A Boat Bow Cover Protects Your Investment. Here is What You Need To Know Before Buying One

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Are you thinking of buying a boat bow cover online or having one built for you at a custom canvas shop?  Or maybe building one yourself!

I can help narrow down your choices . . .

As you search online you'll find out there is very few bow covers available online.

The reason why? It is hard to make one that fits many styles of boats well. Unlike the universal boat cover that utilizes a drawstring, you just can't do that with a bow cover since it has to snap on.

If you able to find a boat bow cover from one of the bigger boat canvas manufacturers online, I'll explain what you can expect. You can also check out our custom boat cover tip page for decision making questions to ask a custom canvas shop.

With online sellers you can usually get one in Sunbrella®, which is a plus. It's primarily how it is finished out that holds the difference. If you look at the inside edge of these boat bow covers where the snaps are installed you will see a reinforcement of 1” black webbing.

So you think great, it's reinforced!

Here is a few problems you may run into with the 1” webbing used as reinforcement.

  • If the webbing is polypropylene, it will degrade fairly quickly, even underneath the cover. When polypropylene ages it disintegrates and black bits of synthetic fiber get all over your boat. The worn out webbing can be replaced at a custom shop, but it will probably cost as much as the cover did.
  • Polypropylene webbing

  • Webbing shrinkage, as the webbing ages it becomes harder to snap even if you are lucky enough to have gotten nylon webbing instead of polypropylene
  • If you already have snaps in your boat it may be very difficult for your new cover to reach the old snaps, requiring new boat snaps be added in odd places. You may have to hire someone to install it anyway, eating up your money savings from buying online.
  • The last mention will be the tent pole that lifts the cover up to properly shed water. Usually the online companies provide a grommet hole where you are expected to insert the tip of the adjustable tent pole and push up. These frequently tear.
    Tent pole thru a grommet

    If that happens buy a Boat Vent 3 and install it in your boat bow cover.

    Order your boat vent 3 here!

    For more information about a the Boat Vent II, see our page boat cover repair. With the Boat Vent II you'll also receive the added bonus of air circulation.

    Installing a store bought bow cover can be done by someone with a medium skill level and a basic knowledge of tools and boat construction.

    If you do choose to install it yourself

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    You can probably see where this is leading!

    Yes, you are probably going to be happier in the long run with a quality custom bow cover. Notice the bold around quality?

    Build a DIY Bow Cover

    Are you thinking of building your own boat cover? Here is a list of the items you will need.

    See the link below and get 14 Tips to "make sure" you are getting the highest quality boat bow cover you can?

    By checking out our custom boat cover tip page as a resource and “make sure” you get the quality you are looking for.

    Happy Boating!

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The isinglass had shrunk to the point that installing it was an all-morning job, with some snaps totally unusable due to the material shrinkage. I really was preparing to purchase a complete new canvas set, but hated to spend the money-especially since the canvas is still in excellent shape.

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British Columbia

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"True skill and craftsmanship are rare traits in today's society. When they're held by a person that truly cares about her customers, brings honesty, creativity and passion to her work, you have just described Tammy Hampton. Better known as "The Cover Girl," Tammy has been both a friend, mentor and business partner for nearly twenty years.

I found Tammy by her name tag.... sewn to a sailboat cover, in a nearby marina. The boat cover was fitted with such precision, it clearly stood out from the others. In the years since, Tammy has 'dressed out' at least twenty boats for me. She has yet to meet a challenge for which she could not find a creative and effective solution.

Tammy has become a valuable resource to my BoatButler business, and she has actually created sort of a "cult" following among my customers. Once they see the quality of her work, the choice is an easy one.

I am still grateful for that little tag on that sailboat cover I found nearly twenty years ago."

Steve Hammond
Owner, Boatbutler Marine Services, Inc.
Alpharetta, Georgia

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I love your website and wish we lived closer, so that I could stop by your shop - sounds like a wonderful place!
Judy D
Winchester, TN

Thanks for the education

Thanks so much for the education I received from your site! I have been in to two local shops for estimates on a new canvas enclosure for my little boat. Both commented that they were happy to have a customer who knew what he wanted and was familiar with the material and options available. I learned it all from you!!
Alan S.
Arlington, WA

Zippers solved a major canvas issue!

With your zippers in place we could button up all of the canvas and make a very nice weather tight space which made our boating season very enjoyable.

Excellent customer service!

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Lake City, MN

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I have received your product in a very timely manner and they worked great. I have already shown your zippers to my brother in law and he placed his order yesterday. I am the past commodore of a Boat Club up here in the great lakes region and have many boating friends. I am sure that once I show them how great your product works you will be getting more orders.

Greg L.

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In 45 years of boating my new cover is the best that I have ever seen anywhere" Thank you so much and it was worth the effort!

Matt M. Pennsylvania

Thanks so much for the quick and comprehensive reply!!

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