If you love the ocean, and taking in the smell and walking by the coastline with the sunset in the background makes you happy, you’ve probably thought about getting a boat. You’ve fantasised about sailing along some of the popular marinas, like Nightcliff Boat Ramp or Coral Bay Boat Ramp, experiencing the waves and wonder of the sea.
However, the boating lifestyle is not just a beautiful fantasy; it’s a serious venture that requires a pain-staking amount of time and energy, as well as money. Since it’s an expensive investment, your boat needs to brave the elements. That being said, you need to take good care of your boat. and do everything in your power to prolong its life.
There are many things you can do to protect your prised possession, like getting a boat cover. A cover is an inexpensive and easy way to protect your boat when not in use. This is a protective layer that’s intended to keep the boat clean while also shielding it from long-term exposure to the sun and its UV rays. If not protected from the sun, the UV rays will cause your boat to lose its colour and beauty with time. Even worse, aside from the fading, some parts of the boat can develop cracks from the heat of the sun.
And apart from the danger of the sun, water can also be a potential hazard. Ironic, isn’t it? Water is even more of a risk, as the moisture can ruin your entire interior and cause mould to develop. You certainly don’t want a decrepit boat, which is why when buying one, you should always get a protective boat cover.
Your First Cover
Now, as a newbie in the boating game, you’re likely lost and have no idea where to start. So, how will you know the best option for you? Well, as far as covers go, the ideal first choice is one made of 100% solution-dyed polyester. On the market, you’ll see a lot of cotton-poly, nylon, or vinyl blends. However, polyester trumps them all. From a technical view, polyester is the most resistant against abrasion, UV, and water. All of the most potentially damaging elements are no match for this fabric that keep your boat looking shiny and well-kept for longer.
Another crucial aspect of choosing a cover is breathability. You don’t want to cut off air circulation to the interior, because then you’ll get mould and fungus growing inside. The polyester fabric allows the interior to breathe. Even so, on a practical level, this kind of cover has a long lifespan and comes at a reasonable price. It can last for a minimum of five years, providing great value for money. And reasons like these are why polyester is an industry-standard and an excellent choice for a cover for a boat.
But what further distinguishes the material is the fact that it’s solution-dyed. Solution-dyed fabrics have a colour that lines the entire material, which adds an extra layer of protection. Due to this, the cover is more resistant to fading and UV degradation. Remember, the sun is a threat, so it’s always good to take extra precautions.
Finally, covers come in various sizes depending on the type of boat you have, so you have a wide range of choices. Make sure to measure your boat and compare the dimensions with the size of the cover to ensure no part of it goes unprotected.
Of Technicalities and Details
Besides fabric and size, there are many other technical factors to keep in mind when buying a cover. You’d want to invest in something that’s manufactured to offer extra strength and longevity. So, it’s recommended to look for a model with seams that are double stitch overlapped. Meaning, a second seam is sewn between the first and the raw edges of the seam allowance. This type of construction is much stronger than a one-stitch.
Furthermore, look for a cover with a double thickness bow panel meant to protect the controls. This way, won’t have to worry about the most important and expensive part of your boat.
You’d also want to look for a cover that has a tailored fit and is easy to adjust. This way, you will have an easier time applying and adjusting it. And if the sections are pleaded, it will make for a roomier and more accommodating effect. The purpose of this is that no matter the finer details and elements of your boat, all of them can easily fit in into the covering.
Lastly, the webbings of the cover should preferably be enclosed in the hem and come with camlock buckles. Because of the hem, it will be a lot harder for the fabric to get accidentally unravelled and it will fit better at the end. Meanwhile, the camlock buckles make tightening a lot easier and require less strength. You will have no issues adjusting around the hull, the most problematic element to fasten.
Transport and Safety
Of course, no matter how great the technical characteristics are, you want to be able to take your boat to a harbour and enjoy yourself out on the water. You didn’t just buy it for it to sit pretty in storage, safe and sound. You want to experience the beauty of the sea wherever you can, whenever you can. To do this, you want to be sure that you can safely transport your boat. You can rest assured that this will come easy with the right cover for a boat.
Not all covers come equipped for towing with tied down and trailerable webbing straps, but some do, so make sure to look for such a model. Also, look for one that has an extension by which you can tie it to your car. Having said that, you must properly secure your boat to make it suitable for highway travel. Just follow the instructions, and you’ll be good to go.
Safe and Pleasant Sails!
At the end of the day, thanks to a quality protective cover, your boat will be safe and preserved. And by not having to worry about repairs and cleaning, you’ll save a lot of time and money. And always remember, just because it’s in storage, it doesn’t mean that your boat doesn’t need protection or that nothing can happen to it. At all times when your boat is not in use, you should safely store it with all the necessary precautions. So that no matter how much time has passed since you last used it, it will be ready to go immediately.
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