Originally Posted by pmeisel
Some of the boaters i know use a material called Top Gun -- similar to Sunbrella but tougher.
Top Gun is an inexpensive 100% polyester fabric, but it is not breathable. For things that are going to be enclosed for a length of time, especially things that may be wet when put away, this may create a problem, and that is why I suggested woven (breathable) fabrics like woven polyester and woven acrylic. Top Notch is woven polyester, which is the equivalent of woven acrylic but less expensive. The Odyssey Soft Touch was the perfect combination of breathable acrylic fabric and soft backing. I had never heard of the Odyssey before, so I learned something today also.
BTW, 57 fairlane, If you had a problem with Sunbrella, it was not true Sunbrella. Sunbrella is a woven acrylic, and does not lose it's color. I recently repaired a bimini top that was 10 years old. I ordered the original Sunbrella fabric and it matched the 10 year old fabric perfectly. The original top was perfect in every way except for mouse holes. I don't know of many fabrics of any kind that are in that good of shape after 10 years.