Your Budget Vs Marine Fabrics
Buying the Right Boat Cover
Your Budget vs. Marine Fabrics
There are many types of marine fabrics on the market, finding the one that suits your budget and needs is definitely a task. I first want to explain the different types of fabrics on the market so when you go to purchase a cover, you will be a little more informed about the fabric being used.
Solution-Dyed Fabrics: Solution-Dyed means that the dye is added to the fiber when it is in the liquid state. It is then extruded and woven. A solution-dyed fibers color is throughout the whole fiber similar to a carrots color is throughout the whole carrot. It can't wash out and is fade resistant. (Brand names such as Sunbrella® and Dixon®, a solution-dyed acrylic and SurLast® a solution-dyed polyester)
Coated: – (white woven cloth, coated (painted on color) Coating is very water resistant, but not breathable, fabric must be vented! Fabric coated (Colored) side should not contact upholstery, it might rub off. Great for large pontoon covers or tarps. Its usually heavy. One more time, it must be vented or you will have mold growth in your boat!
Piece-Dyed: – white woven cloth dipped in dye. (color is like apple, it is only on the surface of the fiber) Lower end covers, it fades and degrades faster. Cost less, great for indoor dust covers.
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Buying the Right Boat Cover
A series of blogs by Terri, of PoppyCompany.Com
Boat covers come in as many shapes, sizes and designs as the boats they fit. How do you know which cover is right for you? You must first determine why you are covering your boat. What are you trying to protect your boat from? Where your boat will be stored while not is use, and will your boat be trailered, moored or stored with the cover on?
What are you trying to protect your boat from?
If your boat has to sit outside and needs to be protected from the elements (sun, rain, wind, etc…) a cover constructed of quality fabric is important. The fabric must be water resistant, fade resistant, mold and mildew resistant. It also should be constructed in a way to vent trapped in moisture and to be fit well enough to stay on in windy situations. A pooling pole system will keep water from accumulating on you cover and then leaking through the fabric and filling up your boat.
If you are keeping your boat in the garage and need to keep the dust out, an inexpensive cover or bed sheet will do. Will you want your neighbors to see it, probably not.
Will your boat be trailered with the cover on?
A trailered cover should be fitted to your model. A general fit cover will flap in the wind when you trailer it. Flapping will cause wear to your cover and boat. The cover will mar you gelcoat or wear itself out. A cover should also be made of quality fabric so it doesn't fade or the color doesn't rub off or transfer on to your boat. Trailerable vent systems are good and they are designed to pull the air out of the cover to eliminate billowing.
Will your boat be moored in the water or stored outside on a lift?
The way that you store your boat, either on a lift or tethered in the water will affect the way your cover needs to be designed. Again, your cover should be made of quality fade resistant, water resistant but breathable or vented fabric. Your boat will receive tons of sun and weather so your cover should be made to protect it. A fitted cover with a pooling pole system will resist pooling of water. A strapless design will insure it stays on without the hassle of getting wet while trying to secure a strap.
If you take these parameters in consideration when choosing a boat cover, you will be more likely to by happy with it and not buying another one next year.
If you have any questions, contact us. I have years and years of experience with boat covers and Marine Fabrics.