Boat Cover Education, Tips & Tricks

Supporting a Cover

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).

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Suction Cup Tie Downs

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.

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