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Cockpit covers on sport´Čüshing
boats provide shade and weather
coverage over the cockpit area.
They are rising in popularity thanks to
user-friendly designs that incorporate
support poles and zippers.

New cockpit
covers provide
maximum shade and
weather protection .

We've got you covered
on cockpit covers
By Leo Pohlmann, in collaboration with Zach Pohlmann

T

hroughout my 30 years of marine
canvas experience as the owner of
Uncharted Marine Canvas, I've
seen many trends come and go. One
that has emerged within the past five
to 10 years is the creation of cockpit
covers on sportfishing boats. Located in
the Florida Panhandle, my shop often
works on boats that utilize this type of
cover. In this article, I will give some
insights on cockpit covers as well as
some tips about how to manufacture
this style of cover.
Rising popularity
While cockpit covers are relatively
new to the marine canvas industry, I
have seen a recent uptick of interest
in these covers from owners of sportfishing boats in my area. The reason
for this boom is that these covers
offer something that previously could
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not be achieved-shade and weather
coverage over the cockpit area. Connecting from the underside of the
bridge deck all the way to the rear rub
rails, this solid cover brings protection to the previously unprotectable.
By utilizing cockpit covers on these
boats, owners are adding life to the teak
flooring and fighting chair-keeping the
boat looking good and saving themselves
money at the same time. In addition to
protecting the aft of the boat from the
elements, this cover offers a large amount
of shade-something appreciated by
crew members seeking relief from the
hot sun, whether they're deckhands
preparing the boat for a fishing
tournament or a family enjoying a day on
the water. Designed to be taken on and
off quickly and efficiently, cockpit covers
are also very user friendly and cater to
even the most casual of boat users.



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