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. The obvious parts of taking care of a cover are treating it, washing it, and only using it for its intended purpose. The often overlooked part of taking care of your cover, however, is supporting it. 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).
Since the custom covers that we sell on our website don’t use snaps, this entire process is made even simpler. Simply line the vents up with your poles, pull the cover over, and then fasten it down. With a properly tented cover, and multiple vents, water won’t be able to damage the inside of your boat, or grow mildew and mold on your upholstery or the back of your cover.