Boat Cover Basics – Protecting Your Investment
There’s an old saying that goes “a boat is just a hole in the water you throw money into”. While it’s true in that a boat can be an expensive investment, a hole in the water never can be as much fun as a boat. Your boat is a great way to enjoy the great outdoors, and for many it’s important to keep it in great shape. In fact, that saying loses a lot of its punch when you consider that just protecting and maintaining your boat properly will help you avoid constantly spending the money that so many people seem to complain about. And as the warmer months wind down, no single purchase for your boat is as important as a quality boat cover.
Boat covers are designed to fit each boat perfectly, but they’re often available in pre-made sizes that fit most boats. You can usually match up your boat type – ski boat, fishing boat, pontoon boat, or cruising boat – and its overall length and find a cover that will match it almost perfectly. Some may decide that a custom cover is right for them and will purchase one measured and cut to fit their boat to a ‘T’. Either way, boat covers provide a lot of benefits.
It may seem like an oxymoron to say that you don’t want your boat getting wet, but in the cold weather months and during periods of non-use it really is true. Water inside the boat can damage interior components, from the seat upholstery to the ignition to the motor. Mildew, mold, and even rot in some cases can occur, but a boat cover blocks out all of this and ensures that you have a worry-free winter. While the engine is what most people think of when they set out to cover their boat, the interior is also very important.
Boat covers also give you protection from extreme sunshine, which can damage the interior of the boat. They’ll also protect against snow or other weather related problems. And they’ll help protect against animal related issues as well. Whether it’s bird droppings, a bee’s nest under the steering wheel, or a rat nest in a seat, covers protect from a lot more than just water. These points are often overlooked by boat owners until they find themselves facing them, but going ahead and protecting yourself against the issue ahead of time is a better idea.
Covers are available for trailered or floating boats and can be secured easily with a few basic straps. You’ll even be able to find boat covers for odd sized boats like pedal boats, canoes, or even boat motor covers. To find a good cover be sure you pick one that offers all-weather protection, a good warranty, and is designed to fit your boat perfectly. If you’ll keep those basic points in mind you should have no trouble at all tracking down the perfect boat for your home. It’s a very small investment that will pay off tremendously in protecting your large investment.