it wet on the boat. Wet material is sometimes easier to get moving. Once the hood is secured, the tension will release and the hood will fit properly again.

The good news is that nowadays people are increasingly using specially treated window film, which shrinks much less. We therefore expect that the problem of shrinking window film will eventually be a thing of the past.

Anti-shrink guarantee

We have now created an anti-shrinkage guarantee. We guarantee you a fresh and clean flybridge hood with the same dimensions as before the wash!

How do I know that my flybridge is really clean?

ZONklare now has a wealth of experience in cleaning all common types of cloth. We are in close contact with various fabric manufacturers, with whom we share knowledge and experience. We therefore dare to say in black and white: no payment is not good. If we find that certain stains cannot be removed, we will first consult with the customer. There will then be a discussion about what to expect and a decision can still be made to continue with the treatment. If not, the treatment will be stopped and there will be no costs involved.

I have a lot of windows in my hood, will they also be affected by washing?

Nothing harmful happens to the windows during the washing process. After cleaning, existing plastic windows will be polished with a special agent. We are able to remove even the smallest scratches because plasticizers are included in this polishing paste. When packaging the freshly washed hood, we always ensure that the windows are rolled up properly, so that there are no strange folds.

The windows need to be replaced when brown spots appear. This is the result of long-term exposure to UV radiation. This causes the plasticizers to dissolve, the plastic to harden and cracks to form. If you want to have this repaired, you can do so in our own sail maker.

How do mold and weather stains arise and can they be removed?

Weather or spoch is a permanent material deterioration of textiles. Weather stains in clothing or pieces of fabric such as ship's sail are caused by having been damp for a long time. Weather is visible as dark spots (dots) that cannot be washed out. This is also called spoch. The damage to boat covers, for example, is caused by fungi that thrive in a moist environment and live on organic particles. Stashed textiles can contaminate uninfected textiles. If left untreated, it will lead to permanent damage and holes in the material. If the object is affected by mold or weather stains, we can easily remove this. When the object is subsequently recoated, the mold is less likely to adhere to the surface. However, there is no guarantee that mold will not return.

If you want to try to quickly remove recurring weather stains yourself, you could do the following. Fill a plant sprayer with nine parts water and one part chlorine bleach. You can then spray this over the weather spots and let it sit for fifteen minutes. Consider the floor and benches. Keep plenty of water on hand to immediately clean any other items. After the soaking time, you should rinse it with plenty of water. It is better not to use a hard brush or other soap and cleaning products. This gives you the chance to damage the applied or existing coating, which will only make the problem worse.

A flybridge hood provides protection while sailing. Have your flybridge hood cleaned and given a protective coating, and it will be like new again!

Flybridge canopy maintenance

A flybridge hood offers excellent protection while sailing and significantly improves your sailing experience. With this hood you can enjoy the surroundings without being bothered by wind and rain. Like any other hood, the flybridge hood also requires regular maintenance. After all, this boat tent is constantly exposed to various forms of pollution. Salt, moisture, mold and algae can accumulate and damage the hood if timely action is not taken.

Professional maintenance by ZONklare

ZONklare has a professional laundry, so you can confidently entrust your flybridge hood to us for thorough cleaning and washing. Our modern equipment and special cleaning agents enable us to effectively clean even the most delicate cloths. In addition, we can provide the flybridge hood with a protective coating, so that it is in optimal condition again.

Flybrige with a rear tent? No problem!

Does your flybridge canopy also have a corresponding rear tent? That's no problem for ZONklare. We not only take care of the professional freshening up of the boat cover, but also treat the rear tent with the same care. This means your boat is completely ready for a new and carefree sailing season

We would also like to let you know that we are an official collection point for Zonklare. You can hand in your flybridge to us and we will take care of the rest. Together we can ensure that your flybridge remains in top condition, ready to protect you and provide shade at any time.

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