How to Choose the Best Boat Cover for Your Climate

March 13th, 2013 | Posted by SavvyBoater in Boat Covers | Everything Boating & Fishing

Are you in the market for a new boat cover, but aren’t sure which fabric to choose? Or are you questioning your current boat cover choice? You’ve come to the right place!

Your climate should be one of the primary ways that you select the right boat cover fabric. Do you live in a cold, damp area where your boat cover needs good mildew resistance? Do you live in an area with virtually year round sun so resistance to UV rays would be a concern for you? Is heavy snow or rainfall a concern, where a strong and water resistant fabric would be ideal?

The most popular boat cover fabrics are canvas, polyester, acrylic, or a combination of the three. How do you choose the best one for your climate? Simple!

Custom Cover on V-Hull SeaRay 185

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A polyester and cotton blend is an entry-level, simple fabric. It’s breathable and has a little sun (UV) and mildew protection, but is not great for wet, humid, hot, or harsh weather conditions. Polyester and cotton blend covers are the best choice if you are storing your boat in a dry, enclosed space.

Acrylic-coated polyester is a step up from the polyester and cotton blend boat cover. These covers are extremely water resistant, durable, and are great for cold, dry (and moist) climates. Acrylic-coated polyester boat covers are not, however, ideal for humid and hot climates due to their low breathability aspect.

A boat cover that is 100% marine-grade polyester is a perfect choice for most boats in most situations. While the price is generally higher than the previous two, it is ideal for every climate, and is water resistant, breathable, and has great sun protection. Marine-grade polyester is a very sturdy fabric, so it’s a great choice if you will be towing your boat often.

Do you want a high-end (and expensive) boat cover? A marine-grade acrylic boat cover is the most durable and strongest fabric out there. Acrylic is perfect for hot and humid (and cold and moist) climates because of it’s high mildew, UV, and water resistant nature. They also have the most vibrant colors and color stay properties.

In short, the best boat cover fabric for hot and humid, or cold and damp climates is 100% marine-grade polyester or marine-grade acrylic. Any fabric choice would work great with cold and dry or hot and dry climates. If you are storing your boat or live in mild climate, the cheapest option of a polyester and cotton blend is your best bet.

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P.S. Be sure to properly measure your boat for a new cover. If you’re unsure of how to do this, here’s a great video that shows you how:


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