Save time, money and the environment by choosing an ENDURACover™ over annual shrink wrap . . . Here’s why:
Durable, reusable covers are more economical, practical and environmentally friendly than shrink wrap for long term storage. Here’s some great reasons to consider an ENDURACover rather than shrink wrap for your boat.
COST. An ENDURACover from iboats.com typically costs less than one season of shrink wrap and, when properly used and maintained, outlasts shrink wrap by up to five years or more.
BREATHABILITY. One of the most notable disadvantages of shrink wrap is the potential development of mold and mildew. No matter how well the shrink wrap is ventilated, your geographical location will play a large part in how much mold and mildew grow underneath the wrap and cause unsightly and often costly damage. Climates with frequent temperature changes from warm to cold cause excessive condensation to build under the shrink wrap. The lack of circulation under the wrap makes it difficult for excessive moisture to evaporate and escape through vents. All ENDURACovers are breathable, utilizing the latest technologies in ultra water repellency without “coating” the fabrics with an impermeable layer that cuts off circulation. This technology allows heat to escape rather than become trapped, thereby reducing condensation. Any condensation that does develop is able to evaporate and escape.
ACCESSIBILITY. After standard shrink wrapping, you’re basically locked out of your boat until spring unless you want to slice and patch. For those who like to work on their boat during the off-season, an ENDURACover provides accessibility without sacrificing protection.
PROTECTION. When properly tied down and supported, an ENDURACover will protect your boat as well as shrink wrap. It is important to note, however, that some basic common sense practices apply. An ENDURACover must be properly supported and “pitched.” Support poles or a support system, available from iboats.com, or a homemade
device such as a length of rigging line run tightly from bow to stern, should be used to create a tent effect so that rain and snow can drain off freely.
WIND WHIPPING. Another notable
disadvantage to shrink wrap is
potential damage to the gel coat from
wind-whipping. Shrink film “hardens”
during the shrinking process and when
exposed to high winds from trailering
or storm, can slap or rub the sides of
the boat to the point of permanent
abrasion. While new boats from the
manufacturer are typically delivered in
shrink wrapped cocoons, the process
of padding a new boat to prevent
damage is far more extensive than the
average seasonal shrink wrapping
method. ENDURACovers are made only
from fabrics suitable for surface
contact and are specially designed to
protect the boat at highway speeds
when properly tied down and
supported. Premium fabric offerings
such as Performance AquaShield also
offer the highest tear strength
available in a boat cover fabric.
PRACTICALITY. Perhaps the greatest
benefit of an ENDURACover is the
protection it offers year-round. All
ENDURACovers are excellent for both
mooring and storage and the majority of
covers are exceptional for travel.
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT. While there
have been great strides made in the
reclaiming of shrink wrap in recent years,
the process of preparing the material for
recycling is extensive. All non-shrink
materials must be removed. The wrap
must be cleaned of all dirt and debris that
could interfere with the recycling process,
dried, and packed in manageable sections
for handling. Consider the enormous
amount of material associated with
wrapping boats. Any percentage that
ends up in a landfill remains significant.
An ENDURACover helps keep shrink wrap
out of our landfills.
The ENDURACover brand boat covers and bimini tops feature the highest quality in materials and workmanship and are manufactured in the USA by craftsmen with over 30 years in the cover business. Click here to shop for ENDURACover boat covers