A boat is a practical and fun seasonal vehicle to have. From fishing trips to taking it out on a lake, the vehicle is used often during warmer months. But, what should you do when the weather turns cold? Although some boats are still used in colder weather, those for personal fishing trips aren't and should be kept in storage.
Several options exist for storing a boat. A common approach is shrink-wrapping one, although this often allows moisture to be locked inside the plastic and causes mildew to build up while the vehicle is in storage. Tarps are another option, but the cover, even with tie-downs, might have the tendency to blow off. A boat canopy is another option, and the structure can be set up at home or near a dock.
A boat canopy is made from a galvanized steel frame and a polyethylene canopy. An enclosed shelter, the structure has a canopy that is treated to be UV resistant, waterproof, and mildew, mold, and rot-proof. The shelter keeps out the elements, such as UV rays and moisture, that can cause damage to the surface of the boat. Additionally, the shelter also allows air to circulate inside, which prevents mold and mildew from building up on the surface.
When you plan to purchase a boat canopy, make sure that the structure is large enough to fit the boat – measure all dimensions first – and also a person inside. As the boat needs to be checked on occasion while in storage, you – the owner – should also be able to fit inside the shelter. Additionally, various docks allow canopies to be in use, and the boat will receive protection no matter where you store it. Nevertheless, before you put the vehicle in storage, make sure the boat is completely dry. No water should be around the engine, as it will freeze and could damage the boat in the process.