Fishing Boat Covers
Finding the Best Cover for a Fishing Boat
There are countless varieties of fishing boats out there, so finding the best cover can be confusing. At least, it was until you landed on this web page!
Your pride and joy deserves the best fishing boat cover possible, right? Of course it does. But there are an awful lot of different fishing boats on the market, and an awful lot a one-size-fits-all covers that don’t really fit any one type of boat particularly well.
That’s why we’ll start out by recommending you punch the make, model, and year of your boat into our “Cover Wizard”. This will allow you to find out if we have a custom pattern for your specific model boat. And if it’s not in there, don’t worry – our Select Fit covers are the next best thing to having a custom pattern! That’s because we don’t merely look at fishing boats as a whole, but instead break down fishing boats into 11 distinct categories, each with individual covers designed to fit the bill.
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Types of Fishing Boats
Aluminum Fishing Boats
Our aluminum fishing boat covers are fitted to match traditional V-hull style aluminum boats, but since many boats of this type have folding seats and low center or side consoles, we also make accommodations for these features. On top of that, the cover gets reinforced at the bow and transom corners, which can be rather sharp (and tough on a boat cover) with this type of fishing boat.
Aluminum Jon Boats
If your fishing boat is an aluminum Jon Boat, rest easy – their squared off bow and low-profile seats and consoles actually make them a relatively easy fit. We should note however, that unlike many boat covers that claim to be semi-custom, ours are available in one-foot increments. Many of our competitors only offer covers in two foot, or sometimes even larger, increments.
These boats commonly have a lower profile than many other types of fishing boats, and often have squared or flared V-shaped bows. So the covers we make for them fit (and are also reinforced at) that wider bow. Since boats of this style may also have low-profile bow rails, the covers we’ve designed for them fit over rails up to six-inches high.
Conventional Bass Boats
Like their speedy brethren the Pro Bass Boats, conventional bass boats tend to be low in profile and usually have a bow-mounted trolling motor. But as far as boat covers go, that’s where the similarities end. Conventional bass boat covers need to accommodate the more squared-off bow common to aluminum and/or tri-hull designs. And with this type of boat, the bow and stern corner reinforcements we add are absolutely critical.
These are actually some of the easier boats for us to fit, because the drift boat’s up-swept bow and stern design hasn’t changed for many years. We do, however, size these covers to ensure they’ll go over drift boats with folding or low-profile seats mounted inside.
Fish ‘N Ski
This is another style of boat that commonly carries a bow-mounted trolling motor, so again, we account for it when designing Fish ‘N Ski covers. They’re also shaped to fit the common runabout-like profile of a Fish ‘N Ski. Also, remember that this type of boat usually has both an open bow, and an open stern cockpit. This makes it as important as ever that the boat cover gets properly supported to prevent water from pooling up. Good thing for you Fish ‘N Ski owners that we include a standard vented support pole, with all Westland boat covers.
These models can be tricky to fit with a semi-custom boat cover, and we’ve made several modifications to make sure our Flats Boats covers do the job! First, we make room for a bow-mounted trolling motor, which is common on this type of boat. Second, these covers are designed to include a poling platform of up to 40 inches on the aft deck. Obviously, this is an important item to plan for when fitting a cover. Also, remember that shorter platforms that are shorter than 40 inches don’t create any problems, as this measurement merely denotes the maximum height the cover can handle while still effectively protecting the rest of the boat.
Pro Bass Boats
Pro Bass boats are a distinct breed, with a very unique shape. These boats are low-slung, usually have multiple folding seats, bow-mounted trolling motors, and small raked windscreens at the helm and/or passenger’s console. Do you think we account for all of these traits in out Pro Bass Boat covers? You bet we do.
V-Shaped Jon Boats with Center Consoles
Our fishing boat covers for this type of craft allow for consoles up to 30 inches above deck level. Plus, this style of boat often has a bow-mounted electric trolling motor, so in this case our covers are fitted and reinforced to allow for them. They’re also designed to wrap snugly around the relatively sharp and often flared bow common to V-shaped boats of this genre.
V-Shaped Jon Boats
Some other cover manufacturers might try to sell you the same cover for V-shaped jon boats with and without center consoles, but not Westland. We have a distinctly different cover for this type of boat, outfitted with a low-slung side console.
Whaler Boat Covers
These are designed to fit common Whaler-style center consoles, ranging in size from 10 to 19 feet. Our covers for these boats are also designed specifically to fit the rounded bows and fairly tall rails (up to 18 inches high) usually seen on Whaler-style boats.
How to Choose a Fishing Boat Cover
Your house has a roof. Your car engine has a hood. And, your boat has a cover - and if it does not, it needs one. Like your home or your car, you want to protect the inside of them, same goes for your fishing boat.
You have already invested money into purchasing your fishing boat, now it's time to make sure it stays in the best possible condition with a fishing boat cover. There are a variety of things to consider when choosing a boat cover, but fishing boats are slightly different than typical boats.
Boat Body Style
First, you will want to figure out what type of body style your fishing boat is. Westland manufactures Select Fit® covers for 11 unique types of fishing boats: whaler boat, V-shaped jon boat (with or without a center console), pro bass boats, flats boats, fish 'n ski, drift boats, conventional bass boats, bay fisherman boats, aluminum jon boats, and aluminum fishing boats.
The type of fishing boat you have will determine the type of boat cover you will want and need. Each of these boat styles require slightly different boat covers that accommodate the shape of the boat as well as any accessories that might be installed on the boat.. For example some fishing boats have center consoles, some have seats that fold down while others do not, and some have different bow shapes (i.e. v-shaped, flat, or rounded).
Depending on the climate of the area you live in, your boat might be more or less affected by moisture and humidity but all boats require a level of protection to stay in their best condition. Boats are notorious for mold and mildew build up - they are water vessels after all. Having the right cover will help make all the difference in your fight against mold and mildew.
Humidity can have detrimental effects on your boat if it's not properly protected. The fishing boat cover you choose should provide excellent breathability so that moisture does not become trapped beneath the cover as this promotes mold and mildew growth. Additionally, your cover should fit securely on your boat and be pulled taut to ensure that there are no areas where water may pool and damage the cover, leaving your boat with inadequate protection.
At Westland, each boat cover has two vents sewn into the cover to create a breathable atmosphere while keeping the cover as strong and water resistant as possible.
If your boat will be stored somewhere where it snows, you will want a heavy-duty cover that can withstand the weight of snow and keep your boat protected against this type of precipitation. If this is a concern, you may need to install extra support beneath your cover.
Proper Boat Cover Fit
Now, as we get into making sure your boat cover will properly fit your fishing boat, it is important to know what type of body style you have - if you have a center console or t-top is also important to consider when buying a boat cover because it will need to account for those accessories.
Universal covers are typically the most cost effective options but might not fit your fishing boat as snugly as a custom-fit cover because it is meant to fit a variety of similar boats. Unlike competitors who offer universal fit covers in large size ranges, Westland patterns its universal (or Select Fit®) covers in one-foot increments to get the closest possible fit to your boat. The closer the fit, the better protection a cover can provide to your boat.
For a perfectly snug cover, custom-fit covers are a top of the line option. These are specifically designed to accommodate the boat model and unique features that you have. Westland's sister company, Great Lakes Boat Top, supplies the world's most popular boat builder with original canvas patterned to the exact measurements of each newly produced boat model. With these patterns at our disposal, Westland is able to create Exact Fit® covers for a large number of boat makes/models.
Ready to Choose a Fishing Boat Cover?
At the end of the day, you will want to determine your budget and boat model style before purchasing your fishing boat cover. Here are a few questions you will want to ask yourself when choosing a cover:
- What type of fishing boat do I have? (one of the 11 listed above)
- What type of bow do I have? (Pointed, rounded, v-shaped, etc.)
- Do I need to account for a center console or t-top?
- Which cover type do I want? (custom fit or universal)
Don't see what you're looking for? Try starting your search over by visiting our Style Selector - or - if you would rather search by the Make, Model, and Year of your boat, try using our Cover Finder.
For additional help with your purchase, please call customer service at 1-800-835-7992