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Boat Cover: Does Your Boat Need One?

Jan 29, 2008
For many people, buying a boat is an investment and the culmination of a lifetime of saving and something that you and your family will spend many happy days on. Boating is a wonderful way to celebrate an important occasion with someone special or to spend a lazy day on the water fishing with friends. Owning a boat is a wonderful experience; however, to keep your boat in good working order you must properly maintain it. This is why you will find the use of a boat cover absolutely imperative. A boat cover will provide durable, lasting protection for your boat investment

A boat cover benefits a boat in multiple ways. It provides protection for winter storage, mooring and towing, plus it will protect the boat from the vagaries of weather, dust accumulation and road dirt when travelling. If it is left unattended and uncovered for any length and time a boat will quickly deteriorate under the wear and tear caused by sun, rain, wind and dust. A boat cover can increase the longevity of a boat by fifty per cent, compared to the boat that is left uncovered.

What Type Of Boat Cover Is Best For Your Boat?

There are many types of boat covers available on the market. The type of boat cover best suited to your boat will depend on the style of boat you have, how much time it will be left unattended, and the type of weather your boat will generally be exposed to, whether it is left for long periods in the water or if it is trailered. The best boat cover is one that allows you to cover the boat completely; hence it needs to be cut to allow it to accommodate the console, rails, motor and mount, etc. This is why many people prefer to purchase a custom boat cover which will be tailor made to suit each accessory on the boat, and to fit snugly with no gaps, rather than a more economical universal fit boat cover.

There are many fabrics for manufacturing boat covers. One of the most popular fabrics is waver polyester alternated with non-waver polyester. Canvas is a popular and economical fabric for boat covers. The more rugged the cover the better protection it will provide for your boat. Vessels that are left unattended for a long time will require more rugged covers than those that are left unattended only for a week or so.

Make sure that the boat cover you choose is completely waterproof. There are many hi-tech breathable materials available today that allow the moisture that can collect on the boat to evaporate. Some covers will also protect your boat from ultraviolet rays which will assist in keeping the color of the boat looking like new for longer.

Before you decide on which boat cover would best suit your boat research all the available materials and the related costs. Choose a cover that provides the best value for money taking into consideration the fit, the level of protection that your boat requires and the cost and ensure that the cover you purchase comes complete with any required support poles and tie down straps.
About the Author
Alison Stevens is an online author and a keen boater. She maintains the websites Marine Diesel Secrets and the Pontoon Boat Site.
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