Comparing Boat Cover Materials
Are you the proud owner of a boat? If so, you’ll know the joy and thrill of navigating the waterways of our beautiful isle. But with this exhilarating experience comes the responsibility of safeguarding your valuable investment. One essential aspect of boat maintenance is selecting the ideal cover to shield your vessel from the elements. […]
Are you the proud owner of a boat? If so, you’ll know the joy and thrill of navigating the waterways of our beautiful isle. But with this exhilarating experience comes the responsibility of safeguarding your valuable investment. One essential aspect of boat maintenance is selecting the ideal cover to shield your vessel from the elements. A quality boat cover not only extends the life of your boat but also keeps it looking pristine. In this blog, Canvasman – your trusted source for boat covers – will delve into the importance of choosing the right boat cover materials and offer valuable tips to help you make the right decision.
Understanding the Importance of a Boat Cover
Boats, whether used for fishing, cruising, or water sports, are constantly exposed to various environmental stressors. The sun’s harmful UV rays, rain, snow, and wind can all take a toll on your boat’s appearance and structural integrity. This is where a high-quality boat cover comes to the rescue.
A boat cover serves several crucial purposes:
- Protection from the Elements: Boat covers shield your vessel from the sun, rain, and snow, preventing damage caused by prolonged exposure to these elements, which can cause the structure to rot and degrade prematurely. A good boat cover can prevent the boat from sinking in bad weather.
- Providing more usable space: A good boat cover can provide you with extra living, or storage space, allowing you to spend more time on the water, whatever the weather.
- Dust and Debris Protection: It keeps dust, debris, and even pesky bird droppings off your boat, preventing the boat from being scarted and stained.
- Security: A boat cover can act as a deterrent against theft and vandalism by concealing your boat’s contents and making it less attractive to potential thieves.
Choosing the Right Boat Cover
Now that we’ve established the importance of a boat cover, let’s explore the factors you should consider when selecting the perfect one:
Boat covers are available in various materials, such as polyester, marine grade canvas, and PVC vinyl, each with its unique benefits and drawbacks. Polyester covers are lightweight and easy to handle, while marine grade canvas covers offer exceptional durability, longevity and protection. Vinyl covers provide waterproofing and easy cleaning. When choosing the material, consider your boat’s specific needs, the local climate in your area and how you intend to use your boat.
It’s crucial that the cover fits your boat snugly without being too tight or too loose. Many manufacturers offer custom-fit covers designed for specific boat models. If a custom fit isn’t an option, look for a cover with adjustable straps for a secure fit.
Proper ventilation is essential to prevent moisture buildup. Seek out covers made in a breathable fabric or consider incorporating vents in your cover. Using a support system like an adjustable tonneau support not only prevents pooling of rainwater but also ensure s adequate air circulation.
Ensure the material for your cover offers effective UV protection to shield your boat from the sun’s harmful rays. UV damage can cause the colour to fade and material degradation over time.
If your boat is exposed to the elements, choose a cover with waterproof or water-resistant properties. This will safeguard your boat from rain and snow, preventing moisture-related issues.
Trailerable vs. Non-Trailerable
If you plan to trailer your boat with the cover on, make sure it’s designed for trailering, capable of withstanding highway speeds and wind resistance.
What we believe at Canvasman
Selecting the right cover and material for your boat is a significant decision that can profoundly impact your boat’s longevity and appearance. By considering factors such as material, fit, ventilation, UV protection, water resistance, and your specific usage, you can ensure that your boat remains in top-notch condition for many years to come.
Canvasman only makes covers using the best quality materials. Our knowledgeable and experienced team are on hand to offer you free advice and answer any question you may have about what would be the best material for your boat cover.
We’re committed to keeping your vessel protected and looking its best, no matter what adventures lie ahead.
Remember, a high-quality boat cover is an investment in the longevity, and appearance of your vessel. If you want to explore how Canvasman can help you design, create, and craft the perfect boat cover tailored to your needs, please don’t hesitate to contact our dedicated team at 01943 851 444, available 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.