On a typical day at Star Boat Covers, the customer service phone is ringing off the hook. This is great news to us because we love using our industry knowledge to help customers find exactly what they’re looking for. Probably the most frequent challenge that we encounter, however, is covering a boat with a wakeboard tower.
Snap Versus Strap Covers
A question that we get asked a lot at Star Boat Covers is, “does this cover come with snaps?” It’s a logical question because when most people buy a boat, it comes with a snap cover.
Introducing the Party Pad
It seems like every few years, a new product hits the water recreation industry that ends up appearing across the country. Years ago, it was tubing and wakeboarding, then we had water trampolines and stand-up paddle boards. We at Star Boat Covers are excited to take part in the latest and greatest lake accessory – giant floating foam pads.
Which Pontoon Cover is Right for You?
In the world of pontoon covers, the consensus has leaned toward the easier the better. What does this include? A few options to consider.
Supporting a Cover
The number one way for a cover to be damaged is through moisture. Whether the cover is breathable or not, whether it’s waterproof or not, water can still be a nuisance. Leaving pools of water sitting on a cover is a sure-fire way to not only ruin your cover, but also allow moisture into the inside of it to ruin upholstery and grow mold and mildew. This is why every boat cover needs to be properly tented and supported with poles, and vented with vents. Water needs to be able to run off the sides without pooling, and moisture needs to escape from the inside of the cover. Even “breathable” fabrics, such as Sunbrella, should be vented, because the amount of breathing they do won’t always be enough to get all the moisture out, especially in humid weather. At Star Boat Covers, we recommend that every boat cover uses vents and support poles. The system was originally created by Vico Marine, and has been steadily improving over the years. They have a video on their YouTube page that shows how the system is properly installed in a boat, using their vents, poles, and pole pads. In the video, they show their velcro support pole pads, but it works similarly with the rubber support pole pads (which is what we sell).
Know Where You Buy
Before the internet reshaped the way Americans shop, the buying process looked pretty similar for thousands of years. The consumer would go a store, hold the item in his/her hands, and make a decision on the quality and price of the product. We offer USA Made Boat Covers at Starboatcovers.com
Seagulls: The Bane of a Boater’s Existence
StopGull Air. Ultimate Bird Deterrent for keeping pests away from Docks, Piers, and Boat Covers. If you’re anything like me, you probably don’t want to spend a lot of money on something only for it to be ruined. Boat covers are no exception.
Suction Cup Tie Downs
One of the easiest solutions to securing boat covers is the suction cup tie down system. The system is pretty simple, and has been around for years, but just recently has been perfected. They work by looping through the cinches on the boat cover (similar to any other tie down), and sticking onto the side of the boat. This works very well on fiberglass (gel-coated) or metal hulls. The suction cups that we supply on Star Boat Covers are from a company called Kwik Tek, and work just great. They hold up to 60lbs of pressure in any direction, which is more than enough to handle any storm or wind.
The highest quality fabric that we, at Star Boat Covers, offer is Sunbrella Marine Fabric. The fabric is soft to the touch, and yet as durable as it gets, all for a reasonable price. Both of our manufacturers, Carver and Westland, offer Sunbrella covers as their highest quality product, and we’re proud to stand by it as the most popular choice for marine fabric in the United States.