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therefrigerator posted 05-14-2008 11:54 PM ET (US)   Profile for therefrigerator   Send Email to therefrigerator  
I am looking for a bimini for my 200 Dauntless. Trying to decide on a color and I'm looking for some feedback regarding a black...looks great but is it too hot?
Will a lighter color keep the crew noticibly more comfortable. Thanks.
Jordi posted 05-15-2008 07:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jordi    
Most colors I see on the newer Whalers are red, blue and black. When it gets hot in Florida I am not sure if the color will make much of a difference. Removing stains from Pelicans is more difficult with the dark colors.
Brian7son posted 05-15-2008 08:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for Brian7son  Send Email to Brian7son     
I don't think it's a factor at all. It's different when your talking about a car color being dark vs. light. You have a completely enclosed passenger compartment being heated up by the sun. On a Bimini or a T-top, you're just talking about a flat surface, over your head that the wind blows over and under. Theoretically, could the black canvas be 1 or 2 degrees warmer to the touch than a lighter blue canvas on a hot day? Maybe, but I doubt it and it would not effect the temperature of the shade underneath.
Yiddil posted 05-15-2008 09:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Wet Willy posted 05-15-2008 10:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for Wet Willy  Send Email to Wet Willy     
I have a black Bimimi on my other boat and it is awesome! I read in one of the boat magazines that black and the darker colored tops actually block more UV rays than the lighter color tops
Tohsgib posted 05-15-2008 12:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
I have had every color made I think and black is no hotter than white, probably cooler. Just make sure your head is not touching the canvas or it will be hotter.
Jerry Townsend posted 05-15-2008 09:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
I hesitate to, but will offer a few comments. Color does make a difference - the lighter, the cooler and the darker, the hotter. That is because the lighter colors will reflect more sunlight than the darker colors. That said, the quality of the fabric and dies probably enter into the picture too.

In my mind - the best top would be a light reflective color on top and a dull finish on the bottom-side of the fabric. That way, the sunlight is reflected and little energy is radiated from the top to the crew/helm. Just an engineer's thoughts. ----- Jerry/Idaho

SJUAE posted 05-16-2008 02:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for SJUAE    
I would say it’s more import on how translucent and reflective the material is.

Black may be marginally hotter to the touch and so radiate heat slightly more when very close to it. But I don’t think that’s an issue on a boat.

More important is the shade, glare and reflective characteristics

Assuming that the material has the same protection from above that would leave secondary radiation (ie the light bouncing off your boat on to the underside of the canvas and back to you).

For this black will be slightly better and a nicer background to your LCD screens.

However the red is nice and gives a warm aesthetic/comfort perception

In reality I expect the difference is marginal


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