Tired of replacing your boat cover every few years, or always finding yourself battling pooling water and unwanted debris? Wondering why you spent hundreds of dollars to protect your boat, only to find mildew or tears on your cover? Well, SavvyBoater has compiled some helpful tips to make your boat cover survive the elements and more than likely extend the longevity of your boating investment.
Tie Down Your Boat Cover
- Tie down your cover to your trailer or boat. Ensure that the tie downs are properly secured and not placing too much tension on the loops.
- Make use of support poles to allow for water and debris to naturally run off your cover. This will prevent unnecessary mildew and will slow the wear and tear on your boat cover.
Protect From Water and Wind
- Apply water repellant to the outer side of your boat cover every year.
- Use reinforcements or padding on sharp edges, such as windshields, to keep your cover in tip top shape on the areas most prone to tearing.
Clean Your Boat Cover Annually
- Use a soft bristle brush to rid your boat cover of dirt and debris. Use a safe cleaner, such as a fabric cleaner and guard, to remove stains and protect from UV rays. Or, do it the old-fashioned way: spray your cover down with a hose, use ¼ cup of mild soap (never bleach) in a gallon of water, and use the brush or a mop to clean to your liking. Simply give it a rinse and don’t forget to let it hang in the sun to dry.
Fold and Store in Dry Place
- During times when your cover is not in use, be sure to store it in a clean, dry environment. Before you store it, though, you will want to make sure your boat cover is completely dry to prevent mold and mildew growth.
SavvyBoater hopes you make these simple steps part of your routine, which should help your boat cover and your pocketbook feel better in the long run.