Marine Boats

Whether you are cruising on a lake or fishing in the ocean, your boat and boat top closures need protection from damaging elements including sun, wind, and water. YKK North and Central America Group offers a variety of fastening products which add value and are sure to keep your boat top in ship shape condition. YKK’s MARINE MATES® zippers are a unique line of VISLON® zippers designed specifically to resist corrosion and add protection from the sun’s damaging UV rays, and they are available in a #8 and #10 size. YKK offers TA single pull and TX double pull automatic locking plastic sliders that are resistant to salt water. We also offer our SK50 stainless steel snaps, which come in a stud, socket and screw stud. The SK50 series has the strongest lateral shear strength in the industry, enabling your canvas to stay in place. Screw studs come in various screw lengths, and a self-drill and tap screw stud is available to eliminate the need for pre-drilling before installation.

Another snap fastener that is perfect for your boating needs is YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. Snap and Button Product’s revolutionary SNAD® snap fastener, an adhesively attached snap fastener which eliminates the need to drill holes into your boat. With this fastener, no tools are necessary.  Just clean the surface, remove the backing and attach!  The SNAD® snap fastener can be attached wherever a conventional screw stud can be used and also in quite a few places where they cannot be used including glass windows. The adhesive is a proven technology of 3M™ VHB™ tape adhesive.

Though the zippers and snaps are the most overlooked mechanical items on a boat, it is important to take care of them so that you can enjoy your valuable investment for many years to come. These fasteners can be used on door openings and on open air windows, so it is important to treat them as mechanical devices. A little care will go a long way in helping to extend the life of your boat. To properly maintain zippers and snaps, YKK offers the ZippyCool® Kit. This cleansing system comes with a cleaning  fluid to remove harmful dirt, sand, and salt deposits and a wax lubricating stick. It’s great for marine zippers!

Q. Do you offer custom logo options?
A. Yes, we can create custom logo zipper pulls and the cap on the snaps can be stamped with custom logos.
Q. How long does it take for the SNAD® snap fastener's adhesive to bond?
A. Once the SNAD® snap fastener has been applied to a surface, the bond will continue to strengthen with time. It will reach its ultimate bond strength after 72 hours at 70 degrees F.
Q. Do you have any instructions for care?
A. YKK's MARINE MATES® zippers and SNAD® snap fasteners are made with UV inhibitors to prevent damage from sun light as well as corrosion. It is advised that you clean and lubricate the zippers and snaps after each season before you stow away your boat. The ZIPPY COOL® kit is available for maintenance of zippers. First clean the zipper to eliminate any big debris including sand or mud. Then apply the ZIPPY COOL® Cleaning Fluid to both the inside and outside of a zipper's teeth and rinse with fresh water. Next, take your ZIPPY COOL® Lubricating Stick and apply it sparingly to the zipper's teeth. Zip and unzip a zipper carefully to distribute the lubricant. Continue this process until the zipper moves freely.

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ZIPPY COOL® Cleaning Fluid