A little water isn't going to hurt anything.

A little water isn't going to hurt anything.

People always ask me if my covers are waterproof. I always have to say that they are water-resistant. The difference is mainly that waterproof boat covers will not allow any moisture through them, regardless of how long the water has been standing, how much comes down, or whether the cover is sloped. In short, a waterproof cover is like wrapping your boat in visqueen and dropping it in a plastic bag.

Why aren’t my covers waterproof, you ask? Well, covers that won’t let water in, won’t let water out. In other words, they don’t ‘breathe,’ causing all kinds of nasty problems like mold and mildew. Waterproof covers must have vents to avoid this, and consequently, can let in even more moisture and other undesirables than a water-resistant cover.

Water-resistant materials: coated polyester, canvas, nylon

Water-proof materials: vinyl, polypropylene

Keep this in mind when shopping for a cover.

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It’s BBQ Season!

April 1, 2009

Grilling is delicious.

Grilling is delicious.

So, it snowed here in Seattle today. On April 1st. No joke.

For most Americans, however, it’s getting warmer, not colder, and its time to start firing up those grills. Most of you are doing it, too, if BBQ cover sales are any indication. Good to know that so many of you are taking steps to protect your equipment from the elements. Very prudent.

It seems like most people start out with the manufacturer cover, usually some overpriced vinyl job, rip it, then come to their senses and buy a decent BBQ cover. Vinyl’s not terrible, don’t get me wrong. It’s very affordable and basically waterproof. Unfortunately, it’s not terribly durable and can encourage mold and mildew growth because of its lack of ventilation. Generally, I prefer treated fabrics like polyester. Much stronger and with the right coating, pretty much as water-resistant. Plus, it breathes so you don’t get as much nasty stuff growing underneath when you go on vacation.

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