Getting Your Boat Ready For Summer
It may not feel like it yet, but the first day of spring is finally here! Pulling our boats and other toys out of storage is one of the first signs of spring. As any Minnesota boat owners knows, canvas boat covers can take a real beating. Especially if you leave them outside during the winter months: the elements; curious animals trying to scratch their way through the cover and into the nice dry boat; leaves, branches and occasionally limbs falling on them and perhaps piercing them. You might make temporary repairs to the greatest damage with a strip or two of duct tape, but making permanent repairs during the boating season, even before the first launch, will ensure a long life for your boat’s cover. At DNP Custom Canvas we can repair any Minnesota boat cover or create a custom solution for you if needed.
If you are lucky enough to already have a boat cover for your beloved boat, the best thing you can do to ensure years of enjoyment is keeping it clean and well maintained.
DNP Custom Canvas wants to ensure you also have the proper tools needed to clean and maintain your boat cover in the coming season.
Cover Maintenance. Use a mild soap (like dish detergent) and water solution with a wash mitt, rinse and allow to dry. Do not roll up the cover and store cover when damp or wet. Mold/Mildew can grow on fabric and be difficult to remove from your cover or upholstery. Always replace and/or repair your cover promptly if damage occurs.
Traveling with your cover? Here’s what we suggest:
Snap Covers. Be certain to use all snaps, poles should be pushed up tight to hold cover tight for travel. During or after first trip check all snaps. Usually if there is a problem it is at the rear of the boat. We typically can remedy any problem with other types of fasteners. Do not let a cover wind whip this will cause damage to your boat and cover.
Tie Down Covers. If you have a rope it should be cinched first, then attach tie downs. Use all tie downs – stretch tight, poles should be pushed up tight to hold cover tight for travel. Take note how and where the tie downs are attached to the trailer. It is best to use the same tension and same locations each time.
Contact us with other questions you have when getting your boat ready for the summer! We’re happy to help in any way we can. We work with a variety of materials—from Sunbrella and vinyl to other lighter-weight, flexible options—to craft the custom item you require.
Caring or Your Custom Canvas – Sunbrella
Sunbrella has a handy chart for easy day-to-day maintenance of your Sunbrella fabric: