Every yacht, dinghy or sailing cabin boat owner knows that covering their boat is one of the best investments they can make. In fact, it is the only accessory that ensures total protection of the hull and deck from the elements, dirt and moisture. It preserves the aesthetic aspect and the functionality of the various components, greatly extending their lifespan.
But a cover, even a well-made one, can only keep your boat from living up to these expectations if it is correctly installed and used in the field. That's why we want to give you some valuable advice to help you avoid the most common boat cover mistakes, get the most out of them, and ensure the longest lifespan possible.
We are sure this guide will be appreciated by boating newbies as well as more experienced but possibly distracted, lazy or just plain unconscious people.
1. CHOOSING THE WRONG BOAT COVER
The most common mistake an owner usually makes is buying a cover that doesn't fit the boat perfectly.
It is actually a trivial error, the result of a market that offers an extreme variety of models that can be confusing and require time to study technical sheets, details and dimensions in depth.
Remember that a boat cover must fit your boat perfectly, almost like a glove.
Unless the cover is custom made, the prep stage can almost always highlight areas of fabric that are too tight or too loose. In short, they don't fit well. In the long run, these deficiencies can lead to serious damage to the tarpaulin and a lack of truly complete protection for the boat.
Of course, a bespoke boat cover will cost more, but it is an investment that will pay off over the years.
2. APPROXIMATELY TIGHTEN AND INSTALL
A boat cover that does not adhere well to all parts of the deck and hull is not only inefficient but can also cause a number of problems. In some cases, while the right size and fit of cover can be found, through haste, lack of space, or incompetence, the cover is not attached tightly enough, leaving the fabric loose in several places.
There is little to do, this way reporting will never serve its purpose.
To reduce sag, ensure the cover is properly oriented on the boat and consider installing a fastening system for a better fit. If you cannot resolve the problem yourself, seek professional help.
3. WATER STANDING ON THE FABRIC
Waterlogging is one of the main enemies of a boat cover and the quickest way to damage it.
Waterlogging is often caused by poorly fitting roof coverings and a lack of support at critical points. This creates pockets in which rainwater can collect. The weight of water accumulated on the fabric not only puts unnecessary stress on the fibers, but also creates a damp and unhealthy environment that can encourage the growth of mold and fungus over time.
To avoid waterlogging, it is important to choose a boat cover that fits your yacht perfectly. But it is also possible to reinforce the roof itself with a special support system of posts. Such support poles can be used to create higher points in the fabric to allow water to drain smoothly.
On our site you can buy a comfortable telescopic support that adapts well to any need.
4. LACK OF VENTILATION
Breathability is one of the most overlooked aspects of boat cover.
You might think that an airtight seal is the best way to protect the boat, but some ventilation is required to keep air circulating and prevent moisture and mold from building up.
In order to ensure adequate ventilation, a good cover should have special ventilation openings. You can also use vented support poles for the roof support system for even more ventilation.
5. IMPROPER MAINTENANCE
Proper maintenance is key to the long life of your boat cover.
From regular cleaning and stain removal to repairing cracks and deep cleaning when needed, it's important to give our boat cover the care it needs. In general, we recommend monthly maintenance and cleaning with a mild soap solution to remove dirt and debris. In the case of heavy soiling, more thorough cleaning may be required in addition to regular care.
6. DOUBLING THE FABRIC IS WRONG
Using multiple covers might seem like an easy way to add extra protection to your boat, but doubling up on coverage can actually do more harm than good.
Firstly, the friction caused by the two tires rubbing together on windy and stormy days can cause the two tires to wear out faster than when only one is used. Also, adding an extra layer significantly reduces the breathability of the cover. This lack of airflow causes moisture and heat to build up between layers where mold and mildew can thrive.
7. DAMP AND DIRTY STORAGE AREAS
When it comes time to store your boat cover, you have several choices as to where to store it. However, there are some places and methods that you should definitely avoid. Make sure you don't make the following common boat cover storage mistakes:
The first mistake is to put the cover directly on the floor. Dirt and debris on the floor can damage the cover and water rising through the floor, especially if the floor is concrete, can encourage mold and fungi to form on the cover.
Avoid putting the cover back on when it is wet. It is important that the cover is completely dry when stored, otherwise mold and mildew will not be able to survive.
Thanks to our digital surveying services, three-dimensional design and product installation that we can carry out on site throughout the Marche and Emilia Romagna coast, at RVMasking we are able to create bespoke covers that fit like a glove.
For more information on our boat covers, click HERE.
However, in order to perform well over the long term, it is important to use and care for the covers properly. Always follow the advice of your trusted professional!