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Looking At Some Boat Covers Facts

Aug 18, 2007
Choosing the right boat usually takes a great deal of time and patience, so it's wise to also spend time researching the many boat covers that can be used on your boat. The exciting news is that good boat covers will extend the life of your boat. You can find these covers at several different prices, but be aware that price does not always indicate quality.

It is important to understand what differentiates high quality boat covers from cheaper imitations. Quality, not price, should be your priority. First, you must decide whether you want a custom boat cover or a universal boat cover.

Custom boat covers are designed to fit the exact model and year of your boat. The advantage of the custom boat covers is that they will fit tightly. The particular size and shape of your boat are taken into consideration. This means that gapping is minimized and your boat is better protected.

Universal boat covers are designed to fit all boats within a given size range. They provide adequate protection and are significantly less expensive than custom covers. However, you may experience a loose fit or some gapping. If you choose to go with a universal boat cover, be sure to purchase one that is as close as possible to the actual size of your boat.

A high quality boat cover should have certain protective features. Your boat cover should be UV and mildew resistant. UV light can cause many fabrics to break down, so UV resistance will help the cover last. Do not trust a manufacturer who claims that a boat cover is mildew-proof, as mildew is inevitable in the damp conditions experienced by a boat cover. However, mildew resistance will help to inhibit the growth of mold.

Check the seams and corners of your boat cover to make sure that they are well made and reinforced. Also, check the tie-down straps and buckles to make sure that they are well constructed and well attached. You want your boat cover to hold up against the inevitable abuse that it will take.

If you plan to put your boat on a trailer, look for a cover with special straps to tie the cover to the trailer. Special straps and hoods are also available to secure the cover around the bow of the boat and around an outboard motor. While not strictly necessary, these extra features help the cover to fully protect your boat.

Boat covers come in a variety of fabric types and colors. Lighter colors are generally a better choice as they will reflect light and minimize heat buildup underneath. Polyester and high polyester content blends are considered ideal fabrics due to their light weight, lack of stretchability and superior water resistance.

It is important to understand the basics about boat covers in order to make an intelligent decision about which one to purchase. A good boat cover is truly an investment in protecting your boat.

To find a reputable dealer, check boating books or an online boat forum for recommendations. You can also look in the telephone book under "boating gear" or "boating supplies," but be sure to check out an unknown dealer carefully. Wherever you choose to buy your boat cover, remember that quality is the most important factor.
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