Covers Designed with Your Needs in Mind

Covers are often an afterthought for a purchase, something you add on to prolong the life of a product, or something you realize you need when the weather becomes less than ideal. Most companies make covers that are treated as half-hearted commodities, made solely to fill the purpose of covering. They don’t speak to the value you place in your home, the unique conditions you face in your yard, nor your personal preferences. Our patio furniture covers are different. They’re more than fabric. They are unique: designed for you, your needs, and your home.

Patio furniture covers have the primary function of providing protection for your outdoor furniture. At Classic Accessories, we’ve been working on digging deeper, to create covers that keep the end user in mind while maintaining the quality that we strive, as a brand, to uphold.

We’ve delved into why you should protect your outdoor accessories, and topics like caring for your grill and selecting furniture materials for your patio. This month, we wanted to do a bit of a deeper look at some of the features that take our coverage to the next level; covers that move beyond their basic function to be more of a part of your home and lifestyle.

Every season, we strive to bring something new, interesting, and useful to the table, expanding and improving our cover selection. Selecting developments to make our covers more personalized and unique, ready to adapt to the conditions they will face in their future homes, and ready to be everything you need them to be.

A Legacy of Innovation

It Starts with Covers

Traditionally, covers have been focused on their passive performance. From materials to construction, it’s been about functionality: fitting and shielding.

Does it work? Is it really made for what I’m covering? Can this cover stand up to the elements? Does it protect the underlying materials? Will it enable the object it’s covering to last longer?

Covers, to really be covers, need to own up to those answers.

With Design in Mind

For us, design became a focus for our covers, because aesthetics is such an important factor in any home-bound purchase.

Even if this “works”, does it work for me? Do I like it in my yard or next to my home? Does this feel right? Is it my style?

We’ve spent years creating covers that look carefully at both functionality and design. Covers don’t have to be drab; They can have color, incorporate design lines, and fit into the aesthetics of your home. Our collections, from the two-tone, capable classic that is Veranda™ to the highly protective fabric in an indulgently dark color that constitutes Madrona®, our covers have personality and don’t compromise on protection.

For a quick view of our patio furniture covers and to find the right collection for you, you can consult the lovely chart heading the Patio Furniture Covers page.

For a more in-depth look at some of the design differences that make our long-standing collections unique, check out this blog post.

Conditional Awareness

We’ve refined and incorporated the quality-focused features and technology that go into our covers to make covers that fit your needs. Seeking these catered improvements has led us to several lines of covers constructed with features to address specific conditions that affect your yard and home.

Condition: Nowhere is safe from the sun
Solution: FadeSafe®

FadeSafe® fabrics stay strong against sun exposure

Certain environments experience more sun than others, causing materials to weather and fade, losing their luster far too soon.

We wanted to create covers using fabrics that would stay vibrant longer, despite being outdoors. FadeSafe® fabrics, which are solution-dyed
(made from material spun from colored yarn, rather than materials dyed after being woven) for colors that last longer against sun exposure. FadeSafe® fabrics are used throughout our Montlake® collection, from the patio furniture covers, cushions, hammocks, umbrellas

Condition: The rain doesn’t go away
Solution: RainProof™

RainProof™ lines have critical seams taped

Sometimes it rains. Sometimes it pours. Sometimes, you need a little bit more in the water-resistance arena than what is available in a standard cover. Rather than break out something in the pure plastic (tarp) family, we took a hint from human rain protection and sealed our seams.

In our Madrona® and StormPro™ RainProof™ lines, we reinforce the weather- and water-resistance that most of our cover materials have with special attention to the water-repellency and durability of the fabric using taped seams. Taped seams are common in waterproof garments and tents, involving the application of a sealing tape over seam lines to prevent water from permeating the fabric through holes made in the stitching process.

Condition: Windy weather stirring things up
Solution: WindLock®

WindLock®: a convenient attachment system

We want our customers to be blown away by our quality, but don’t want our covers to follow suit. Windy conditions (as well as other, non-weather-related conditions) can make wanting to secure your cover important.

We included buckles, rather than ties, to make fitting and securing covers easier. Taking the buckle a step further, we developed the WindLock® Attachment System (Patent 9155397 B2). This system allows you to secure the cover in a more versatile manner through a hem tunnel system that does not cause the bunching that comes with tying down an elastic hem. It’s a major feature of our Ravenna® collection.

Improving Interactions

These were strides forward, addressing concerns on aesthetics and weather-tolerance. We wanted to go beyond the aesthetics and begin to address the act of covering. Several of our grill cover collections released within the last year, SideSlider™, Porterhouse, and StormPro™, provided touch points to improve your interaction with the cover; covering and uncovering.

Problem: Covers can be cumbersome to put on and take off, and grill covers can see a lot of action over time
Solutions: SideSlider™ , Porterhouse™, and StormPro™

SideSlider™ provides an easy on/off process through the adoption of a full-height zipper and the use of reinforced materials that can withstand the sliding process.

Avoiding buckles all together, Porterhouse™ uses large, WrapTite™ panels with multiple points to secure the cover with hook and loop closure strips.

StormPro™ grill covers adopt a split-access skirt that provides access beneath the cover while in use as while simplifying cover installation and removal.

Along the train of thought of seeking better experiences with covers, we arrived at an interesting juncture. We had started to cover what happens when the cover’s on a product, but…what happens when it’s not?

Experience Matters

There is a growing focus in the industry on managing the full life cycle of a product, from use to reuse and beyond. We took a step in that direction, asking how can we best help people who have covers, when the covers aren’t in use.

What do you do with a cover after you take it off?

Fold it. Well, we do, at the least. This is especially true amongst our Design and Creative teams. It’s impressive to watch our long-tenure designers take down an RV cover and get it back to nearly the factory-fold. However, those teams spend inordinate amounts of time with the covers, draping, designing, measuring, staging, photographing, and more. The finesse we have comes from constant interaction.

Our consumers would only be dealing with covers on a seasonal or environmentally-biased basis. If folding isn’t simple or intuitive for someone, confusion and chaos generally ensue, in the form of great swaths of wadded fabric. It’s less tasking to just shove covers into a storage container for the season; we even know that some people use our cushion storage bags to this end. Stuff-to-stow is an easy answer and acceptable for some; however, the end result is rarely pretty and leaves some dissatisfied, if the quantity of inquiries we get to Customer Support regarding how to fold covers is any indication.

There are people who want to fold the covers, but it’s neither an intuitive nor simple process. Frustration with the covers, and/or spending unseemly amounts of time trying to fold the covers neatly, for storage or presentation, are not great experiences. We weren’t okay with that. Great experiences are what we strive for, and we were leaving some customers behind.

Solving the Problem

A more nuanced look at the “why” for folding covers informed our answer. For some, folding covers is part of the process of beautifying their home, ensuring that things are neat and tidy at all levels. A folded cover is smaller and easier to manage. It takes up less room while in storage and is easier to bring out of storage, especially if it’s part of a larger organizational system. Poorly folded covers do not fit in the discrete cabinets or other storage options already at home in and around the patio. Folding covers is about simplicity, neatness, and organization.

For the people who do fold, or want to fold, we determined three key puzzles to solve:

  1. How to fold a cover simply
  2. How to make the folds in such a way that the folded cover is neat and small
  3. How to make this easily repeatable

Creating how-to-fold tutorials was the simple answer—and is something that we might pursue moving forward, for people who love our covers, in any category, but struggle with storage neatness or fitting the covers into their current organization system. This answered the “how-to” question, potentially the “neat” question, and was repeatable. It was not, however, the most elegant solution; certain materials and cover configurations simply cannot be folded down to a small size. The cover itself prevents it. Covers are designed to fit furniture, not to be folded.

We needed a cover that was designed to be folded.

Intentional Design

The solution took time. We wanted to design something that was able to be folded consistently and intuitively, without compromising on the quality of the fabric, the fit, or the aesthetics.

Our designers looked at cover handling, how people interacted not only with covers, but with the touch points on the covers. How someone might approach taking off a grill cover as opposed to a chair or sectional.

Once key interactions were determined, the puzzle narrowed into a game of constructing the cover in such a way that when the fabric was lifted away from the object it was covering and was subject only to gravity and the natural deformations caused by the material, folding was intuitive. Happening almost in response to being removed from the furniture.

Handling Covers

The handle became a focal point in the process. Handles are, in name and function, what people reach towards when starting to uncover furniture. The best way to organize the steps of cover folding was the strategic placement of handles on the cover. In Storigami™, the handles were placed in locations that were easily reachable, instinctively part of lifting the cover, and naturally causing the fabric to begin to gather in an encouraging way.

“Intuitive” became our focus. We wanted to create a cover that folded naturally and used gravity for that purpose.

-Delina Wells, Designer and Market Trend Analyst

An Answer in Seams

Handles would give people a first step, something to grab onto to begin their interaction with our cover. It was simple. How to intuitively drive the next step took more strategy. Most fabrics do not have a shape that they hold on their own. The form of the material is determined by its attachments and interactions with other pieces of fabric. Getting the fabric to act the way it needed to in order to be simply folded required experimenting with seams. It required discovering which constructions would cause the fabric to fold the way we desired it to fold.

Determining the seam placement and types of seam took time. Patterns our designers were familiar with could serve as templates in some cases but proved inadequate in others. The fabric had to cover the intended object completely, but the fabric panels and seam lines needed to work together so that there were even, graceful folds.

Storigami™ was a unique design experience. Each style had to be approached in a different way and each provided its own challenge.

I had to figure out the best construction and seam placement to achieve the folding function in an intuitive and accessible way. Starting was always the hardest part, it wasn’t always easy to see how an item would fold, and it would take some time to find the best method of folding that was both intuitive and easy to use.

The best part of the process were the “eureka” moments, ideas would come up out of the blue and it was always exciting when I found the best way to fold a style.

Jose Derteano, Associate Designer

Our design team spent over a year perfecting the design of the covers, ultimately creating something truly special, Storigami™.

Storigami™

Storigami™ is debuting as our newest patio furniture cover collection; however, it’s more than a cover. It’s an exploration, a new way of thinking about experiences in outdoor living spaces.

Storigami™ was a proof of concept that demonstrated the innovation that comes from exploring customer experiences and designing to enhance product interactions and use.

In Storigami ™, you have a collection of covers with thoughtful attention being given to your personal preferences for product storage and upkeep. It’s a collection for the neat-at-heart and tirelessly organized.

Resonating deeply with our desire to provide thoughtful solutions for our consumers, the Storigami™ collection is a milestone for Classic Accessories®.

When looking for a cover, don’t settle. Classic Accessories offers a variety of covers made for you and your furniture. Whether you want a cover that fits into your organizational style, a cover with features catered to your home’s weather conditions, or a cover that simply speaks to you aesthetically, we’ve got you covered.

Covers Designed with Your Needs in Mind

On the Water

The last weekend in April always brings a weekend full of family friendly fun and fishing! Trout fishing at its finest if you ask any of the kids at our local Lake Wilderness that night.

Lake Wilderness is an easy 30 minutes East from our office. The afternoon brought campers into the park to set up camp and to get their tackle ready for the trout derby that started at midnight.

Anglers get to launch out at midnight and fish until noon the next day. Local chambers and rotary clubs sponsor the annual event and give families a great night full of fishing, camping and fun including outdoor movies, games, camp fires, concessions, prizes and a fisherman’s breakfast the next morning.

This weekend, Seattle celebrates the Opening Day of Boating Season!

From its earliest days Seattle has celebrated important occasions with water festivities. The opening day on the Montlake Cut began in 1920 and has been celebrated the first Saturday in May and is steeped in tradition with kicking off the parade with the blast of a cannon and the raising of the Montlake Bridge. Seattle Yacht Club’s Opening Day has become the nation’s largest regional celebration of water, Spring and the opening of boating season. Participating yachts will be decorated to illustrate this year’s theme for Opening Day, “Boating Through the Decades”.

Take advantage of our local celebrations with our On The Water Sale. Take 20% off all Boat and Fish items with discount code: OnTheWater at checkout.

Discover More Time Outdoors with Classic Accessories

Source: Seattle Yacht Club, Pixabay, Voice of Maple Valley

On the Water

Master’s Weekend Sale

Spring is here, and so are the tee-times. Booking the first few rounds of golf as the daylight extends itself is something every golfer looks forward to this time of year. Even though your swing may not be ready, the Master’s weekend kicks off the sudden urge to get ready for weekends on the links.

Although most of us can only dream about the fairways at Augusta on early mornings or sneaking in before the shadows stretch across their world famous greens, we find our favorite local courses and have just as much fun. Our Fairway™ Collection offers golfers comfort and peace of mind during the round and off with enclosures, covers and accessories that let you keep your focus on game and not on the forecast.

We can only hope for blue skies all day without any frost delays, but we also know that all golf days can’t be perfect. We also know that any day on the course beats a day at work 100% of the time. We celebrate that with products that lean into your play time and allow the hours spent on the paths to be as comfortable as possible. Plan your rounds with these days in mind, especially in early spring when mother nature plays with you, no matter if it’s a morning round or twilight.

Celebrate golf’s kick off to the season this weekend with our Master’s Sale. 25% OFF all Golf items through the end of the major this weekend. No discount code needed. Take an additional 15% OFF every day when you sign up to be a loyalty member.

Here’s to the weekend, and another green jacket.

Master’s Weekend Sale

Love & Snow

We are finally starting to thaw out here after Winter decided to come and dump its season’s worth of snow on us. Every station you watched or listened to or read gave us the warnings. So much so that grocery stores in all of our neighborhoods quickly became social memes  after shoppers posted their photos of empty shelves and checkout lines rivaling holiday shopping before the first flake fell.

When it came, it didn’t stop for days. Luckily though we had peace of mind after we took the time to throw on our covers over our patios sets, grills and toys that get to sit out in some of the worst weather of the year.

After the last trip of Fall, my husband and I winterized our trailer and boy are we glad we did! *Fun Fact – since we wanted to give the trailer a final wash before putting the cover on, we used a leaf blower to get the majority of the water off and used soft rags to dry the rest. Worked like a charm! We recommend allowing any thing you are covering to air-dry.

Not long after, we found ourselves thankful we took the time to cover the trailer with our PermaPRO Travel Trailer Cover since 16+ inches of snow came along with ice, high winds and tree branches!

Our Art Director, Dorik Downing, had the same story with his backyard. There’s no question Dorik loves to grill and spend time in his backyard. His ceramic grill, tables and dining sets have our Madrona Patio Furniture Cover Collection on them:

Talk about peace of mind! Although it’s freezing cold, all of our favorite pieces are protected from harsh weather just like this!

Our forecasts are calling for more winter weather coming this way for the rest of February here in the great Northwest so we are extending our Love the Outdoors SALE until the end of the month. Take 25% OFF site-wide on classicaccessories.com no code needed!

Stack an additional 15% off your total when you sign up to be a Loyalty Member today!

Have a safe and warm President’s Day Weekend!

 

Love & Snow

De-Stress with Seasons

We made it! Another Holiday Season in the books. Hopefully spent with loved ones making new memories and looking forward to ringing in 2019.
After the gifts have been unboxed and the recycle has been taken out, we hope to be at the tail end of your holiday with our Holiday Storage collection: Seasons
De-stressing with our clever and beautiful organizers from the Seasons Collection will add comfort and joy. This complete holiday decoration storage line of protectively padded bags and totes keeps your ornaments organized, lights looped and trees tucked safely away. Each is carefully made with high quality materials, and you’ll find thoughtful touches like clear identification labels, windowed lids and a beautiful holiday inspired fabric. All the better to keep your treasures and your memories safe:


Less Stress & More Cheer with Seasons

De-Stress with Seasons

Surviving Cyber

CYBER SALE!

It’s the day before all the sales hit.  You name it, it’s on sale in some cyber way or another. Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Sunday “Early Bird” Specials and into Cyber Monday.

There are plenty of websites popping up and into feeds whose sole purpose is finding the best deals for you. Are they following you too?! Do a quick search online right now and that perfect gift for this Christmas will show up all directions this side of Cyber Monday.

I’ll be honest, I don’t brave the crowds on Black Friday. I am not, nor have ever been, the sales-diva who maps out the deepest discounts with latte in hand waiting for her favorite store to open at 2 o’clock am.  I enjoy waking up AFTER the sun comes up on the Friday after Thanksgiving, call me crazy.

I remember the days with countless bags in your arms, shuffling through the mall from store to store … only to sit in traffic when what little patience you had left was spent on the lines to the cashier.

Cyber Sales are more my speed. I can’t complain that I do my shopping without running shoes these days, and from the comfort of my own home couch computer cell phone pace.

Shopping that looks like this? … Sign me up!

Comfort aside. The best thing about Cyber Shopping for me is TIME…

The time it gives me to do the things that matter. Take away the commutes, the walking down aisle after aisle or thumbing through hangers to find the right size for growing kids … the time I save is time I cherish.

We are all about TIME here at Classic Accessories. Time spent outdoors. It’s your time and your friend’s and family’s. To us, it’s also about much more than that.
Because it’s not just about the fishing boat; it’s years of father-son time on the river.
It’s not the RV; it’s a route to grandkids scattered all over North America.
It’s not the patio furniture; it’s time spent laughing and sharing stories
with family and friends.
It’s about protecting dreams, adventures and memories,
and all the irreplaceable experiences that make your belongings worth protecting.
That’s why we do what we do. And why we’re committed to doing it so well.


We are starting our Cyber Week Sale early this year. Today through November 28th.
30% OFF site-wide! So go ahead and put on those embarrassing cozy socks and pull up your browsers, the sales are waiting.

Here’s to Discovering More Time Outdoors with the ones you love this Holiday Season …
and every season – it’s kinda our thing.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from all of us at Classic Accessories.

Surviving Cyber

Cover your Gear

Why Cover my Outdoor gear?

One question we often receive is: “why cover your outdoor gear?” It’s a good question, why should you cover a grill, boat, patio furniture, RV, car, etc.? For that matter, why should you cover patio furniture or anything really, in a dry climate? Will the rain cause some kind of damage to my gear; it’s meant to be outside, right?

Want to know about a specific category of covers? Check out these posts:
Patio Furniture Covers
Lawn and Garage and Lawn Equipment Covers
Car Covers and Truck Covers
RV Covers
Boat Covers
UTV, ATV, and Snowmobile Covers
Golf Cart Enclosures and Covers

Already past convincing and want to know how to measure for a cover? Click your category:
Patio Furniture Covers,
Lawn and Garage and Lawn Equipment Covers,
Car Covers and Truck Covers,
RV Covers,
Boat Covers,
UTV, ATV, and Snowmobile Covers,
Golf Cart Enclosures and Covers

Great reasons to protect your outdoor furniture, equipment, and gear with a cover. Covers:

  1. Protect from water damage
    Covers help limit water accumulation directly on the product, especially when the cover has water resistant or waterproof qualities.This can help prevent rust and corrosion. Additionally, standing water and moisture can lead to mildewing.*

    1. *Mildew (and mold) are fungi  that occur due to the interaction between water and organic material. Covers are only able to help limit this and require some cleaning and ventilation, so that organic elements that have made their way onto your gear don’t have a chance to grow.
  2. Keep out dust and debris
    Wind can blow dust, dirt, and debris against your gear, causing weathering and scuffing. Covers are a layer between your gear and the elements.
  3. Protect from damaging UV rays
    Direct exposure to UV rays can cause fading and material deterioration. Covers, especially those with UV treatments, can block some of this light, increasing the longevity of your product at its current exposure level.
  4. Prevent pests
    Animals and insects will make a home anywhere. Covers can’t fully prevent them from nesting in your furniture and gear, however they can deter the discovery of these hidden places by making it more difficult for critters to find their way in.
  5. Provide for savings
    All of these factors lead to you spending less time dealing with avoidable problems with the assets that enable your favorite outdoor activities. Investing in a cover can reduce your time and cost spent on maintenance/repair, likely reducing the frequency at which you need to replace your furniture, car, boat, RV, etc.
  6. Reduce cleaning time
    By protecting your gear with a cover, you will not have to spend as much time cleaning your outdoor equipment at any given time of the year.
  7. Maintain your yard’s aesthetics
    Covers provide a tidy, and pleasing look to your outdoor space.

We believe that covers are a great investment for the future of your outdoor gear. We love getting outside to enjoy our yards and nature with friends and family. That time together is a huge part of what people love about their patios, boats, RVs, and vehicles. Saving time not sweating the small stuff (like cleaning and avoidable deterioration) is a benefit that’s hard to talk down. Regardless of your cover use or disuse, we hope that you are able to find time to care for your gear so that it’s there when you really want to get out and enjoy the experience.

 

Cover your Gear

Golf Cart Enclosures and Covers

Why Cover A Golf Cart?

Jump to “How to Measure a Golf Cart for an Enclosure or Cover”

Aside from providing you increased comfort and increasing your ability to play a few rounds if there’s light rain (and no thunder, of course), golf cart enclosures and covers are a great way to avoid excessive dust buildup and keep pests out. They’re particularly fitting for golf carts that have to be stored outside.

Enclosures….

  1. Help limit exposure to the elements
    The main benefit of enclosures, is that they will provide some relief for the rider from dust, dirt, rain and wind.
  2. Prevent pests
    It cannot prevent certain critters from finding a way in, but a fully enclosed golf cart is more difficult for pests, such as spiders and bees to invade.

Covers…

  1. Help limit exposure to the elements
    Covers provide a layer of shielding between your cart and these elements when your cart is not in use. Wind can blow dust, dirt, and debris against your gear, causing weathering and scuffing. Covers help limit water accumulation directly on the product, especially when the cover has water resistant or waterproof qualities. This can help prevent rust and corrosion. Standing water and moisture can lead to mildewing*

    1. *Mildew (and mold) are fungi  that occur due to the interaction between water and organic material. Covers are only able to help limit this and require some cleaning and ventilation, so that organic elements that have made their way onto your gear don’t have a chance to grow.
  2. Provide protection from UV rays
    Direct exposure to UV rays can cause fading and material deterioration. Covers, especially those with UV treatments, can block some of the light that does the most damage, increasing the longevity of your product at its current exposure level. This can be one way that golf cart seat covers are especially useful.
  3. Prevent pests
    Covers can make it more difficult for insects to find their way into the golf cart in the off season, as well as other unwanted rodents that would seek to nest in the equipment.
  4. Reduce cleaning time
    By protecting your gear with a cover, you will not have to spend as much time cleaning your outdoor equipment at any given time of the year due to reduced exposure to dirt, dust, and pollen. Pollen can increase the rate of deterioration for a golf carts and their seating, so a cover can help prolong the lifespan of your cart given its current exposure levels.
  5. Aesthetics
    Full coverage golf cart covers provide a tidy, and pleasing look to your yard, taking the noisy shapes within a golf cart and reducing it down to a single form. Golf cart seat covers can clean up a well-worn seat, or protect it from particular environmental elements (salt and sand at a beach, for example).

 


How to measure a Golf cart for an Enclosure or Cover

 

Measuring a golf cart for a cover or enclosure is fairly self-explanatory. The style of roof is partially determined by the seating arrangement of the cart, but please do measure by hand to be certain. Also, please take care while measuring the roof, from whichever direction you decide to measure it. Having a friend help can be useful.

 


Please feel free to reach out to one of our helpful Customer Service Representatives at 1-800-854-2315 Mon – Fri, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm PST if you have any additional questions regarding any topic related to our products. The Classic Accessories website also has information regarding warranty, as well as FAQs.

Golf Cart Enclosures and Covers

UTV Covers, ATV Covers, and Snowmobile Covers

Why Cover UTVs, ATVs, or Snowmobiles?

Jump to “How to Measure UTVs, ATVs, and Snowmobiles for Covers”

Some days all you want to do is get out and go. Let nothing slow or deprive you of your adventure. Covers (applied post a good cleaning) keep your favorite alternative transportation in tip-top shape and ready for the next ride. Power Sport vehicle covers…

  1. Help protect your equipment from water damage
    Covers help limit water accumulation directly on the product, especially when the cover has water resistant or waterproof qualities. This can help prevent rust and corrosion. Additionally, left unattended, standing water (and moisture) can lead to mildewing.* Covers keep a layer between your vehicle and the elements. Helping you forgo preventable refinishing or painting makes them a cost-effective way to maintain the aesthetics of your favorite equipment.

    1. *Mildew (and mold) are fungi  that occur due to the interaction between water and organic material. Covers are only able to help limit this and require some cleaning and ventilation, so that organic elements that have made their way onto your gear don’t have a chance to grow.
  2. Keep out dust and debris
    If you keep your equipment outside, then you expose it to additional weathering. While not ideal for long-term storage without proper aeration, covers can limit the scuffing caused by wind-blown dust, dirt, and debris. Covers will also limit dust accumulation on a vehicle kept inside a garage.
  3. Provide protection from UV ray damage
    Again, applying to mostly outdoor equipment, direct exposure to UV rays can cause fading and material deterioration. Covers, especially those with UV treatments, can block some of the light that does the most damage, increasing the longevity of your product at its current exposure level. Seat covers can be a good way to keep your occasionally empty passenger-side seat from losing its luster on a UTV.
  4. Prevent pests from nesting
    Rodents and other critters are known to burrow or make nests in unwanted places. Covers can make it more difficult for critters to find these nooks and wind up causing themselves or you injury (or from damaging your gear).
  5. Reduce cleaning time
    By protecting your gear with a cover, you will not have to spend as much time cleaning your outdoor equipment at any given time of the year by preventing the accumulation of dust and pollen.
  6. Aesthetics
    Covers provide a tidy, and pleasing look to your yard. Covers will only hide the accumulation of dirt and whatnot from your forays into the city and wilderness, they will not help your vehicle be cleaner inherently. It’s important to keep your gear in good condition, even in the off season and to clean it thoroughly after each use.

 


How to measure UTVs, ATVs, and Snowmobiles for covers

Getting the right cover for your power sport vehicle can be a challenge. There is a surprising variability to the size and shape of these vehicles that leaves the idea of a “universal fit” difficult to answer. If you have any questions or concerns, or find yourself at a loss regarding your particular model, please feel free to reach out to our Customer Service Representatives at 1-800-854-2315.
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As an aside, models for these vehicles change year to year, and our covers may not always indicate which years our accessories and covers are best suited for. Customer Service can help you match your dimensions to our closest fit if one is available.


Please feel free to reach out to one of our helpful Customer Service Representatives at 1-800-854-2315 Mon – Fri, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm PST if you have any additional questions regarding any topic related to our products. The Classic Accessories website also has information regarding warranty, as well as FAQs.

UTV Covers, ATV Covers, and Snowmobile Covers

Boat Covers

Why Cover A Boat or Personal WaterCraft?

Includes: Boats, Pontoon Boats, Personal Watercraft, Paddle Boards, and Kayaks

Jump to “How to Measure Boats or Personal Watercraft for a Cover”

Covering your boat is very similar to covering your car. A cover is an investment in maintaining your favorite method to get-out-on-the-water-now. Boat covers help your vessel stay at its best when high-and-dry. If covering your boat seems questionable, The IBoat Forum may be a good place to go to, to read through the debate from the perspective of boat owners.

A boat cover…

  1. Deters theft
    According to SavvyBoater.com, the top three items stolen from boats are electronics, outboards, and outdrives. Something about an open boat can attract people to either steal something or climb up into your property. A boat cover helps keep things secure and off-limits.
  2. Protects against UV rays
    Direct exposure to UV rays can cause fading and material deterioration. UV rays can damage a boat’s paint, finish, and seating (vinyl). Covers, especially those with UV treatments, can block some of the light that does the most damage to these materials, increasing the longevity of your product (at its current exposure level).
    Note: DO NOT cover a new boat or a boat that has recently been painted. Color from a cover can transfer to the fiberglass of a boat if the boat is new. Please wait 4 weeks before using a cover to allow the boat to fully settle. There are a variety of fiberglass cleaners in the market that will remove the color deposits, if such occur. It takes time for the chemicals to fully settle into place. The boat should not be covered for at least 2 months following a paint job. If you used a lacquer-based paint, never use a cover, it will end badly.
  3. Keeps dust and debris at bay
    Wind can blow dust, dirt, and debris against your boat, potentially causing weathering and scuffing.
  4. Protects against minor dents and dings
    Again, this won’t save you from anything serious, but may help keep a brush against the boat from damaging the paint job.
  5. Provides a way to keep maintenance time down
    Covers take a bit of brunt of nature so that your boat doesn’t have to. They are especially useful for helping with preventable seat and motor wear & tear.
  6. Lessens cleaning time

    By protecting your gear with a cover, you will not have to spend as much time cleaning your outdoor equipment at any given time of the year. Quicker to get out on the water and enjoy yourself!
  7. Protects from water damage
    Covers help limit water accumulation directly on the product, especially when the cover has water resistant or waterproof qualities. This can help prevent rust and corrosion. Standing water and moisture can lead to mildewing.*
    Please always keep the bilge/boat drain plug open when you’re on land, to allow for proper drainage of your vessel. Covers can limit new accumulation, but few are truly waterproof and water from rain can accumulate in the bottom of the boat. Keeping your boat unplugged is the best way to prevent this.

    1. *Mildew (and mold) are fungi  that occur due to the interaction between water and organic material. Covers are only able to help limit this and require some cleaning and ventilation, so that organic elements that have made their way onto your gear don’t have a chance to grow.
  8. Keeps critters away
    Rodents and other pests are known to seek refuge in nooks and other odd places. Covers can make it more difficult for critters to find and nest in such crevices.
  9. Maintains Yard Aesthetics
    Covers provide a tidy, and pleasing look to your outdoor space by simplifying shapes.

Important note: if you choose to trailer a trailerable boat cover (not all covers are made to be trailered), please ensure that your boat is clean prior to installing the cover. The trailering straps on a dirty boat can rub against your boat’s finish to an effect akin to sand paper (vibration between the strap and the boat with dirt, sand and salt particles caught between) causing marks on the boat’s surface. For long trips regularly check your boat to make sure it is secure and properly fastened as straps can come loose. Check out this Mastercraft forum for more.

Boat Motors

Boat motors are susceptible to UV rays too, causing chipping and cracks. Even if you don’t think a cover’s right for you, we think that it’s truly important to consider the upkeep of this element of your boat. Check out this video on boats.com to learn more about how to care for a boat motor. Motors may not be covered by our boat covers, due to the variability in size and location for motors. There are covers for outboard motors available on our site.


How to measure a Boat or Personal Watercraft for a cover

We recommend making this a two person job for safety’s-sake. While it is a time-consuming process, we recommend measuring these products by hand so that you know the actual physical dimensions of the vessel; manufacturers will often include auxiliary elements in the estimated length, depending on how the item it to be towed.

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