Highlights on Marine Zippers:
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In the U.S. there are three big zipper brands that are used on boat cover applications. In order of popularity:
YKK- UV resistant zippers (most common), but have no warranty.
Lenzip - UV resistant zippers that are the only zippers offering a lifetime warranty. They are also YKK compatible.
Riri - UV resistant zippers with a five-year warranty. Riri zipper is not YKK compatible. Riri marine zippers are no longer available in the U.S. We do still have a few sliders left in stock.
Marine zippers have been a source of frustration to boat owners for a long time. They begin to break down after continued exposure to the sun's UV rays becoming chalky and brittle. They eventually lose their teeth, or the teeth begin pulling apart. Another big complaint is the zipper sliders break or fall off.
Are there different sizes? Yes there are, and it's important to know which size you have and which size you need to request when you are having custom boat covers built for you.
The most common sizes of marine zippers used in the industry are #5, #8, and #10.
In my shop we use YKK #10 and Lenzip #10. Lenzip now carries a #12 separating zipper that will be very useful for those who want to go the extra mile in heavy duty zippers.
I keep #8 YKK Marine zippers for replacements on factory manufactured boat canvas. This is because many boat canvas manufacturers use them. If I had a choice, I would never use a #8 marine zipper. My thinking is why go smaller when bigger is available.
I hope this information will help you in choosing your zipper. Boat zippers are an essential part of extending the life of your canvas, so it's always a good idea to know your options.
Have a look at the video below and learn how to identify your zipper size by the zipper pull. You will also need to know the size for zipper pull replacement when the time comes.
Here is a picture of a separating marine zipper with proper terminology starting with #2
Separating means that the zipper unzips and the two sides completely separate from one another
2. The #10 Separating Marine Zipper
3. Insert Pin
4. Retaining Box
5. Box Pin
6. Teeth Elements
7. Zipper Tape
8. Zipper Slider Unit
Tip: Determine your marine zipper size (see Actual Size Zipper above), and keep a dozen extra metal zipper sliders and stainless steel crimp-on zipper stops on your boat for repairs. Salt water boaters should replace their pulls once a year. Stainless steel zipper pulls are available and worth the price. You can keep them for life and use them on future boat zippers as well. Another nice add-on boat zipper option is a lanyard zipper pull. This cord attachment adds additional length and makes the zipper easier to grab and pull.
Most Common Failures With
Marine Zippers and Zipper Slider Repairs
. . . And What to do About Them!
If the retaining box breaks off:
If the teeth on each half of the zipper become separated and will no longer hold together:
If the zipper slider unit is stuck:
Here is our EZ-Xtend Boat Zipper!
You will find EZ Zips very helpful for shrinking boat canvas since they work as an extender zipper. They also make a great temporary solution for failing zippers until permanent repairs can be made. Make EZ-Xtend Boat Zippers a part of your essential boat gear.
If you have marine zipper strain caused by material shrinkage:
If zipper stop fails and slider falls off the bottom of your zipper:
Zipper Stop in Place
Just like Thomas from Lake Winnebago.
Thomas purchased a zipper from us and created this awesome sailboat cover to keep his boat protected and ready to sail. Thanks for the photo Thomas!
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The marine zippers we sell are the same zippers we use in our shop and are shown on this page.
These heavy duty zippers for boat covers are made for an outdoor environment.
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WE STILL HAVE SLIDERS AVAILABLE
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