It’s always a good idea to cover your boat in the offseason, even if it’s stored in a heated indoor facility. A cover will keep dust and dirt off your vessel and help keep bugs and rodents out of it.

When choosing a boat cover, you first need to decide whether to use a custom, semi-custom or universal cover. A custom cover is specifically designed for your boat’s make, model and year. It should be an exact fit, providing the tightest seal and best protection possible. A semi-custom cover fits a particular style of boat, such as a center console or runabout. A universal cover is a generic cover made for boats of a certain size, and is generally inexpensive.

To determine what size cover you need, measure your boat’s centerline and beam width. When measuring the centerline, measure it in a straight, flat line from the tip of the bow to the farthest point aft. Don’t measure up and over objects such as your windshield, as that will skew your measurements. Add length for anything else you want covered, such as your swim platform. Then measure your beam in the same straight, flat line from one side of the boat to the other. Make sure your measurements are right. If your cover is too small, it won’t fit your boat. If it’s too big, the cover will blow around in the wind and sag if it gets rained on.

Make sure the cover you choose is water resistant and repellent. It should also provide your boat with UV protection and be mildew resistant. Get a cover that has reinforced corners and seams to avoid tears, and make sure your tie-down straps are strong and durable.

Please visit your nearest Crownline dealer for assistance with choosing a cover that will work best for your boat.