Your boat endures a series of wet and dry weather cycles and other environmental elements, ranging from hot and humid days in the summer to freezing temperatures in the winter to salt air, dirt, hailstorms, bird droppings and more year-round. This makes finding the right boat cover a must in order to protect your investment.
Whether you’re buying a boat cover for the first time or replacing an older one, it’s important to understand what to look for among the various options you have to choose from. Here are some common myths to be aware of as you do your research.
A cheap boat cover or using a universal cover may seem like a good idea, but it’s a costly mistake. It doesn’t make sense to risk saving a couple hundred bucks at the expense of ruining a boat worth tens of thousands or more.
The right cover should fit snugly, and be made for the exact year, model, and manufacturer of your boat. If the cover doesn’t fit right, water and debris will get inside your boat and potentially ruin it. Also, be sure to use a cover that’s made of high-quality fabric which is waterproof, UV resistant, and mold and mildew resistant. These qualities will go a long way in protecting your watercraft, and also determine whether your cover will last for a single season or a decade.
Boat covers should be water tight, yet still allow air to circulate and moisture to escape to keep the interior dry, as well as prevent mold and mildew.
There’s a tragic tale described in Boating magazine about a guy in the Florida Keys who wrapped his boat up tight to protect it from the wet summer season while he went out of town for six months. When he returned, he found a greenhouse of black mold and mushrooms growing inside his boat, making it a complete loss. The lesson? Yes, keeping water, snow, and ice out is important, but so is letting the cover breathe to prevent “locking-in” moisture.
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