Boat Cover Tie Downs: Is what's holding your boat cover on adequate?

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  • Boat cover tie downs for trailers and storage
  • Tie downs keeping boat covers attached to the boat
  • Other systems
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Boat Cover tie downs for trailers and storage

Keeping your boat cover attached to the trailer securely for storage or transport can be achieved in several different ways:

  • Bungee Cords (storage only)
  • Rope
  • Quick release webbing straps
  • Rope ratchet devices

Bungee cord boat cover tie downs

Bungee Cords/shock cords, some times spelled (bungie cords) are favored by many boaters for their ease of use. The biggest complaint you'll hear is that they don't hold up in the sun. As they degrade, they weaken and stretch. My concern is a safety issue that not everyone considers: If the cord slips out of your hand when you have it stretched tight, it can pop you in the eye, so be very careful!

Your average shock cord is usually a nylon-covered synthetic elastic core. Since nylon just doesn’t hold up well in the sun, it makes sense to have an adjustable hook end, and one where the bungee can be easily replaced.

A better choice is polyester-covered bungee since polyester holds up a better in the sun. Here is a favorite of ours from Solcor®. It couples both a solid rubber core and a UV-treated polyester cover. The hook ends can be adjusted and used again on future replacement cords.

Solcor Bungy

Rope as boat cover tie downs

Rope tie downs are frequently used by boaters, especially when the boat is being towed, so it makes sense to buy rope that is going to hold up year after year. Polyester is the longest-lasting and toughest rope. It will outlast nylon and polypropylene. Our favorite is Neobraid. This braid will take years of sun and abuse without giving up. It will not kink, twist or fray, and it also resists mold, oil and stains. For your average boat application, use either a #6 = 3/16” or a #8 = 1/4”.

My favorite boat cover tie down knot (Easy to cinch tight)

Boat Cover Tie Down Knot





Webbing straps as boat cover tie downs

Boat Straps made with 1” webbing coupled with quick release buckles are easy to use and are a personal favorite. We always supply this type of tie down when we make custom covers. They are even better if they are completely removable from the boat cover. It makes life so much easier when they don't catch on the boat while handling your cover.



So what type of webbing should it be? Here is a list of webbing materials commonly used for boat tie downs, starting with the longest-lasting. It is exceptionally hard, if not impossible, to find the polyester straps online. If you want them, you would need to order them from us or another custom shop .
  • Polyester
  • Nylon
  • Polypropylene

Keep an eye on your straps as they age and replace them when they begin to show wear.


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Quick Release Boat Cover Tie Down Strap

Price
12 pack - 8' long = $60.00
(one 8' long strap reaches 4' to trailer)

Need a different length? No problem, since they are custom made, just send me an email and we'll discuss it.

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Boat Cover tie downs sewn into the hem for keeping the boat cover on the boat

Boat covers have to be cinched in some fashion to the boat itself. There are two ways to do this. One is rope sewn into the hem of the cover and tied to itself. If you have a rope-style cinch system on your boat cover, use the same type of knot pictured above for cinching the cover to the boat.

For an even more secure cinch, try a rope lock tie down such as the Carolina Rope Ratchet®. When you pull this rope lock tight it won't slip, so you can continue to tighten it and then press a button to release it. We like these because they make life easier and can be pulled super-tight.

Carolina Rope Ratchet

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Another way to cinch your cover to the boat is with webbing in the hem along with the use of a webbing ratchet such as this Pro-Grip® ratchet. If you use webbing and a ratchet to secure your boat cover, it will have it's own little storage boot, or another creative way to protect the paint on the boat from the metal ratchet. They are clunky and can damage your boat without protection.

Pro-Grip Ratchet





Other boat tie down systems

Large suction cups are another way boat covers can be held in place. I am not a fan of boat suction cups. I have found them to be unreliable and feel that they can actually cause damage to the hull.

Boat Cover Suction Cup

On boats that need additional tie downs while in the water, I've seen boaters attach 2 liter soda bottles filled with sand or water to the webbing tie down straps to add weight to the cover. This can be effective, but the appearance is obviously less than elegant.

That's a run down of boat cover tie down systems. Hopefully you will now be able to choose the system that's right for you!

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Second knot on your boat cover tie down photos ? 
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WHAT TYPE OF BOAT COVER TIE DOWNS ARE USED FOR A BOAT ON LIFT APPLICATIONb Hi Fred, The easiest boat cover tie down for a boat on a lift …

how to relace the sinch cord on a boat cover 
I need to replace the cinch cord in my boat cover, is there an easy way to do this. If your existing cord isn't rotten, tie the new cord onto the …

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Right now I am using the one inch web straps with buckles. I take them off each time and throw them in a bucket and when I put the cover back on I have …

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