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When and how often should you be covering your boat?

Covering your boat depends on various factors such as the weather, storage conditions, and how frequently you use the boat. Here are some considerations to keep in mind such as weather protection, storage, use, and quality cover.


Weather has a huge role in putting your boat cover on your boat for protection. If your boat is exposed to harsh weather conditions such as rain, snow, or intense sunlight, covering it can provide protection against potential damage. The UV rays from the sun can fade paint, fiberglass, wood, fabric, upholstery, and more. Depending on where you live or where your boat is kept the exposure of rain or snow can lead to corrosion.


If your boat is stored outdoors, covering it is essential to prevent debris, bird droppings, and other environmental elements from accumulating on the boat's surfaces. If your boat is kept in a boat dock on a lift, you should wipe down your boat after use and the cover it. With that being said covering your boat can help it look better longer and not get distorted by mother nature. 


If you use your boat regularly, covering it daily might not be practical. However, if you plan to leave it unused for an extended period such as a week or weekend a cover can offer protection against the elements. It is the worst feeling to come up to your boat and see that a raccoon, spiders, birds, and more have destroyed the interior. Covering your boat will help prevent you from having to spend more money to possibly having to fix something. 

Cover Quality:

If you decide to cover your boat, make sure to use a high-quality, breathable cover designed for marine use. This helps prevent mold and mildew growth. Most of the time the boat you buy does come with a boat cover from the factory. We at Boat Town make sure that when you buy your boat that you will be going home with a cover. If your boat does not have a cover, you can call us (Boat Town) and we can order one for you. If you do not want to go that route, there are plenty of companies that make cover and will be willing to help you to your needs. Ultimately, the decision to cover your boat daily depends on your specific circumstances. Assess the prevailing weather conditions, where the boat is stored, and how often you use it to determine the best approach for protection.

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