Even if you keep your boat inside a sealed storage facility or garage, it can be important to the condition of your boat to use boat storage covers. These covers will prevent all sorts of decay and destruction to the various parts of your boat over the months and years as it is stored and unused for long periods of time. Why are boat storage covers so important to the lifespan of your boat?
First of all, if you store your boat outdoors, it is completely exposed to the elements of the environment. Most of all, the sun and the rain will cause the rapid destruction of your vessel if left to the elements. Boat storage covers allow for protection from sun damage, including cracked and worn seats, as well as fading of paint coloring and materials on all parts of the boat. Also, rain can cause mold and mildew to build up in a wet boat. The boat storage covers can protect your boat from rain, snow, and sleet.
Even if you have an enclosed storage facility or a garage in which you store your boat, there are elements that can cause damage to the inside of your watercraft. For example, there are insects all over these storage facilities and often in garages. While boat storage covers cannot guarantee that an insect or two won’t get into the boat, they will help to protect your boat against large quantities of bugs taking shelter in your vessel and building communities within the shelter of your boat.
Also, even in an enclosed space, dust and dirt accumulate, sometimes more so than in an outdoor area. Therefore, you run the risk of dirt and dust clogging up your engine and embedding into the interior materials of your boat if you don’t use boat storage covers. This dust and dirt on the interior can cause discoloration and early decay of the materials. Therefore, using a cover can actually preserve the lifespan of a boat that is stored inside an enclosed facility, even more so than the roof, walls, and door that seal out most of the weather elements that can be so detrimental.
Wherever you keep your boat, you want it to age as little as possible as time goes on so that it doesn’t depreciate in value and so that it maintains that exciting look of the brand new boat it was the day you bought it. Using good boat storage covers will assist in assuring that this is true for you, both now and for years to come.