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How to choose a new boat canopy

A boat canopy will protect your boat from constant sun, rain and wind exposure and will allow you to enjoy the benefits of your vehicle for many years to come. Constant exposure to the elements can wreck havoc with your boat and result in peeling and fading and it is a good idea to invest in a canopy to give protection. Read this article to learn how to choose a new boat canopy.

Choosing a canopy

There are three main types of boat canopies: - custom
-semi-custom
-universal. Custom canopy Custom canopy fittings are specifically designed for a year, make and model of boat. Custom covers fall into two types – snap-on style and tie – down style. The cover accommodates the boat's size, shape and options, with reinforcements at critical wear points. You can expect custom covers to “fit like a glove” on your boat and work well for trailering, storing, and mooring. Semi-custom canopy Semi-custom covers are designed to fit various styles of boats, i.e. bass boats, deck boats, runabouts, tournament ski boats, etc. Therefore, one semi-custom bass boat cover may fit several different makes and models of boats of similar size. These covers typically have application for trailering, boat storage and mooring. Universal canopy Universal covers are usually cut to accommodate a wide range of boats similar to a one-size-fits-all concept. It is also known as “shower–cap covers,” these covers are best suited for light-duty or dust cover use and work well for their intended purpose.

Fabric

Choosing the appropriate fabric Boat fabric covers are made in a wide range of fabrics such as cotton, canvas covers, mixed blends, polyester and acrylic. When deciding upon the type of fabric for your cover, choose the fabric that is best suited for the weather it will face. Boats stored in the sun will need a cover with good UV protection. Boats stored in humid areas will need a cover made from a fabric that breathes and has good mildew resistance. As for boats that sit under snow or are exposed to heavy rainfall, the strength and weight of the fabric and its resistance to water will be big consideration. Protecting your boat from the elements will help the longevity of your vehicle and will allow you to enjoy it for many years to come.

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