Boats are a great joy to have. When the word boat is mentioned, most people think of recreation, solitude, and fun. While a boat certainly does offer a lot of fun, they also require some work. Just like any other type of vehicle, boats need to be properly maintained. Because you own the boat, the job of maintaining the boat will be your responsibility. One way to keep your boat looking good and protect your boat is to use a boat cover.
The single biggest difference between boat covers is what they are made from. You may see some boat owners covering their boats with a plastic cover and tying it down. While this is certainly the most economical choice you can go with, it’s not the best choice for protection. Plastic covers are nowhere near as durable as the other types of boat covers available. Do yourself a favor, and don’t be tempted by using a cheap plastic cover to protect your boat.
The most common type of boat covers are made from canvas. These are more expensive than a piece of plastic, but the cheapest of legitimate boat covers. If you live in a climate that sees excessive moisture such as a lot of snow or rain, you may not want to buy a canvas boat cover. These kinds of boat covers are best when used in places that have normal weather conditions, but not a lot of moisture.
If you live in an area that sees a lot of snow or heavy rain, it doesn’t mean that you’re out of luck with canvas boat covers. It just means that you will probably have to pay a little more and go with a canvas cover that is made from blended fabrics. The blended fabrics stand up to moisture much better.
The most common type of blended fabric canvas covers are comprised of cotton and polyester. If you’re going to get a blended fabric cover try to make sure that you have one that has a higher percentage of polyester. This will ensure it is more durable, and will do a better job protecting your boat.
Pure polyester boat covers are also available. These are the most durable type of boat covers. These are going to cost more, but what you get in return is worth the price you pay. Polyester boat covers offer the best protection against moisture. They also don’t stretch or shrink.
Boat covers can be purchased one of two ways. You can buy one off the shelf that is close to your boat’s size. Or, you can have one custom made. Obviously, custom made boat covers, especially if you choose to have it made from 100% polyester, will cost a lot more than one off the shelf. If you can afford it, it is suggested you have a custom boat cover made from 100% polyester.
A custom boat cover will ensure a firm, tight, fit. If the boat cover doesn’t fit your boat tightly, then you may as well not even cover your boat at all. Any gaps will allow debris and dirt into your boat. It could also allow moisture into your boat and if this happens you may have to contend with dry rot or mildew. Not to mention, small animals may seek shelter inside your boat. They can be very destructive if they get into your boat. If it’s not in your budget to get a custom made cover, make sure you get one that will fit your boat as snug as possible.
Boat covers are critical for boat owners to have. It may be tempting to skimp when it comes to purchasing a boat cover. However, boat covers play an integral part of making sure that boats are protected from the elements and small animals. The money you save with a cheap boat cover will be little consolation if you wind up having to spend a large amount of money taking care of scratches, dry rot, mildew, or the damage that animals do to your boat, because you skimped on the boat cover cost.