No one wants to spend hours cleaning and prepping a boat to be able to go fishing. Ideally we would like to be able to throw the gear in the boat and take off. This can be accomplished if we had the forethought to purchase and use a boat cover to prevent the dirt, debris and even insect & animal nests from becoming a part of our boat’s interior over the winter months. Any type of maintenance takes away from the fun we want to have on our boat. So what types of covers are there for the boat?
When considering what cover to purchase, you should take into account the size of the boat, the material used to make the cover and the fittings that are used to attach the cover.
Now if you want the very best for your boat and the cost is of no concern to you, you should definitely purchase the cover that was made by the boat’s manufacturer. This custom made cover was designed for every aspect of your boat’s dimensions. It is made specifically for the model and make of the boat. This of course means that it will provide the best possible fitting, but you might have to wait for this specially designed cover to be made at the factory by the manufacturer.
Not all of us are at the point in our lives that we can provide a cover that fits our boat like a glove. In that case we would like to consider a universal cover that is ready made and available for purchase. This cover is best for those of us on a budget- it offers us a low cost solution that provides cheap maintenance, protection and safety to our prized possession, our boat. In addition, universal covers also come as trailerable covers which provide an important barrier of protection when the boat is being transported from home to the river. The main disadvantage of the universal cover is that it may not fit our boat as snugly as we might want. boat things
The best way to judge the quality of the universal cover is the warranty provided by the manufacturer. The longer the warranty is, the better the quality of the fabric used in the cover. The fabric must be designed for extra durability and all weather protection. The innovative fabric must be treated to withstand the rigors of damaging UV rays, with UV resistant ratings of 1000 hours and more. The fabric should be treated for maximum water resistance and should be water repellent and mildew resistant. The seams in the cover should be double stitched with rot-proof thread and treated to block water from entering through stitching. If you plan to trailer your boat down the highway then it is important that you have an integrated strap & buckle system with quick-release strap buckles to secure your cover. An anti-moisture storage sack is a great addition for storing the cover when it is not on your boat.
When it is time to order your cover, you should take accurate dimensions of the boat. Measure it yourself. Do not count on the dimensions supplied by the manufacturer. To find the center line length, measure from the tip of the bow to the center of the stern. Add the length of any extensions, such as bow pulpits, transom brackets, and swim platforms to the center line. To find the beam width, measure the boat at its widest point. Measure the distance from the bottom of the keel to the highest fixed point in order to get the height of the boat. If your boat is a t-top, be sure to measure the boat console to ensure a proper fitting. Most covers are designed for single engines with bow rails up to 24″. For dual engines, simply order the next larger size.
If you are like most people, you are living on a budget. You don’t have the luxury of being able to purchase the manufacturer’s specially made cover for your boat. Lucky for you there are many excellent universal covers on the market that will provide years of protection for your prized possession.