The importance of using the best boat cover for the job shouldn’t be underestimated. There are three main types of boat covers, each with a different purpose. We’ll begin by going over those three types, then we will go over the various sub-types.


  • Mooring covers or summer storage covers – These covers are specifically made to be used while the boat is not in use during the summer months. Often times the boat is left at the dock and needs to be protected from summer storms, wildlife, and anglers. They have a high pitch to shed water effectively, which makes them unsuitable for travel. Mooring covers are generally made with breathable material and venting systems to allow moisture to leave the boat. 

Boat cover to haul boat.


  • Travel covers – These are made primarily for protecting your boat while it’s on the road. They have a more streamline design with a lower pitch so they can easily travel at highway speeds while protecting your boat. They do shed water still, but the lower pitch can lead to some pooling, especially with pontoon covers. Like mooring covers, they are made out of breathable fabric to allow moisture to leave the boat.

Pontoon Boat Cover


  • Winter storage covers – Are designed to withstand harsh winter conditions and protect your boat through the cold months. They have a much higher pitch than summer storage or travel covers and use a laminated material that allows ice and snow to more readily slide off the cover. The frame is much heavier duty as well to stand up to winter winds and snow loads.

Winter Storage Boat Cover



Using the wrong cover for the job can result in damage to your boat and the cover, so it’s important to make sure you’re using the right cover. Now that we’ve gone over the three main types of boat covers, let’s delve a little deeper into the world of boat covers and their attachment methods!


  • Tie down boat covers – These are the old standard for travel covers. Tie down covers take longer to install, but they are easier to use if you have issues with your hands. Never use bungee cords in the place of tie down ropes, they allow the cover to jump around on your boat, leaving rub marks on your boat and causing your cover to develop wear holes. Tie down covers are used for travel and are not suitable as mooring covers since you don’t have a trailer to tie onto.

Tie Down Boat Cover


  • Snap on boat covers – More convenient than tie down covers, snap covers are the most common type of boat cover we sell. They can sometimes be hard to use if you have problems with hand strength, but there are several options to make installing your snap on cover easier. We offer EZ grab loops to assist in installing snap on covers and there are tools you can buy to help as well. J-clips and the Stay-put fasteners are other, similar attachment systems. You can learn more about these methods in our blog post about boat cover attachment systems. Snap on boat covers are suitable for travel, mooring, and summer storage.

Snap-On Boat CoverJ Clip Boat CoverBoat Cover 




  • Ratchet strap covers – Quickly becoming a very popular option, our ratchet strap covers are the fastest and most easily installed boat cover we make here at Canvas Works. These covers are most suitable for travel covers, but can be used as mooring covers in some situations. Check out the video below to see just how easy it is to put on and take off.
Ratchet Strap Boat Cover

In the market for a new boat cover? Canvasworks has you covered!

We’ve been fabricating custom covers for over forty years, we have the knowledge, experience, and technology to keep your outdoor equipment and toys covered. We use heavy duty, name brand materials in all of our custom covers and heat weld our seams to eliminate thread rot concerns. Give us a call today at 320-559-0165 or email as at  to get started.