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October 19, 2012

How to Install a Boat Cover for Winter Storage

Boat cover

Use a boat cover to protect your boat during winter storage.

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.

Preparation

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.

Padding

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.

Installation

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.

Tie Downs

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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February 14, 2012

How to Install a Boat Cover

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Boat cover

Use all included straps to secure the boat cover.

Keep your fishing boat or speed boat protected with a boat cover. Winter weather, harsh sunlight, and rainy days can be hard on your boat’s finish and upholstery, but a quality boat cover will help prevent wear and tear from the environment.

Boat Cover Instructions

  1. Cover any sharp points or edges on the boat (such as the corners of the windshield) with a cloth or a sponge to avoid rips or tears when the cover is strapped tightly across the boat.
  2. Find the label with arrows sewn in the hem of the cover that indicates “Front.” Drape the front of the cover over the bow. Then roll the cover back over the boat and pull down the sides.
  3. Connect and secure all tie down straps included with your boat cover.
  4. Secure the tie down straps on the rear of the cover and secure the straps to the trailer frame.
  5. After connecting all of the straps, cinch the straps down tight for a secure fit.

Trailering a Boat

If you are transporting your boat on a trailer or open vehicle, double check that all of the straps are tight and the ends are secured before taking off. Stop and check the straps again shortly after you get on the road. Then check the boat cover straps again each time you stop.

June 23, 2010

How to Install a Trailerable Boat Cover

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Trailerable Boat Cover Installation Diagram

Trailerable Boat Cover Installation Diagram

Whether you’re trailering your boat or storing it for the off-season, a trailerable boat cover can provide the protection and shelter that your boat needs. Rain, snow, and UV rays can damage your boat if left unprotected. Leaves, dirt, and debris can leave it dirty and wet. With a boat cover, all these factors are eliminated, and your boat is ready for use whenever you are.

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See the installation steps below to secure your cover for trailering or storage. These instructions are designed specifically for DuraShield boat covers; however, they may also apply to covers from other manufacturers.

To Install Your Boat Cover:
  1. Cover any sharp points or edges on the boat (such as the corners of the windshield) with a cloth or sponge to avoid rips or tears when the cover is strapped tightly across the boat.
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  3. Find the label with arrows, sewn into the hem of the cover, that indicates “Front.” Drape the front of the cover over the bow. Then roll the cover back over the boat and pull down the sides. The elastic hem or shock cord will help secure it in place.
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    Boat Cover Strap System

    Boat Cover Strap System

  5. Use tie down straps to secure the cover to the boat. Each tie down system works differently. The following instructions apply specifically to the DuraShield Boat Cover tie down system. Connect four straps (A) to the four lower buckles (C) on one side of the cover and run the straps underneath the trailer beams to the other side of the boat. Connect the other end of the straps into the lower buckles (C) on the other side of the cover.
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  7. Connect four straps (B) to the four upper buckles (D) on one side of the cover and run the straps over the top of the cover through the loops. Connect these straps to the upper buckles (D) on the other side of the cover.
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  9. After connecting all of the straps, cinch the straps down tight for a secure fit.
Boat Trailering Tips

Be sure to use, tighten, and secure all straps and hooks when transporting your boat on a trailer or open vehicle. Failure to do this may cause the cover to blow off and cause injury to others. It may also result in damage to the cover.

After driving a short distance, stop and check to make sure the boat and cover are secure. Tighten the straps as needed. Continue to check the boat and cover at all rest stops along the way. We recommend the use of additional tie downs for high speed travel.

May 26, 2010

How to Install a Pontoon Cover

Pontoon Boat Cover Installation Diagram

Pontoon Boat Cover Installation Diagram

One of the best ways to protect your investment in your pontoon is to shelter it from the elements with a pontoon cover. A cover is quick and easy to install, and it’s a small price to pay compared to the cost of repairs from sun damage, moisture damage, and other factors. Take a few minutes to properly install your pontoon cover, and you could save yourself a lot of time, money, and headaches down the road.

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The following instructions are designed specifically for the DuraShield Pontoon Cover, but they apply universally to many other covers on the market. See your owners manual for more detailed instructions.

  1. Cover any sharp points or edges on the pontoon with a cloth or sponge to avoid rips or tears when the cover is strapped tightly across the pontoon.
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  3. Find the yellow label with arrows sewn into the hem of the cover that indicates “Front.” Drape the front of the cover over the bow. Then roll the cover back over the pontoon and pull down the sides.
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    Pontoon cover strap system

    Pontoon cover strap system

  5. Use tie down straps to secure the cover to the boat. Each tie down system works differently. The following instructions apply specifically to the DuraShield Pontoon Cover tie down system, which includes eight tie down straps with quick-release buckles.
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  7. Connect four straps (A) to the four lower buckles (C) on one side of the cover and run the straps underneath the trailer beam to the other side of the pontoon. Connect the other end of the straps into the lower buckles (C) on the other side of the cover.
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  9. Connect four straps (B) to the four upper buckles (D) on one side of the cover and run the straps over the top of the cover. Connect these straps to the upper buckles (D) on the other side of the cover.
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  11. After connecting all of the straps, cinch the straps down tight for a secure fit.

Be sure to use, tighten, and secure all straps and hooks when transporting your pontoon on a trailer or open vehicle. Failure to do this may cause the cover to blow off and cause injury to others. It may also result in damage to the cover.

After driving a short distance, stop and check to make sure the pontoon and cover are secure. Tighten the straps as needed. Continue to check the pontoon and cover at all rest stops along the way. We recommend the use of additional tie downs for high speed travel.

May 11, 2010

How to Install a Fishing Boat Cover

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Fishing Boat Cover Installation Diagram

Fishing Boat Cover Installation Diagram

Installing a fishing boat cover is quick and easy, once you know how to do it. You’ll be thankful for a dry seat on those wet, dewy early mornings, when you use your water-repellent boat cover.

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The following steps are specifically written for the DuraShield Fishing Boat Cover, but they are general enough to apply to most boat covers. Refer to your manufacturer’s instruction manual for detailed instructions.

  1. Cover any sharp points or edges on the boat (such as the corners of the windshield) with a cloth or sponge to avoid rips or tears when the cover is strapped tightly across the fishing boat.
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  3. Find the label with arrows, sewn into the hem of the cover, that indicates “Front.” Drape the front of the cover over the bow. Then roll the cover back over the boat and pull down the sides. The elastic hem or shock cord will help secure it in place.
  4. Boat Cover Strap System

    Boat Cover Strap System

  5. Use tie down straps to secure the cover to the boat. Each tie down system works differently. The following instructions apply specifically to the DuraShield Fishing Boat Cover tie down system. Connect three straps (A) to the lower buckles (C) on one side of the cover and run the straps underneath the boat to the other side. Connect the other end of the straps into the lower buckles (C) on the other side of the cover.
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  7. Connect three straps (B) to the upper buckles (D) on one side of the cover and run the straps over the top of the cover through the loops. Connect these straps to the upper buckles (D) on the other side of the cover.
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  9. Connect the two remaining tie down straps to the buckles on the rear of the cover and secure the straps to the trailer frame.
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  11. After connecting all of the straps, cinch the straps down tight for a secure fit.

Be sure to use, tighten, and secure all straps and hooks when transporting your boat on a trailer or open vehicle. Failure to do so may cause the cover to blow off and cause injury to others. It may also result in damage to the cover.