How To Protect Your Boat From Weather
Harsh weather is hard on boats. From damaging the paint to filling them with water, there are many ways for a boat to suffer from inclement weather. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Protecting your boat from the elements can be as simple as rolling up a tarp and securing it with bungee cords or using boat covers made of heavy-duty materials that will keep your boat safe and dry all year long.
Boat covers are the most economical and durable option. They can be used to cover all your boats at once, or just a single boat whenever it’s not in use. Boat covers come with standard tarps that have grommets along the perimeter for easy installation of bungee cords; if you’re looking for something more heavy duty than the standard tarp, there are also custom-fit boat covers available on sites like Amazon. These will completely enclose your boat when they’re closed so water won’t get inside no matter how much rain falls outside!
The next step is choosing which type of material you want for your cover: vinyl, fabric (like canvas), or polyester? Here’s an overview of each one.
Vinyl is a waterproof material that’s also fairly durable, but it can’t be washed. Vinyl covers are often less expensive than the other two options and they’re good for trailers or boats stored at marinas.
Maintaining a vinyl boat cover requires keeping them clean with soap and water (no harsh chemicals), then rinsing thoroughly to remove all traces of dirt before sealing in freshness with Armor All Protectant. They should only need cleaning every six months or so depending on how well your boat sits out over time. Once per year, you should replace any grommets that have been ripped from their base by securing new ones into place using epoxy glue – this will ensure your tarp remains secured to your boat.
Fabric covers are made from heavy-duty canvas or polyester and they’re more flexible than vinyls which makes them easier to install over larger boats, but can be a little tricky when it comes time for folding up the cover at night because of how bulky they can get. These materials also require regular washing – once per week if you have hard water like I do! And dry cleaning is recommended every six months as well just in case mildew starts to grow on the fabric.
Polyester boat covers come with UV protection so that means your boat stays looking good even after being exposed all day long without any sunblock (or rain)! They don’t need washing often unless there’s been something spilled inside.