For those of you who do your freshwater fishing via boat, here’s an interesting article from our guest blogger Lee Hammerschmidt. Hope you enjoy it!
Covering Your Bass (Boat)
Congratulations! You did it!
After all that scrimping and saving (no to mention switching to cheap domestic beer), you finally purchased a bass boat to call your very own. And boy, you can’t wait to get that baby out on the water. But you still need to make one more small investment to protect that big investment… a boat cover.
As most anglers and boat owners know, a boat cover is a smart, inexpensive way to protect your boat from the elements. Rain, hail, mildew, dirt, road grime, UV rays and falling debris can all do a number on a boat. Not only will a bass boat cover keep your new vessel looking great, it will improve the resale value if you decide to upgrade in the future.
So, how do you decide which cover is right for your boat? It depends on what style of bass boat you have. Carver and Westland, two of the top boat cover manufacturers in the industry (Made in the USA!) offer options for three main styles of bass boats – Angled Transom, Jon and Pro/Wide.
Angled transom bass boat covers are designed to fit boats from popular manufacturers like Glasstream, Skeeter, and Cajun. Made of durable 8 oz. Performance Polyguard, they come in semi-custom fits up to 21 feet long and 96 inches wide, providing coverage for a trolling motor, depth finders, and pedestal seats.
Jon style bass boat covers provide coverage for a flared front bow and folded or low profile fishing seats. They are available in Performance Polyguard or Sharkskin fabric and in semi-custom fits up to 19 feet long and 92 inches wide.
Last, but not least, Pro/Wide bass boat covers provide coverage for a trolling motor, seats and windscreens up to 12 inches. Semi-custom sizes range up to 22 feet in length and 96 inches in width with fabric options of Performance Polyguard and Sharkskin.
But what about the prices? Depending on the size of your bass boat, you can pick up an angled transom for as low as $213, a Jon style for $158 and a Pro-Wide for $193 (http://www.savvyboater.com). That’s a pretty inexpensive insurance policy.
If you’re not sure what size boat cover you need, check out the popular resource guide, “Getting the Right Fit“. It’s chock full of helpful information on how to measure your boat to get a proper fitting cover.
So don’t let Ma Nature decrease the look and value of your new bass boat. With the many available options of bass boat covers, you’ll be able to stretch your boats’ lifespan to the limit, all the while you’re catching your limit. Or at least trying to.