Bimini Tops For Pontoon Boats Should Have an Amazing Warranty

There are a lot of different bimini tops out there. Or are there? If you really look you will find a lot of DISTRIBUTORS out there that sell bimini tops made by companies like Carver, Attwood, and Taylor Made. Sure you can find some that manufacture their own but how well do those companies stand behind their work? You can tell the confidence a company has in its products by the warranty it is willing to put on it. Many businesses simply warrant the material. For example Sunbrella has a 10 year warranty against fading and deteriorating. Glen Raven Mills who makes sunbrella warrants the material, not the bimini top manufacturer. But what about the craftsmanship of the bimini top itself? You may find some distributors and manufacturers that will give you a 2-3 year warranty on their craftsmanship. I find this insulting and you should too. Basically they are letting you know that they are not confident in either their ability to sew a quality item or they are not willing to use the correct raw materials to do so.

The main factor that determines cost of a bimini top is the fabric. The fabric manufacturer such as Glen Raven Mills’ Sunbrella already warrants the material. All that is left to a bimini top are zippers, thread, and binding -also called edging. These are very inexpensive items. You shouldn’t have to buy a brand new bimini because your zippers break. You also shouldn’t have to pay a custom canvas shop a lot of money to replace that zipper. You SHOULD be able to send it to the company that manufactured it and have them fix it for you. These items are inexpensive for the manufacturer and these are items that you can’t walk into a big box store to buy. You are at the mercy of the manufacturer or a custom canvas shop to have your bimini top repaired. There is at least one company out there doing what is right- they guarantee their work for the entire time you own their bimini top and frame.

When you are shoping for a new bimini top and frame make sure the company you buy your bimini top from only use marine grade thread that is treated to hold up against UV rays. They should use YKK or Lenzip zippers with metal sliders not plastic sliders. They should use color matched binding and send the entire bimini top through a machine called a surger to make sure the material will not unravel around the edges. The front and rear “pockets” (pieces of material that go around the framework) should be sewn down with three lock stitches instead of just one. This ensures the bimini top won’t separate when tension is applied to the frame to hold the fabric tight. A zipper is usually utilized in the pocket so it can zip around the framework.

Heavy duty stainless strap hooks and heavyweight webbing straps should also be utilized. All the parts that hold the framework together should be treated to resist UV rays. Their should be a warranty on those parts as well. Should you break a strap or the pieces that hold the frame together, you should be able to have those parts replaced for free. Why? Because they are inexpensive items and your piece of mind that you have a company standing behind you is worth it. You are also more prone to tell your family and friends about a company that will do this for you. It just makes sense for everyone.

It will pay off for you to do your homework on the company you buy your bimini top from. Make sure you ask these questions and demand answers. Make sure you are aware of what kind of service after the sale you will be getting. If the company you want to buy the bimini top from does not offer a warranty for more than a few years put them on the spot and ask why. Demand better. Demand service. Demand quality.

Mythology, Zeus, the Raven, and the Future of the Written Word

Technology seems to be advancing faster than we can keep up with it in these modern times. With bookstores closing and kindles and iPads flying off the shelves, we have to wonder how it will change the world of print. It is certainly affecting the way books are read. Will this technology impact the way books are written? Will the interactive features that these types of “e readers” create an audience with expectations for something more in their books? And if so, what does those features mean for the future of literature?

The option to look an unknown word up in the dictionary instantly is a handy feature available on e-readers and it does not seem too invasive as far as the reading experience goes. Some children’s books offer features like clicking on a picture to see it come to life or playing interactive games on a page of the book. While this doesn’t seem like a likely option for adult literature, the technology is there and it makes one wonder if it will have any impact on publishing and more importantly, the way books are written and read.

Imagine reading Edgar Allan Poe’s, The Raven, with the option of clicking on the bird and hearing him recite his famous words, “Nevermore.” Or maybe some audio features could be available complete with spooky sounds like the wind rapping at the pains outside and maybe a little creepy music? If alive today, Edgar Allan Poe may cringe at the thought, but the fact is these are possibilities. Publishers, naturally focused on selling books and making a profit, would have to be considering all of these possibilities in order to figure out how to continue to sell books. Considering the amount of time we all spend in front of screens (television, computer, movie) don’t e-readers bring with them a certain expectation? Some of the features we are so accustomed to in having on all of our many screens, would they be expected now that we are bringing book reading to a screen?

If these features are eventually expected and planned for, authors would not be able to help but consider them while writing. Just as television and film changed the way (play) scripts were written, e-readers could change the way books are written. Will we be forced to watch advertisements between chapters? Or will we see “product placement” in literature and be given the option to click on said product and get sent directly to a shopping link? You could be reading about Zeus in a book on mythology when a sidebar pops up: “Get Zeus’d with Zeus Juice, a new power drink sent from the gods!” Extreme? Maybe. Possible. Maybe. Something to think about while you flip through the pages of your e-reader and consider what lies ahead for the future of publishing. Some writers have already started to wonder about the rapid advance of technology and its effects on how we think, learn, feel, and experience the world. Brave New World describes a dystopia where people live in perfect, plush comfort, their senses constantly pleasured, their every thought and feeling channeled in a way where effort and discomfort of any kind, by it emotional, physical or cerebral, are discouraged. Would a person who was conditioned to this mode of thought and life ever understand the horror experienced by the narrator in The Raven or the psychological turmoil explored by Shakespeare in Hamlet? Unlikely.

Another thing to look at the use of the internet and publishing. Consider Twitter. (Sorry.) Some writers have experimented with using Twitter to put their novel out. In our seemingly short-attention span culture will we want to read in tiny bites rather than sit with a book for hours? All strange and frightening thoughts when we, as readers, appreciate the many aspects of simply sitting down and reading a book for pleasure, slowly flipping through the tangible pages, appreciating and contemplating the words on each one.

Healthy Shopping for Your Kitchen

Having tasty and healthy food in your kitchen is great for your health. I just visited my friend Sluggo and had lunch at his house, and although we ate well, it simply amazed me my unhealthy most of the foods were that he had lying around the kitchen. If you have junk food around you will tend to eat lots of it. Healthy food shopping is a great way to improve your health and lose weight.

It all starts with knowledge and a plan, and although we cannot educate you here fully on nutrition, paying attention and reading many of the wonderful resources available is one of the first steps. My friend Sluggo doesn’t know what is healthy and what isn’t. He thinks bacon and fried eggs are a light breakfast for example!

The shopping list is next. Shopping without a list (or when ravenously hungry) are both bad! You will usually buy too much of somethings, not enough of others, and be tempted by plenty of unhealthy foods. For example you might get too much fruit, which is wonderful but perishable. Or too many potato chips. Some junk foods are ok, but only in moderation. Despite what my friend Sluggo thinks, potato chips do not count as vegetables!

Loading up on fresh fruits and vegetables is always a great idea. Even people who rarely eat them enjoy them when they start eating them again. A list will help prevent you from getting too much. Canned ones are OK too, not as good as fresh, but they last much longer. Make sure you read the labels to avoid lots of added sugar, salt, and other ingredients.

In fact label reading is something you must learn to do regularly. It amazes me what kinds of “surprise” ingredients make it into many foods! Many people use the cooking test: if it’s not an ingredient they would book with, it doesn’t belong in their foods. Does anyone cook with polysorbate 80 or high fructose corn syrup? The answer is no, and these do not belong in your foods either.

I am a meat eater, and eat plenty of it. I do try to restrict the amount of red meat I eat and you probably should too. Try healthy lower fat cuts for most of your red meat, as well as poultry and fish. I also like plenty of legumes such as dried black beans, navy beans, lentils. Legumes are great for meatless meals as well as quite hearty and filling!