When the colder weather starts to blow in, it’s time to get your boat ready for winter storage. Using a boat cover is a good idea whether you store your boat indoors or outdoors. A boat cover can protect your boat from dust, dirt, rain, snow, UV rays, and other damage.
Before you install the boat cover, make sure your boat is clean and dry. You’ll also need to perform any maintenance tasks necessary to prepare your boat for a long period of storage.
Pad any sharp edges or points on the boat (such as the windshield corners) with foam or old rags. Anything soft and squishy will do, as long as it stays in place. Padding sharp points will prevent wear and tear on the cover. If the cover rubs back and forth on sharp edges, it can get damaged long before it’s served its life. Extra padding also allows you to strap the cover down tightly without stressing the fabric.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installing the boat cover. Drape the front of the cover is over the front of the boat. Roll the cover back to the rear of the boat, and then pull the cover down around the sides.
Strap the cover in place using the tie downs included with your boat cover. If you live in a windy area, you might want to get a few extra tie downs for added security.
Use all of the tie down straps and/or hooks included with your boat cover. If you fail to secure the cover properly, it could blow off in windy or stormy conditions.
After connecting the straps, cinch them down tight for a secure fit. Don’t over-stress the fabric on your cover, but make sure the cover is tight enough to prevent wind lofting.
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