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When Should I Try To Cover My Boat?

We get asked this question from time to time, and usually, our answer is the same: always cover your boat when you’re not in it! There is no one universal answer to this question, as the best time to cover your boat will depend on a variety of factors specific to your boat, where you live, and your boating area. However, as a rule, you should try to cover your watercraft as much as possible when it’s off the water. This course of action can help protect your boat from the elements and extend its lifespan.

If you live in an area with severe weather conditions, it may be necessary to cover your boat more frequently. Likewise, if you are unable to use your boat for an extended period of time, it is essential to buy a decent boat cover to protect it from the elements. Boat covers come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so be sure to select one that is appropriate for your vessel and provides the right protection.

Covering & Protecting the Interior of Your Boat

It’s always a good idea to protect your investment by covering your boat when it’s not in use. Furthermore, it’s not always dependent on the weather or the season, as conditions can change in the blink of an eye.

Boat covers keep the interior in good condition and reduce the cleaning and maintenance you’ll need to do before you hit the water.

An rv towing a boat on a road trip.

There are a few things to keep in mind when deciding when to cover your boat:

  • The type of boat you have: Some boats are more susceptible to weather damage than others. More expensive interiors tend to be at greater risk.
  •  The climate where you live: Inclement weather, especially surprise hail, is something you’ll need to consider when deciding when to keep your boat covered.
  •  The security risks in your area: boat covers deter theft, vandalism, and other trespassing on your boat. An uncovered boat is much more a target than a covered one.

Covering & Protecting the Front of Your Boat Against Highway Rocks

When driving a boat on a highway, it is important to take measures to protect the front of your vessel from being damaged by rocks. Covering your boat or the boat trailer’s front section with a specialized deflecting mesh highway screen called RockGard can help to keep it safe from scratches, and other damage caused by gravel kicked up on the highway – the same thing that causes so much front window damage. It’s also worth noting that a custom cover fares much better on the highway than one-size-fits-all; that’s why we usually recommend custom covers for each boat you have.

By taking these precautions, you can help to ensure that your boat stays in good condition and remains safe for use on the open road.

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