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How to Measure for a Boat Cover

 Updated on: August 11th, 2020

How to Measure for a Boat Cover
Big Boat wrapped in a cover

If you’re in the market to purchase a boat cover, universal boat covers can be a smart investment. They require basic measurements, and fit a wide array of boats, including:

  • V-Hull Ski Boats
  • Fishing Boats
  • Tri-Hull Runabouts (inboard and outboard)
  • Aluminum Bass Boats
  • Fish & Ski Boats
  • Pro-Style Bass Boats

How to Measure for a Universal Boat Cover

How to Measure for a Universal Boat Cover

Find the length

Measure from the center of the transom to the bow; this is the very rear of the boat to the front tip of the boat. Do not measure up and over the boat's windshield, if it has one.

Find the width

Measure the beam width of your boat. The beam is the width of your boat at its widest part, typically found in the middle.

It is possible, but rare, that a universal boat cover will not fit when the measurements indicate otherwise. This can be due to unusually high windshields, railings, or add-on components such as trolling motors or anchor mounts.

Maintaining Your Boat Cover

Once purchased, it’s important to take care of your investment so that your cover (and boat) lasts for years of reliable service:

  • If your windshield has metal channel edging, please make sure there are no sharp edges, as sharp edges may cut the boat cover, especially in strong winds or while trailering your boat with the cover on. You can protect the cover from any sharp edges by covering them with cardboard before putting the boat cover on.
  • You can extend the life of your boat cover by limiting using it during transportation to only when unfavorable weather is an immediate threat. Please ensure that all straps are snug and that the cover is secure prior to departing. Additional straps may be used to further secure the boat cover from flapping in the wind.
  • Prevent water from pooling on the boat cover with boat cover pooling poles. Keeping water from pooling on the cover will allow it to dry quickly and avoid debris build-up, extending the life of the boat cover.)