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 that happens buy a Boat Vent 3 and install it in your boat bow cover.
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?
Are you thinking of building your own boat cover? Here is a list of the items you will need.
By checking out our custom boat cover tip page as a resource and “make sure” you get the quality you are looking for.