Best time of the year hands down. Fall. The nights are cool, the days are warm, the sky seems a little more blue, and the beer is amazing. There is a misconception about this time of year though – that it is time to put the grill away for the winter. Put the grill away? Why would anyone do that? Perhaps it is because you don’t have a cover to keep the snow off of it. Maybe you do have a grill cover but it has more holes in it than swiss cheese. Damn it man put a decent cover on it so you can grill all fall and winter! Don’t tell me the snow is a factor either. Grills get hot. Heat melts snow. Get your grill on! Sure you may need to keep a shovel at the back door to shovel a path to the grill but that is a small price to pay to keep the taste of summer going all year long! Trust me it will warm your soul.
Not just any grill cover will do. Oh no – it must be able to stand up to the elements all year long. If only there were some sort of outdoor fabric meant to stand up to the elements….let me think…Sunbrella! If you aren’t familiar with sunbrella fabric let me give you a quick introduction. It is made my Glen Raven Mills which has been making fabric and material since the ice cream cone debuted and Theodore Roosevelt was president in 1904. Sunbrella is a solution dyed acrylic fabric meant to be outside. It is widely used in the marine industry and outdoor living industry. It carries a 10 year warranty for goodness sakes! I think it will hold up quite nicely as an all year grill cover. Sunbrella carries a wide range of colors. We use the marine grade sunbrella to make our grill covers and you can choose whichever color you want. In fact, choose two if you like. Pick a couple of colors to accent your home, or of your favorite sports team. We have a grill cover to fit your needs. If not we will custom build one for you.
These are designed and made in Toledo, Ohio and we are sure you will love the way it looks, fits, and protects.
Working in this industry I see a lot of sites and blogs that like to compare products and spotlight different products. While most are worth reading it is rare to find any comparisons on what allows us to stay on the water in the hot blistering sun – the bimini top. Without the bimini top keeping us out of the sun, our time on the water will be cut short due to blistering sun burns, dehydration, and perhaps death. OK maybe not death, at least not right away.
Boat builders they are the first to say they need to offer bimini tops with their boats, but they end up putting the cheapest thing on it they can find just to say they offer it. Not all of them do it but a significant amount do. Boat manufacturers pour money into research and development to offer new amenities and new ways to make their boat look good and be comfortable on the inside. Guess what? No one can see the inside of your boat from across the lake. What they can see is you put a shabby looking top that is worth about 150.00 on a 50,000.00 pontoon boat. If you are willing to do that most won’t believe you are willing to put a lot of money anywhere else on your boat.
As a consumer you continue to scan the horizon looking for something better. Without a doubt the bimini top is the first thing most see out on the water on any given day. Poorly made bimini tops tend to lead people to believe the boat may not be all that well made either. A well built bimini top will compliment the boat which in turn will cause people to search you out on the water to compliment you, your boat, and your bimini top. They may even ask where you got it. Chances are you didn’t buy it with the boat – chances are you bought it from us.
We take exceptional pride in our work, our workforce, and ulitmately our products. Regardless of whether it is our bimini tops, or our grill covers, we take the extra steps to ensure your satisfaction with your purchase. I wish I had a nickel for every time a customer has recommended us to a friend or family member. Even better I wish I had a dime for every recommended customer that has told me they saw our bimini top on a boat on the lake and asked that boat owner where they got such a great looking top. Then I tell them how reasonable the prices are — mind blown. Yup add up all those dimes and nickles and I’d be writing this from a cabana in Key West.
I was surfing the net today to see what the competiton was up to. When I do that sort of thing I try really hard to put myself in the shoes of a consumer – you know, someone who is looking to buy a bimini top. I try to keep an open mind…I really do. Sometimes it is difficult though to keep a straight face. Here are a few things I “learned” today:
If your bimini top hasn’t faded in 5 years it probably won’t fade in another 5 years.
90% of all pontoon boats are 8′ wide.
People that sell on ebay are typically college students selling out of their dorm room
Wow…there were more great lines but to keep this from dragging on and on lets just leave it at these three. As someone that has been around different fabrics my whole life I can tell you the first line is a bit off. I was going to email the website and ask if they believed that statement will they give me a 10 year warranty on their 5 year fabric?
90% of all pontoon boats are 8′ wide. If it were the year 1999 I’d agree a little more but not completely. Most are 8’6″ wide in 2014.
I have bought and sold quite a bit on ebay. I have never had the impression the seller was in a dorm room. I have never sold anything from a dorm room.
As a consumer I feel a bit lost when it comes to who is saying what online. Bimini tops are not cheap. If I dig into this topic online far enough I am going to get more and more confused. I would want to call someone who can help. Call Northstar Products – we are here to help. We will answer all questions honestly. We won’t pressure you into upgrades or try to sell you something that may or may not fit correctly. Doing business with us is like doing business with a family member or friend. We will treat you fair and help you pick out the right top for you and your boat. We are not a one size fits all sort of business. If you want your bimini frame and top to be 92″ wide we are not going to make you buy an 8′ wide frame and push it into a 92″ wide boat. We will build it 92″ wide for you. No extra charge to do it either. Remember you are working with a friend here.
The landscape was different in the fall of 2007. The boating industry was living large and everyone seemed to be doing well. The housing industry was going crazy and people were buying boats faster than they could be built. Champagne was falling from the sky and everyone got lucky on a friday night. Okay maybe it wasn’t THAT great but times were pretty good.