Tarpaulin Used as a Boat Cover
Your boat is an investment for your recreational time with your family, friends, and sometimes, just you. You may use your boat mainly at weekends during the warm weather months for cruising on the open water, skiing,knee boarding or fishing. Since it isn’t something that gets used every day, it needs to be protected in between uses. You have too big an investment to risk damage from inclement weather or too many sun rays. So your boat needs the protection that a heavy-duty white tarp can provide.
If you store your boat outdoors, it will be exposed to wind, sun, snow, sleet and rain. Though it may not seem to be an obvious danger to your boat, the sun’s UV rays can cause damage to the exterior of your boat. To prevent this type of damage, as well as damage from the other types of weather, tarp of top quality will meet all your boat covering needs.
When considering the best tarps to cover your boat, the white and silver heavy-duty ones are the best options. They are designed to hold up to the coldest temperatures and effectively cover your boat. The heavy-duty tarps have grommets spaced out every eighteen inches so they can be securely tied down, providing good protection from most weather conditions. You could use the less expensive blue lighter weight poly tarps with grommets every thirty-six inches but they are not meant to last as long for this type of coverage and are meant for light duty uses. They would be more useful when you only need enough cover to protect your boat for short periods, like in the summer when you use your boat frequently. However, during the winter months, you will want the protection that can be provided by the silver and white heavy-duty tarpaulins.
The blue poly tarps cost less than the white or silver heavy-duty tarpaulins, the poly tarps work well for light protection for short periods. They are also easy to cover and uncover your boat and fold away when not in use. During the summer months when you are using your boat a lot, this is what you need. Poly tarps are ideally suited for this type of use but not for the long term storage you need over the winter off-season. For this, you need the heavier duty protection of the white or silver tarpaulins. Investing in these for long term storage is just protecting the investment you have in your boat.
The cost effectiveness of poly tarps is demonstrated in that they can be purchased in various sizes, do not need to be a custom fit to your boat and they provide a UV inhibitor that protects against solar damage. Using them during the summer is an ideal alternative to providing protection for your boat in a convenient way.
You have another option in canvas tarpaulin. This has advantages of its own, such as allowing the circulation of air to prevent moisture damage that can otherwise happen if you boat can breathe under the cover of poly tarp. Canvas tarps costs a little more but not significantly, so it is still economical. The only real disadvantage to canvas is that it is heavier than poly tarp and more cumbersome. Still, it is worth the investment.
The investment you have in your boat makes it imperative that you protect it well no matter what type of tarpaulin you decide to use. Tarpaulin pays for itself several times over by preventing repair costs that result from weather and sun damage. It also saves a good deal of money because you don’t need to use expensive storage facilities for your boat during the winter when you use heavy-duty tarpaulin to cover it. The ability to remain flexible in sub zero temperatures and provide protection for your boat in any weather makes silver and white heavy-duty tarpaulins good options for winter use. It makes good sense to use these tarps to protect your boat for long winter storage and during the summer when you are using your boat.