Top 10 Boat Names 2016

Top 10 Boat Names 2016

So you’ve just got a new boat and it’s time to name it. Giving a boat a individual name is a great way to give it some personality; as well as showing the world a bit of yours.

But when given a blank canvas it can be pretty tricky to decide what your pride and joy is going to be called for the rest of it’s life!

Well we are here to help with the Top 10 most popular boat names 2016 as compiled by BoatUS. Take a look at this list for some inspiration, or make sure you don’t call it one of these if you want to be different from the rest!

Top 10 Boat Names 2016

1. Happy Ours
2. Freedom
3. Grace
4. Serendipity
5. Island Time
6. No Regrets
7. Liberty
8. At Last
9. Blue Moon
10. Aquaholic

Some long time classics in there, but the biggest shocker for anyone following boat names is that ‘Serenity’, 2015 & 2014’s number 1 slot doesn’t even make the cut in 2016. Tastes change fast in the world of boat names it seems!

Top 5 Boating Products Of 2016

This month Boating Industry magazine picked it’s list of the best boating products of 2016. Here at Bailey & Stone we’ve looked at their selection and picked our favourite gear; from life saving devices to high-tech toys, to bring you our personal best boating products of 2016 list, how many of these do you plan on trying out this year?

Bailey & Stone’s Top 5 Boating Products of 2016

Aegis Lifeshirt

Aegis Lifeshirt: Top 5 Boating Products of 2016

Personal Flotation Devices (PFD) are a essential part of water safety and should be a boating product we all own, but they can often be bulky and uncomfortable.

To fix this Aegis have come up with the Lifeshirt, a everyday water sport look shirt with automatic or manual active inflation built in.

The Lifeshirt is in the early stages and not currently available in the UK, but with Aegis planning on many developments going forward this could be one of the biggest innovations on a range of classic boating products we have seen in many years.

Garmin Quatix 3 Marine GPS Smartwatch

Garmin Quatix 3 Smart Watch: Top 5 Boating Products of 2016

The Garmin Quatix 3 is the latest in marine smartwatch technology.

It is equipped with many important cruising, fishing and sailing features, delivers standard smartwatch notifications for emails and text messages, and importantly looks smart also when on land.

Hobie Cat Mirage i11s

Hobie Cat Mirage i11s: Top 5 Boating Products of 2016 The Mirage i11s is the latest and lightest weight hands-free kayak offered by Hobie.

It’s elegant but simplistic design make it the perfect addition for any boat owner who likes having that extra craft for more fun when on the water.

Premier Pontoons Ricochet Ladder

Premier Pontoons Ricochet Ladder: Top 5 Boating Products of 2016

Ever forgot to put your ladder back into a safe position before setting off?

Well Premier Pontoons has came up with the answer. The Ricochet Ladder is a self retracting ladder that will automatically retract to a safe position if it detects motion.

SeaDek Dual-Density Velcro Helm Station Pad

SeaDek Velcro Helm Pad: Top 5 Boating Products of 2016

The SeaDek Helm Station Pad offers the perfect combination of comfort and safety while sitting or standing at your helm for hours on end.

This pad is made from 21mm closed cell foam that absorbs impacts protecting your body, and is made from the latest non-slip technologies.

How To Clean A Boat Canopy

How To Clean A Boat Canopy

How to clean a boat canopy

So you’ve just got a brand new boat canopy from Bailey & Stone but you’ve had a bit of a spill while out on the water, or maybe your boat has been on land for awhile and has developed some nasty mildew in that time and now you are wondering how to clean a boat canopy.

Boats are just as often in working environments as they are being used for leisure so it’s not surprising they can get dirty and not looking their best. It can also be hard to work out what is the best way to clean a boat canopy without damaging or discolouring the fabric, but don’t worry, here is a step-by-step guide on how to clean a boat canopy that will get your boat covers looking like new in no time at all.

Removing dirt or light spills from a boat canopy

In these cases it is recommended to simply brush off dirt or wipe up spills as soon as they are occur and in most cases there will be no harm to the canopy material.

Light cleaning a boat canopy

If a stain does occur, or you just want to give your canopy a general clean to keep it in good condition, here is some advice to follow:

  • Use a mild detergent such as a dishwashing liquid
  • Water temperature should be in the region of cold to lukewarm
  • Afterwards rinse thoroughly to remove any remaining detergent
  • Always air dry only, never apply heat to your canopy

You can give your canopy a light clean while it is still on the boat, or if you have enough room you can take it off and lay the panels flat:

  • Brush off any loose dirt
  • Hose down (a power washer at a medium setting works well if you have one to hand)
  • Prepare your cleaning solution of water and a mild detergent
  • Use a soft bristle brush to apply the solution to your canopy
  • Leave for 10 – 15 minutes for the solution to soak into the fabric
  • Hose down throughly until detergent residue has been removed
  • Leave canopy to air dry

In most cases this will be enough to bring a dirty and dull canopy back to life and looking new once again.

Cleaning a boat canopy with heavy stains or mildew

While Bailey & Stone only use the latest fabric technology for their canopies, if they are left in less then ideal locations for periods of time mildew can still form. If thats the case or you have more embedded stains you can still give your canopy a more heavy duty clean using the following solution:

  • Eight (8) ounces of chlorine bleach
  • Two (2) ounces of mild detergent
  • One (1) gallon of water
  • Mix the solution and apply to canopy with a soft bristle brush
  • Allow the solution to soak into the fabric for 15 minutes
  • Hose down throughly until detergent residue has been removed
  • Leave canopy to air dry
  • Repeat if necessary

Additional helpful hints

If using a bleach solution remember to protect any areas of your boat, upholstery etc that are near to the canopy when cleaning as the bleach may discolour other materials. it is recommended to remove the canopy from your boat for cleaning when using a bleach solution.

Remember to never apply any kind of heat to your canopy as this could damage the materials. Canopy fabrics are waterproof and therefore will dry quickly and safely when left to air dry.

We hope you found this guide on how to clean a boat canopy helpful, and if you have any questions you’d like answering on the blog, email them to and we will do our best to get the answers up.

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