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Monte Roller is the first to admit he is a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to his marine projects.

“It’s got to be just right,” said the owner and operator of Custom Canvas, a family-owned canvas shop specializing in high-end marine covers and enclosures in Bismarck, North Dakota. “I agonize over every detail of my projects, and that is especially the case when it comes to stitching.”

Roller, who founded Custom Canvas in 2000, produces bimini tops, boat covers, and pontoon covers. He recently specified Hydrofend® (a solution-dyed polyester designed to balance high water resistance with breathability) for a pontoon boat cover, and he predicts it will be the first of many applications.

“I hate strings — it’s as simple as that,” Roller said. “Hydrofend sews great and does not fray, which means no strings. It’s a solid look for pontoon covers.”

Available from Trivantage, Hydrofend fabrics are coated on the back of the product, which makes for superior water resistance and surface protection. The result is a fabric that lets little water in and water vapor out, while the coating ensures the fabric does not fray.

“Hydrofend’s biggest advantage is its sewability,” Roller said. “The fabric is lighter and stronger than what I’ve previously used for similar projects, and its stretchability and elasticity result in zero wrinkles.”

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