A properly covered boat creates handy storage space for your boating accessories such as towables, life jackets, and fishing gear.
Only a properly fitting boat cover that is the best fit for your boat will give your boat and gear the protection you need. Our buying guide will help you choose the best boat cover for your boat.
Best Boat Covers
Here are our boat cover reviews.
The iCOVER boat cover is a great bet because it has six tie-down straps and is available in six sizes, so you should be able to find a good fit for most boats. This cover is large enough to be used on v-hull or tri-hull bowriders or runabouts.
- This cover is designed to be used while the boat is on the trailer
- Available in six sizes, up to 23 feet length and 100 inches at the beam
- Includes a large storage bag for when the cover is not in use
The AngLink Waterproof Boat Cover comes with 11 integrated tie-down straps, which makes it a good bet for larger boats or boats that will be un-attended. This cover includes a mesh storage bag, which is a nice feature because when you remove the cover it will likely be wet in places, and the mesh bag allows it to breathe and dry without mildew.
- Made with RIPSTOP 600D polyester canvas for durability, product life is expected to be 2 or 3 times that of most other boat covers
- Designed to fit common boats from 17 to 19 feet including bass boats, skiffs, runabouts, and tri-hulls
- Includes 11 adjustable straps to keep the cover on your boat
The Seamander Trailerable Runabout Boat Cover is a good bet for small runabouts or bowriders. It is available in seven different colors, so you should be able to match the cover with your boat’s vinyl and paint scheme.
- Available in four sizes, for beam widths up to 102” and lengths up to 24’
- Available in seven colors
- Two-year manufacturer’s warranty
The Budge 500 is a big cover for big boats. This cover is designed to go over the entire T-Top roof on a center console. This cover is a good option for long-term storage because getting the cover over the T-Top is a significant amount of work. For short term-storage, try the classic accessories T-Top.
- Extra-large size fits over the top of T-Top
- Fits boats 16’ to 26’ long
- Available in two colors
This cover from Classic Accessories is a must-have for a good fit on center consoles. This cover is designed to fit over a large hump in the middle, including the center console and windscreen. This cover will not fit over a T-top.
- Includes one support pole
- Sizes to fit boats from 14’ to 24’
- Designed to completely cover the center console
The Classic Accessories T-Top Roof Boat Cover is a good bet for center consoles with T-Tops. This cover is designed to fit around, not over the T-Top roof and rocket launchers. The cover protects the boat while the T-Top protects the center console.
- Designed for center consoles with a T-Top Roof
- The cover wraps around the T-Top but does not cover the roof
- Includes stuff sack, one support pole, and straps
Plastic support poles are very important for getting a long-lasting fit for your boat cover. These poles support the cover to keep water and debris from accumulating in low spots. Small boats probably need at least two of these poles, but larger boats will need more to keep the cover tight without any sagging. This pole is available in a 2-pack, with a shorter pole that is useful to present sagging in places like your boat’s forecastle.
- Available in a 1-pack that extends from 12” to 54” or a 2-pack that extends from 35” to 65”
- Made from durable rust-proof aluminum
- Can be used anywhere on the boat to support the cover
- Available in sizes that fit 24” to 35” tires
- Available in black or white
- Hook design keeps the tire cover secure on windy days
This set of tire covers from Explore Land is perfect for small boats with two-wheel trailers. They attach and stay tight with elastic, and they are the best bet for protecting your boat’s tires from rot.
- Available in sizes to fit tires from 23” to 34”
- Available in black, charcoal, and off-white
Plastic support poles are very important for getting a long-lasting fit for your boat cover. These poles support the cover to keep water and debris from accumulating in low spots. Small boats probably need at least two of these poles, but larger boats will need more to keep the cover tight without any sagging.
- Part of the iCover system, but can be used with any boat cover
- Size extends from 12” to 54”
- Props up the boat cover to prevent debris or water buildup
Buyer’s Guide – Finding the Right Boat Cover for You
Boat covers are a very important investment to protect your boat. Most boaters have their boats on the water for 10-20 days per year. Boat covers protect your boat when not in use from rain, sun, and debris. A properly covered boat can stay showroom-new for a decade, whereas an uncovered boat will look as worn as if it was on the water every day. Tire covers are important too because boat trailer tires don’t get many miles they tend to rot long before the tread wears out. Keeping the tires covered will add a year or two to your boat tires’ life. This investment is well worth it because boat tires for large boats can cost $1,000 or more per set.
Our product reviews highlight the differences between the types of boat covers and key product features that will help you decide which cover is best for your boat. Product features and cover types that you should keep in mind include the type of the boat, size of the boat, and accessories such as tire covers and support poles.
Type of Boat
Boat covers can be found to fit any type of boat, including bowriders, V-hulls, Tri-Hulls, center consoles, and center consoles with T-Tops. Be sure to read our product reviews to make sure you pick a cover that is appropriate for your type of boat.
Size of Boat
The size and fit of your boat cover are most important. I cover that’s too small will never fit, instead, it will just waste your time with a return. A cover that’s too large may seem to fit, but the extra material will become a nightmare of sagging, water accumulation, and shifting with the wind. The best guideline for measuring your cover is to measure the length of your boat from bow to stern and at the widest point of the beam, then choose the next cover size with both dimensions larger than your boat’s measurement. That’s a good starting point, but don’t go too many more inches above your actual measurement or you will have a loose cover. Also keep in mind what features your boat has such as windscreens, rocket launchers, or wakeboard towers that will require a slightly larger boat cover with more material.
Boat cover support poles and tire covers are extremely important to maintain worry-free protection for our boat. At a minimum, most boats will need two support poles to prevent sagging, although four or six poles is probably best for most boats. Sagging is the enemy of boat covers because a sagging cover will quickly accumulate water and debris. This water and debris makes the sagging worse and often will tear and ruin the boat cover. Even if the cover does not tear, the accumulated water and debris has nowhere to go but in the boat.
After using our buying guide to choose the right products for your boat including a boat cover, support poles, and tire covers, covering your boat is easy as long as you have the right gear. When covering your boat, first raise the tongue jack, then remove the bilge plug, disconnect the bilge pumps, and place the cover over the boat with the support poles in place. Then tighten down all of the boat cover straps and adjust the support poles so there is no sagging. Finally, place the tire covers over the tires, and your boat will be protected from harmful sun, rain, and debris.