This is the 2nd installment in our “5 Things You Need To Know About Boat Engine Covers” which can be downloaded as a free eBook.
The specific type of boat engine cover you will need depends on, of course, your boat’s engine. However, there are several options within the boat covers designed for your boat’s engine that you should consider…
Custom-fitted vs. One Size Fits All
If you get a custom-fitted cover, you’ll get that “Fits like a glove” custom made look. You’ll want to stay away from the “one size fits all” covers, otherwise you’ll risk having your engine (and boat) looking somewhat cheap and tacky. You may also risk having water or debris get in beneath a cover that is not properly fitted to your boat engine.
Type of Material
The type of material used for boat engine covers matters significantly. You will have the choice of lower-grade vinyl, acrylic coated woven polyester, or canvas (Sunbrella).
It is important to make sure you have good air circulation around your engine which is why we highly recommend Sunbrella marine canvas. This canvas is noted for its breathable attributes, especially in regions with high humidity. In areas like Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, and Alabama, this is especially important.
You will also need to decide on a lined or an un-lined cover. You may be worried about scratching on the engine’s surface and, therefore, feel you need a lined cover. However, this is not really necessary, as we haven’t encountered any of these problems with canvas engine covers.
One you’ve chosen the fitting and material for your boat engine cover, you will have the choice of full covers which cover the whole engine down to the propellers or half covers which just cover the top portion of the outboard engine.
If you are looking to cover your engine for long-term dry storage, you should consider a full cover. However, for most boat users who are using them often in the water or on a lift, the half covers are preferred.
To protect the marine canvas that protects your engine, be sure to check out our tips for canvas care. Be sure to contact us online or give us a call at (239) 349-2497 ext. 101 to get your boat engine covers from Sun-Protect! Don’t forget your handy boat caddy either.