– new silicone upholstery fabric resists mold, mildew and replicates leather look and texture –
ZEPHYRHILLS, FLA. – Century Boats, a classic American boat company established in 1926 and based in Zephyrhills, Fla., today announced that it became the first boat manufacturer to incorporate Sileather™ Marine silicone leather fabric into its full production line for all upholstered pieces across all boat models.
As a 100-percent silicone material, Sileather is naturally weatherproof (waterproof, UV resistant, hydrolysis and salt water resistant), highly durable, and constantly maintains an exceptionally soft texture. Replicating the appearance and texture of natural leather for marine environment applications, Sileather is ideal for upholstery on boat interiors and exteriors.
“When we first experienced Sileather, we were most impressed with how closely the fabric resembled natural leather in appearance and texture,” said Bryan Lucius, president of Century Boats. “And when we learned of its performance capabilities in harsh marine environments, we immediately recognized its potential for application on our boats. In addition to its leather-like feel, there’s no need for sun-blocking or cleaning agents – you can even clean it with bleach. Sileather contains no plasticizers, helping to inhibit the bacteria growth that causes traditional marine vinyl to turn pink over time.”
Sileather fabrics are a new breed of high-performance outdoor fabrics using proprietary silicone coating with no treatments, finishes, or plasticizers. Its surface cools faster than Polyurethane (PU) or Polyvinylchloride (PVC) in the summer time heat, while remaining medical degree skin-friendly to bare skin. Sileather produces no off-gassing or odor and is bleach cleanable – users can even remove denim color transfer stains from any Sileather fabric.
“Sileather was able to serve Century through our common partner Premier Performance Interiors (PPI) based in Sarasota, Fla.,” said Matthew L. Smith, market development manager with Sileather. “As an existing marine industry customer of Sileather, PPI was comfortable recommending our products to Century – and today we’re proud to be a part of the entire 2019 Century model line.”
Century Boats is incorporating Sileather on all 2019 models for all upholstered pieces including helm seats, leaning posts, bow seats, chairbacks, bolsters, and more.
“We’re excited to introduce this new upholstery fabric to our customers on all 2019 models,” Lucius said. “Sileather on Century Boats is sure to deliver the luxury and reliability that our customers demand – for many years to come.”
Sileather™ is a pioneer in performance faux leather made of its proprietary100 percent silicone. Using innovative techniques, Sileather is able to redefine high performance fabrics through the best combination of various textures and the superior advantages of silicone. As a silicone textiles solutions company, we strive to offer the world a better solution of eco-friendly, sustainable, easy to clean, weatherproof, and highly durable performance fabrics that can be applied in various applications and extreme environments. Sileather silicone coated fabrics are for use as a textile in the manufacture of furniture seating upholstery and fashion materials. Sileather aims to make its patented silicone fabrics the material of the future that will be your choice for environmentally friendly and eco-conscious textiles. For more information visit www.sileather.com.
About Century Boats
Established in 1926, Century Boats is a classic American boat company that is family-owned and operated out of Zephyrhills, Fla. Fishability. Luxury. Reliability. These are the hallmarks of every Century Boat model and each is truly a luxurious, yet hardcore, fishing machine. Models include center consoles, walk arounds and expresses and range from 22 – 32 feet in length. Century Boats remains committed to innovation in design, craftsmanship and construction – and with an eye on even the smallest of details, Century encourages its customers to Demand It AllTM. For more information, please visit Century Boats .