When it comes to boat covers for the summer, there are a number of different options to consider.
Type of Cover You Want
Depending on how you are using your boat, there are different covers. Storage covers are made to fit loosely and are good for protecting your boat at the dock or when stored on the trailer. Trailer covers have a snugger fit and withstand traveling at highway speeds in order to transport your boat.
You also can choose between a universal fit basic cover and a custom cover. Custom covers give you the best fit and are made for the make and model of your boat. These do cost the most but will last longer and are easy to put on and remove. If you are looking for something in between a basic cover and a custom cover, you can get a semi-custom cover for a slightly better fit.
The fabric you choose needs the right combination of water repellency and breathability. You want to make sure you keep any rainwater out but allow any trapped water to escape. The fabric should also be mildew and UV resistant. Abrasion resistance is necessary for trailer covers since it needs to withstand the rigors of the road. There aren’t a lot of materials that are going to meet all these requirements but any coated synthetic fabric can be a good compromise. Polyester and cotton blends don’t last as long.
Color You Want
It may be surprising to hear, but dark colors can be the most recommended. The higher amount of dye that comes in the dark colors increases the UV resistance and helps the cover last longer. Black, green, and blue boat covers for summer will last longer than red, tan, or white. However, it’s important to note that darker colors do absorb more heat and that heat is transmitted to your boat.
You want to have accurate measurements in order to make the most out of your cover. In order to do this, measure the boat’s centerline length in a straight line from the farthest point aft to the bow tip. Add length for options you want to cover, such as swim platforms or motors.
Avoiding Common Mistakes with Boat Covers
You want to avoid covers that are too big since they will sag under rainwater and collect moisture. Oversized covers can also billow in windy conditions and increase the risk of tearing. If the cover is too tight then it can lead to damage.
Why You Need a Boat Cover
There are a number of reasons why you need to have a boat cover. Keeping your boat clean is one of the main reasons. When you repel moisture and water then the interior remains free of mold and dry. However, a snug-fitting cover can keep animals out of your boat as well. Animals love to chew on things like wires, so covers can save you money and time spent on repairs. A boat cover can also be a good deterrent to theft. Covers can make sure that your boat arrives in pristine condition when you travel with it and ensure doesn’t have any sun damage, dusty carpets, or wet interiors.
Care for Your Boat Covers
One of the most important factors for ensuring you don’t have any issues with your boat cover is snugness. Every tiedown loop should also be secured using straps or a shock cord. Protect the sides of the boat from any buckles or hooks that could scratch the finish. Wash the cover with mild soap and be sure to shake out the dust. Don’t use a scrub brush, hard detergents, or bleach in order to clean.