The Importance Of Trailerable Boat Covers
Jack Labens, Empire Covers Product Research
As a kid, I always looked forward to heading out to the lake with my family because it meant that we'd be taking the boat out for a spin. Between tubing, water skiing and fishing, that boat became an object of real affection to me; I promised myself that one day, I'd have my very own boat to use for the exact same great times. I wanted my own kids to grow up learning about the joys of boating, and all of the great sports and leisure activities that they have to offer.
Well, I got my wish: after attending college and starting off on a secure career path, I'd gotten basic purchases like a home and a car out of the way – now it was time for the fun part! I took my time in choosing my boat, making sure that it had all of the features I absolutely couldn't bear to live without. Ultimately, I ended up with a fish and ski boat that wasn't too different from the one I'd grown up with. I gave it an appropriately tongue-in-cheek name, and went about my business.
In no time at all, I had friends and family clamoring to take the boat out on excursions to local lakes; on numerous occasions, inclement weather prevented me from doing so. Despite that, the boat became a central figure in my social life, and provided hours and hours of great fun. Without a doubt, that boat was the best entertainment purchase I'd ever made - and I intended on taking care of it and protecting it in the best possible way.
From the get-go, I was told by plenty of people about how important it was to keep my boat protected with a high quality boat cover; I was no stranger to this concept, but figured that it could wait for a while. In the meantime, I simply purchased a length of tarpaulin and used that to cover the boat when I wasn't using it. Although this was definitely not a very ambitious effort on my part, I thought that it would be good enough to protect the boat from the most basic problems.
A friend who'd come over to visit saw my boat sitting in the driveway with its makeshift tarp cover and asked me if I was serious. I told him that the boat was still quite new, and that I intended on getting something better to cover it with down the road. He began lecturing me about how important high quality boat covers were - then he began telling me about trailerable boat covers that were specifically designed to protect boats being transported along freeways and other more extreme conditions.
My friend told me that he'd known several people who had attached their boat to a car and speed off without using a trailerable boat cover; many of these people had had debris and other refuse along the road cause chips, dents and other problems along the finish of their boats. He said those who'd used basic boat covers had seen them fly off or rip and tear, exposing their boats to the elements and causing them additional types of damage. He kept stressing how important it was for me to go out a purchase a trailerable boat cover, and even recommended a reputable online dealer who could sell me a great one.
Despite my friend's warnings, I kept dragging my heels about buying a trailerable boat cover of my own. One sunny afternoon, I was zipping along a busy local freeway on my way out to a nearby lake; my boat was covered with an improvised tarp that I'd held down with bungee cords and other things. As I rounded a curve, I heard a loud "clang" come from back where the boat trailed behind; to my horror, the makeshift tarp had come loose and was flapping recklessly into traffic - and a large hubcap had deflected off my boat.
I pulled over at the next exit to survey the damage; although the hub cap hadn't smashed the boat, it had produced a long, ugly scrape all along one side of it. Needless to say, the boat looked downright ugly now – and it was all my fault, for not heeding my friend's advice about using trailerable boat covers. I was pretty disgusted with myself, knowing that the repairs to the boat would be pricey and could have been avoided if I'd just followed my friend's counsel.
After shelling out a lot of money to have the scrape fixed and my boat made presentable again, the next thing I did was go online to order a high quality trailerable boat cover. I was very impressed by the characteristics of the trailerable boat covers that this company provided: strapping that made attaching it securely a breeze, a higher thread count that had tight weaves for greater protection, and a full 100% warranty to back it all up. As soon as my trailerable boat cover arrived – which was amazingly quick – I went out to give it a try.
Because I'd ordered the cover based on the specific dimensions of my boat, it had an incredibly snug and secure fit. Immediately, I could see that this trailerable boat cover would keep my boat from incurring any more damages on the freeway – or anywhere else. To prove it to myself, I strapped the cover on and took the boat for a test run along the same stretch of highway that I'd previously damaged it on – and came out unscathed upon arriving back home.
Needless to say, I learned the hard way about the importance of trailerable boat covers. A boat is a great thing to have, and protecting it is important. Now, I tell anyone I know who owns a boat to invest in a high quality boat cover to protect their favorite piece of equipment.