A quality canvas boat cover is one of the most important purchases you can invest in to protect your boat. No matter what state you live in the sun is relentless, even under a covered area. Boat covers keep animals and birds from damaging your seats or finish and keep your boat looking new for many years to come.
Boat covers encompass a wide price range from the economy models all the way up to $600 custom covers that fit like a glove. A boat cover serves several purposes, beyond the obvious one of keeping rain, leaves and dirt out of your boat. Protection from the ravages of boat-killing UV rays is an important fringe benefit, but have you considered that a boat cover can reduce drag, in turn enhancing pulling performance and minimizing gas consumption when trailering long distances?
It is true, that a well-fitted boat cover can reduce the drag of a boat, not to mention keeping your cooler lid from becoming part of the roadside landscaping. With the cost of gas today, that savings could add up fast, mitigating the initial cost of a cover in no time. The amount of savings experienced will vary with the design of your boat, its size, weight and the height of the its wind-catching transom.
A boat cover that doesn’t fit right can do more damage than not having one. It’s the flapping that causes the damage, when the cover rubs constantly against the surface of the boat. To avoid causing damage instead of preventing it, start off by measuring your boat properly.
A snug fit is important, so first measure your boat from the tip of the bow to the stern, without including the windshield. Measuring up and over the windshield will result in a measurement that is too long for your boat and ultimately in a bad fit. Next, measure the width of the beam, which is the widest point of your boat. Finally, measure the width of transom. The length measurement doesn’t account for bow-mounted trolling motors. If your boat has a bow-mount trolling motor, add an additional foot to your measurement to compensate for the additional length.
Once you’ve got a set of accurate measurements, it’s a simple process of going through Cabela’s extensive selection of boat covers
and picking the style that matches your boat’s hull design.