If you keep your boat outside, having it covered is a must if you want to protect your investment. The weather can really wreak havoc on your boat and decrease its value. By purchasing a properly fitted and secured tarp, you can protect your boat from the elements.
The sun can be one of the most damaging elements for your boat. The harmful ultraviolet rays that the sun emits will cause the paint and upholstery to fade. The rain can cause water damage inside the boat as well as sagging from the weight of the pooled water inside the boat. When your boat is left uncovered, it becomes natures trash can. Debris, bugs, leaves, and animals will use your boat as their home.
So how can you prevent this from happening to your boat? The first step is to measure the boat’s length and width so you can get the correct size tarp. Measure the boat from front to back at the longest point and then measure from side to side at the widest point of the boat. It is also important to measure how tall the boat is. The front to back is a straight measurement, but you need to compensate for the extra tarp length needed to cover the rise over seats or roof. The best way to do this would be to have someone help you to physically measure from the front up over the highest on the boat to the back. You can do this for the width too. Once you have the physical measurements, add some extra to both the length and width to bring the edge of the tarp down to a level below the top of the boat.
You should choose a heavy or super heavy duty tarp for covering your boat. A boat is an expensive investment so when it comes to protecting it you can’t be cheap. Getting a tarp with grommets every 18 inches or less will also help with spreading the wind stress across the entire tarp, preventing ripping and allowing water to more easily run off the tarp.