There’s nothing quite as fulfilling as spending time on the lake away from the pressures of the world. The sight and sound of water all around and the peace of being away from it all can be incredibly relaxing and fun.


But once you pull up to the dock, don’t you take the time to clean out your boat, wipe down the interior, and try to keep your investment tidy? Give your boat even better, more comprehensive protection with a boat lift canopy or dock house tarp.


While you may think of a boat lift canopy as an accessory to lake life, they’re anything but. Boat lift canopies work to protect and prolong the life of any marine vehicle, not to mention make it more comfortable to ride in by keeping it clean and dry. It’s no wonder why so many docks have them. 


At Canvasworks in Cokato, we specialize in manufacturing quality marine products, from boat mooring covers to dock house tarps and everything in between. Check out these important considerations when choosing a canopy to protect your boat while it’s docked, and then give us a call to order your custom boat lift canopy! 

Lake Life Gets Messy. Boat Canopies Can Help.

Lakes aren’t the cleanest or most predictable places. Local wildlife, sudden storms, and even other people can all damage the infrastructure of a permanently docked boat. 


Luckily, a boat lift canopy can help mitigate some of these hazards. How?

Keep Your Boat Safe in Sudden Storms 

Minnesota weather is capricious; you never know when a sudden thunderstorm will strike. While boat upholstery is designed to be tougher than interior upholstery, hail and flying debris caused by extreme storm winds can wreak havoc on it. 


You wouldn’t leave your open car outside in a severe thunderstorm. Why would you do that to your boat? 


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Provide Much-Needed Sun Protection 

UV rays from the sun can cause boat upholstery to fade and crack, eventually necessitating replacement. 


The scientific term for this process is photodegradation, and it breaks down the chemicals in paints and dyes, causing fading and bleaching of your boat’s interior. It also degrades the vinyl, drying it out and leaving it prone to cracking.


That’s why it’s so important to keep your boat protected under a high-performance canopy. It reduces the amount of damaging sunlight that hits your boat or jetski, helping keep your interior colors true. 

Protect Your Boat From Birds 

It’s common knowledge that seagulls, geese, and other lakeside waterfowl can make a mess on boats. A boat dock canopy helps to prevent anything unpleasant from landing on your boat’s upholstery. 


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Safeguard Your Boat From Other People 

Docks attract fish, and fish attract fishers. While most people do their best to avoid damaging boats, accidents happen, and sometimes, a lure can end up inside a boat buried in upholstery. 


Boat lift canopies can help prevent this by blocking off access to your boat from the top. 

Assist With Mold Resistance for Your Boat

While it’s important to protect your boat against the elements, you also want your boat to get plenty of fresh air. Boat lift canopies fit the bill perfectly because they cover your boat and protect it from the elements but still allow air to circulate around the upholstery. 


Airflow dries out your boat and reduces the proliferation of mold in your boat which helps keep your boat’s interior in good shape.

Always Ride in Comfort 

Aside from the lifespan-prolonging benefits listed above, boat lift canopies ensure you have a comfortable ride on your boat every time. 


Nobody likes sitting on wet upholstery or upholstery that’s been in the sun so long that it’s too hot to touch. With a boat lift canopy, the environment and temperature of your boat remain more consistent. 


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Despite the many benefits of boat lift canopies, they can allow dirt and debris to be blown into your boat. If you run into this issue consider purchasing a lightweight mooring cover to be used on your boat while it is under your boat lift canopy.

Custom Boat Lift Canopy Covers & Dock House Tarps

When it comes to protecting your boat, your best bet is a quality canopy for your boat lift, but don’t settle for less than robust protection and long-lasting quality.

Highest Quality Materials

At Canvasworks, we manufacture our lift canopies using either a heavy-grade vinyl laminated polyester fabric or a solution-dyed polyester fabric, both of which are designed to stand up to the elements


Even after several seasons of intense sun exposure, these fade-resistant materials will still look fresh, which means they’re thoroughly protecting your boat, too.


Our dock house tarps are crafted using a heat-welded perimeter as well as heat-welded main seams and rolled rim spur grommets. Flame-resistant tarps are also available for added protection. 

Designs That Match Your Style

We can create a custom boat lift canopy cover in a variety of colors and designs to fit any canopy style and aesthetic preference. 


We’ve customized several dock house tarps and boat lift canopies in university or sports team colors, as well as an American flag design! It’s a great way to add some pizzazz to your lakeshore. 

In Search of a Custom Boat Lift Canopy? Canvasworks is Here to Help.

If you’re looking for a way to protect your boat and keep it looking great, a custom-manufactured canopy is a great investment. To learn more about our custom canopies, stop by our gallery and check out our custom boat covers and canopies. 


To order your custom boat canopy system, give us a call at 320-559-0165 or contact us online to connect with a member of our team about your marine product cover needs today.