Choosing The Right Sailboat Covers

How to Choose The Best Sailboat Covers

Sailboats encounter extreme weather elements on their outdoor adventures, including a series of extreme dry and wet cycles comprised of scorching and humid summers and freezing winters. They also bump into hailstorms, salt air, bird droppings, dirt, and many other extremities. 

That's why you should have high-quality sailboat covers that can withstand any form of weather beating to protect your worthy investment. The ideal boat tops should prevent rain from getting into the boat, offer protection against ultraviolet rays, and remain breathable. 

Here are a few tips to help you choose the right boat covers.


Sailboat covers come in different colors. It's advisable to pick colors that will fit the function of the use of your boat. 

Darker colors will absorb more heat and channel it to the inside of the boat. Whereas lighter colors will do the opposite.  Your specific needs will drive your color choice.  Your climate and style of boat will both be contributors to which colors you choose.                                                                                                                                                                         


Sailboat covers are available in different materials. The fabric you opt for must be suitable for your environment. 

You need to factor in a fabric's strength over time when making your purchase. Not all fabrics are created equal.  As such, we utilize only the highest grade materials for our sailboat covers.  

The ideal fabric should combine water repellency and breathability, and offer reliable mildew and UV resistance. Also, look at its abrasion resistance and tensile strength. 


It's essential that you choose a boat cover that fits perfectly on your sailboat. The best way to achieve this is by taking accurate measurements of your sailboat before shopping for a boat top. 

Measure the length of your boat in a straight line starting from the bow tip to the farthest point aft. If you wish to cover the swim platform, bow pulpits, or the trolling motors, consider taking pictures of your sailboat and sending it to us to review and then quote. Also, measure beam width from side-to-side. 

These are helpful measurements when contacting us for a quote on your boat cover.  As the saying goes a picture is worth a thousand words so you are always welcome to send a picture to us first and then we can request measurements from that picture. You should also understand your sailboat's hull style as it relates to the size and type of cover you are looking for.


The amount you'll pay for your sailboat cover depends on the size of your boat, the fabric utilized.  Contact us for a more accurate quote depending on your specific needs.

Types of Sailboat Covers

Typically, there are two types of boat covers: custom-fit and universal covers. If you desire a glove-like fitting that is a perfect match to your sailboat that is what we specialize in.  

Our sailboat covers are developed precisely to fit your sailboat's make and model, and they offer more durability compared to universal boat covers. If you are purchasing universal covers always keep in mind that wind and elements will likely reduce the life of the cover. Ensure the cover you purchase has the right features and is suitable for your boat.  That is critical for the cover to last for several years.  

Our Sailboat Tops

Are you searching for high-quality, durable boat tops? At Big Sky Canvas, we have it all! We have been producing sailboat and boat covers for over 40 years. We can easily help you decide the right cover for your boat.

Our boat covers are available in different colors, sizes, fabrics, and styles to meet the client's varying tastes and preferences. 

Our boat tops are designed to withstand the test of time and extreme weather conditions. Browse through our collection of sailboat covers and choose your ideal product. Alternatively, give us a call for a free quote.

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