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3 Reasons To Use A Boat Cover This Spring

A boat is a valuable investment, which makes purchasing a boat cover an obvious choice. There are many reasons for owners to use waterproof boat covers to protect their boat. EmpireCovers highlights the top three reasons to use a boat cover this spring:

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1. To prevent damage to your boat’s finish.

Using a boat cover while trailering to your local lake or fishing hole can prevent against minor dents and scratches along the way. A leaf or small branch may seem harmless but sticks and leaves can cause minor abrasions to your boat while traveling at high speeds down the expressway. These minor abrasions can turn into costly restoration for your boat. Rain and tree sap can also cause damage to your boat’s finish if your boat sits outside, which leads us to our next point.

2. To keep debris off of your boat.  

Whether your boat is stored in or outdoors, it is at risk for damage from debris. Leaves, tree sap, dust and exposure to other elements can amplify any imperfections to your boat. A breathable boat cover will prevent these elements from harming your boat and prevent mold and mildew on your boat.

3. To deter thieves and other unwelcome guests.

Thieves typically look for easy targets. If your boat is covered, that is an additional step the thief must take to access your boat and its contents.  The thief will look for another vehicle to break into, which is one reason you need a car cover, too. A boat cover may also deter critters from calling your boat home.

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If you had a boat growing up, some of your favorite memories were made on the water. Boats come in many shapes and sizes. There are pontoon boats for leisure time and bass boats for novice fishermen.  EmpireCovers offers covers for boats of many shapes and sizes. These boat covers are guaranteed to fit your boat and offer superior protection.

Find the best waterproof boat covers on the market at EmpireCovers.com.

How To Cover Your Pontoon Boat

Pontoon boats are a great way to relax and spend time with family and friends. Boating season is coming to an end for those of us who live in the northern part of the US. It is time to start thinking about how you’ll protect your pontoon after it’s out of the water.

If your pontoon is left outside, the elements can cause severe damage. You may leave your pontoon boat uncovered in a garage. Storing your pontoon boat in a garage protects against the elements, but your boat can still be exposed to other harmful factors, such as cats, dust and more. Wrapping your pontoon and paying storage fees can get expensive. Choosing a semi-custom pontoon boat cover may be the best option on the market.

EmpireCovers pontoon covers are high quality, waterproof pontoon covers, designed to fit almost any make and model. Our pontoon covers fit boats ranging from 17’-28’ long. All of our pontoon boat covers have multiple tie downs, buckles and straps for guaranteed protection against the sun, wind, rain and snow.

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Please use EmpireCovers’ pontoon cover selector to find which size fits your pontoon best. All you need to know is the make, year and model. Our selector will suggest a size based on manufacturer specs. For the best possible fit, please take a measurement of your pontoon.

How To Measure A Pontoon Boat

First, take a measurement of the length. This measurement ranges from the tip of the bow to the tip of the parallel bow. Next, measure the beam width, or rail to rail. Once you have these measurements, you can make the appropriate selection on our website or call customer service at 888-872-6855.

EmpireCovers Announces Brandon Card’s Bionic Boat Cover Giveaway!

Enter Brandon Card’s Bionic Boat Cover Giveaway!

EmpireCovers has teamed up with professional angler, Brandon Card, to give away a state-of-the-art, completely unique multi-layer Bionic® Boat Cover.

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This heavy-duty cover is made with a Bionic® Ripstop outer layer and a microfiber inner layer. It is the most innovative boat cover on the market and it is exclusive to EmpireCovers. Made from a 100% environmentally friendly yarn, the Bionic® boat cover is guaranteed to protect your boat from sun, rain, dust, snow and other elements.

The contest ends on Labor Day (September 2, 2013)! Enter daily and share your entry to increase your odds of winning! One lucky entrant will receive a $589.99 Bionic boat cover for free! All entrants will receive a 30% off coupon code to shop at EmpireCovers and Empire Patio Covers.

Benefits of A Trailerable Boat Cover

The summer is already half way over! While boating season is in full swing, you may start thinking about storage options for the fall. A trailerable boat cover may be the best option for you, whether you keep your boat in a garage, storage area or out in the open.

EmpireCovers stocks a variety of affordable, semi-custom boat covers. Choosing an EmpireCovers boat cover has a variety of benefits for owners and boats.

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Built for Affordability: Our semi-custom boat covers provide ultimate protection for hundreds of dollars less than wrapping your boat or paying for storage.

Built to Last: Our boat cover fabrics are made with the most durable material and warranted to ensure protection for years. They also provide exception durability, with taped seams and protective sleeve for buckle and vent.

Built to Protect: EmpireCovers boat covers are vented to provide superior air circulation and protection against mildew, dampness and musty odors. The UV treated material protects boats from extreme sun and heat. The covers also protect against debris and other elements while on the road, as well as the snow and rain.

Easy to Use: In fact, our boat covers are so easy to use, a kid (or three) can do it!

Please note:

Your boat cover must be securely tied down and snug before proceeding on the road. If the cover begins to flap in the window, please tighten the cover securely to the boat before continuing.

Our boat cover size selector suggests sizes based on manufacturer specs. For the best possible fit, please take a contoured measurement of your boat and chat with our customer service department via live chat or by phone at 888-872-6855. If your boat has a bimini top that cannot be removed or folded down to flush with the rails of your boat, these covers will not fit your boat.

What Size Bimini Do I Need?

Like boats, bimini tops come in many shapes and sizes. From bass fishing to pontoons, we’ve got you covered.

EmpireCovers’ bimini tops come partially assembled, with clear directions, to guarantee easy installation. Proper measurements provide a near custom fit with our 2 bow, 3 bow or 4 bow bimini tops. Choose a blue, burgundy, tan, white or grey bimini top for your boat.

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Measuring What Size Bimini Top Fits Your Boat

The first thing to consider when measuring your boat is what portion your want your bimini top to cover. This area will vary depending on personal preference and use. Use a measure tape to determine the length and record this amount.

Find the center mounting points for your bimini top. Measure the distance between these mounting points to determine the width. Please note, this measurement is not the same as the beam width of your boat. Choose the width that is closest your mounting point measurement.

Now, measure the desired height of your bimini top. This measurement should be taken from the mounting point to the desired height, not from the floor of your boat. This measurement should be the minimum headroom clearance you prefer.

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EmpireCovers created a bimini top selector to help choose a bimini for your boat, however, this selector only takes the manufacturers’ maximum stated beam widths of your boat. This width may or may not be the same as where you prefer to mount your bimini. It is important to use your own measurements when selecting a width for your bimini top.

We cannot stress enough to measure the length, height and beam width before placing your order. Also consider color when choosing your bimini top. EmpireCovers takes pride in selling high quality bimini tops. Due to the packaging having many small parts, bimini tops have a 20% restocking fee, to ensure it will be fit for re-sell. Please read EmpireCovers’ return policy with any questions.

If you have any questions about your bimini purchase, please call our customer service department at 888-872-6855.

Empire Covers Favorite Pro Angler Brandon Card is Fishing His Way to the Top….

Our boy, Brandon Card caught some serious fish on the Douglas Lake last week at the Bassmaster Southern Open. The 3-day tournament took place in Dandridge TN, from April 4th to the 6th. A total of 180 boats competed throughout the weekend. Card placed 77th in the Pro Anglers, weighing in at a total 14.9 pounds.

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Brandon Card Weigh In Shot

Growing up only a few miles from Norris Lake, TN, Card started fishing for bass at a very young age. At age 14, he competed in his first bass tournament, and bought his first bass boat at age 16. After high school, Card attended the University of Kentucky where he became the president of the UK Bass Fishing Team. Throughout college, Card competed in a number of national championship events. However, it wasn’t until he won the Ultimate Match Fishing College Edition tournament in 2007, that he gained national exposure.

Since then, Card has been distinguished as a force to be reckoned with in the pro fishing world – and rightfully so. He competed in the 2011 BASS Southern Opens where he posted 4th, 9th, and 13th finishes in all three of the Southern Open tournaments. Card also finished 2nd place in Angler of the Year standings and received an invitation to compete in the 2012 Bassmaster Elites Series. In 2012, Brandon’s first year on tour, he won the Bassmaster Rookie of the Year title.

This March, Card placed 7th at the Bassmaster Elite series on Falcon Slam. Currently, Card is leading the Toyota Bassmaster 2013 Angler of the year race with 185 pts. At age 26 and in just his second Elite Series, Card is the youngest angler in the hunt for the AOY title.

For over a year now, Card has been a loyal supporter of Empire Covers and uses our waterproof boat covers to protect his pro fishing boat during both the on and off seasons. Thanks for the support Brandon, and best of luck on your journey for the AOY title – we’re rooting for you!

Checkout some action shots of Brandon Card on Douglas Lake below:

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Brandon Card on Douglas Lake

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Brandon Card on Douglas Lake

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Empire boat covers protecting pro fishing boats after a long day on Douglas Lake

Nathan McDonald Guest Post: Summer Fishing Safety

Here at Empire, we’re all about playing it safe. In the spirit of summer safety, we called upon competitive bass fisherman Nathan McDonald to give us tips and tricks to staying safe on the water.   The dog days of summer are upon us. Some would argue that they have been here for a while, but August is normally the hottest month of the year for my area. A lot of anglers look to the cover of darkness to catch fish, but I for one choose to fish during the day. I have a few tournaments left in August, so I try to stay safe in the heat and protect my fish. Here are a few things that I do every time I am on the water during the summer.

Top Five Fishing Summer Safety Tips
Guest Post by Nathan McDonald for EmpireCovers.com 

1 – Apply sunscreen early and often throughout the day. I use Coppertone in the spray bottle on my arms, legs, neck, head, and face. I apply it as soon as I get to my first stop and continue to use it until after the weigh-in. The spray bottle also keeps the sunscreen off of my hands and in return off of my baits. There have been several discussions on whether or not this affects a fish’s reaction to the lure. I choose to just avoid it all together and not take a chance.

2 – Stay hydrated and eat something every once in a while. Gatorade and water are my two best friends on the water in the summer. This is something that falls under the “practice what I preach” lecture. Last month at a tournament on Green River Lake, I nearly passed out at the weigh-in while getting my fish out of the live well. I know it sounds odd, but I find it hard to remember to drink and eat during a tournament. I just get caught up on watching my line and waiting for that bite. Drinking and eating seems to take a back seat. Try to make it a habit to grab a bottle of water every time you move to another spot.

3 – Keep an eye on the sky. This time of year, pop up storms can happen at any time. Many of these can be severe and produce dangerous lightning. At least twice this year, I have made a dash for cover during a day on the water. If you are in a tournament, it is easy to push it to the limit to get in every cast possible. You have to ask yourself, is it really worth getting hurt or worse, dying for that one extra bite? I have read to different articles this year about people in boats dying from lightning strikes this year. One was in Florida during a tournament and the other was in Kentucky during a trip on the lake just having fun. I am sure there have been countless other incidences this year that I don’t know of.

4 – Fill up your live well early in the day and use an additive. I always fill up the live well at my first stop. This will normally be when the water is at its lowest temperature in the summer. This is also when I add U2 to my live well. There are several additives on the market, and I am sure there are arguments to which one is better. My opinion is that any of them is better than not using one at all. These products will remove ammonia that builds up in the live well, relieve stress from the fish, and help repair their slime coat.

5 – Carry a fizzing needle in the boat. One important thing to do with is to learn how to use a fizzing needle. Many fish are caught in deep water during the summer months. Deep water is relative to your area and the lake that you are fishing. On most of the lakes I fish, 20 plus foot is considered deep. This does not affect all fish that are caught deep. When a fish is caught in deep water and they are reeled in rapidly, the fish’s air bladder gets air trapped inside and the fish cannot regain their equilibrium. If the air is not fizzed out, the fish will float upside down in the live well and most of the time they will die. There other products on the market to help remedy this but I like the fizzing needle. Once again, there are arguments over which is safer for the fish, but any of them is better than not doing it all.

Hopefully some of you will find these tips helpful. Most of these things are common sense, but we can never be reminded to many times when it comes to safety. Whether you are out for fun or in a tournament, please stay safe on the water.

Find Nathan on Facebook and check out his fishing posts on the EmpireCovers Facebook page.
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