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Tie-down covers (Photo 3) are
very effective travel covers because
they cover much more of the boat than
a snap-on cover. In addition, they are
tensioned from outside of the boat using
rope tension knots. Since the tension
created for traveling and shedding water
is spread throughout the cover and not
focused on small snaps, tie-down covers
require far less maintenance over their
lifetime than snap-on covers. Keep in
mind that none of these positives apply
to generic tie-down covers. Off-the-shelf
covers (Photo 2) should not be used for
travel because they are not fi t to the boat
and will damage the boat because they
will fl ap when traveling.
On the downside, tie-down covers are
unsuitable for use on the water because
they need to be tied down to the trailer.
Furthermore, some boat owners dislike
the time-consuming process of tying the
cover down with the proper rope tension
knots. They will get around this by
replacing the ropes with bungee cords,
which allow the cover to fl ap in the wind
created by traveling.
Ratchet strap covers (See lead
photo) are great for travel because
they are built to withstand the pressure
of high speeds. The cover tension
encompasses the boat's perimeter,
so there are no tension points where
damage to the cover can occur. In
addition, they are extremely quick and
easy to install. A ratchet strap cover for
your typical 20-foot fi shing boat can
be installed in under three minutes. A
cover that goes on quickly is a cover
that a customer will be more likely
to use every time. These covers excel
at protection during travel because
they generally cover more of the boat,
especially at the front.
The downside of ratchet strap covers is
the expense. Due to the time involved in
fi tting a ratchet strap cover, these covers
tend to be signifi cantly more expensive
than their counterparts. Additionally,
Photo 1
Snap-on covers are a popular option with clients who like their ease of use on the
water. However, they offer limited protection of the boat and are not as durable as other
cover types.
Photo 2
A poorly fi t, generic tie-down travel cover should not be used because it will damage
the boat when it fl aps during travel.
Photo 3
Properly fi t tie-down covers protect more of the boat than a snap-on cover and
require less maintenance, but they need to be tied down to the trailer and secured
properly to be effective.
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