Few things do more to help preserve your Crownline than boat covers. Every boat needs at least one to keep it looking good and staying in great working condition. Today, we’ll walk you through the different types of covers so you can decide which one is a perfect match for your boat.
A mooring cover protects the entire boat and is often used during trailering and off-season storage. It’s usually constructed out of hard-wearing fabric or plastic. Mooring covers sit on or beneath your boat’s rub rails and are tied with a rope or cinched into position with straps.
These covers keep the interior of your boat clean and free of dirt, water, snow, insects and animals, but they also do an excellent job of repelling harmful UV rays that can deteriorate the gelcoat. Some mooring covers are better for trailering than others. The trailering covers typically feature extra padding on areas of the boat that endure more pressure during the trailering process.
Pro Tip: Avoid universal mooring covers. Get one that is designed to the specifications for your boat. A mooring cover needs to have a precise fit to protect your boat from the elements and reduce the chances of damage. A local canvas shop can pattern and make a custom fit cover for you
Like mooring covers, travel covers protect the whole boat, but they also feature a streamlined low-and-tight design that’s built to withstand wind at speeds up to 90 mph. They’re usually not made of the same hard-wearing fabric as mooring covers, so there’s a higher chance of boat damage from water and snow pooling on top of the cover if they’re used for storage. Ideally, you should have your travel cover custom made for your boat, but there are universal options available.
As you would expect, cockpit covers only protect the cockpit of your boat. The cockpit is the area behind the windshield where you sit or stand. These covers typically attach with buttons or straps along the perimeter of the windshield and cockpit for a tight fit.
The obvious drawback is that cockpit covers do not protect the entire boat. If you have bow seating, the cockpit cover will have to be paired with another cover for maximum protection. Typically, people use tonneau covers to protect the bow, and cockpit and tonneau covers are often sold together. These covers are specifically designed for your model, so they’re usually sold with the boat.
Tonneau Covers or Bow Covers
As mentioned above, tonneau covers—or bow covers—are used for the bow area of a boat and are often sold with cockpit covers or shipped with a new boat. These covers are almost exclusively used on boats with bow seating. Like cockpit covers, they’re designed to fit your boat’s exact specifications. They’re fastened to your boat using buttons or snaps that are placed around the perimeter of the bow.
Shrink-wrapping your boat is a great way to ensure that nothing can get inside during the storage months. These covers provide an air-tight shell that keeps anything and everything away from the interior of your boat. Shrink-wrap covers are almost exclusively used by manufacturers or storage facilities, and many marinas will use shrink-wraps during the off-season.
Preparing for shrink-wrapping:
- Make sure the interior of the boat is completely dry. Any sitting water or moisture can create mold and mildew after the boat is wrapped.
- Remove any items stored on board including clothes, water toys, life vests, and food.
- Do a deep clean before your boat is wrapped. It’s best to do the cleaning before and enjoy a spotless interior as you open a new season.