As summer draws to a close, many boaters are gearing up to store their boats for the winter. If you need a new cover for mooring, trailering or storing your pontoon boat, why not make one yourself? For only a little more than the cost of an average pre-made cover you could sew your own perfectly fitted, custom cover that will last for much longer.
We’ve already shown you how to cover your sailboat and powerboat, and now we’re bringing you a video specifically focused on covering your pontoon. In our How to Make a Pontoon Boat Cover Video, we will walk you step-by-step through the process of sewing your own custom cover.
For our pontoon cover, we chose to use Surlast Fabric. Surlast is a solution-dyed polyester with a urethane coating on the underside to increase water and mildew resistance and to add stability. Surlast is a great cover choice for boats in the Midwest or other more temperate climates. If you live in the tropics, where the sun is stronger, you might want to use a Sunbrella Marine Grade fabric, which will offer even better UV resistance.
This style of pontoon cover fastens to the boat via snaps around the perimeter and features a venting system. The cover is tented to prevent water pooling using Cam-lock support poles. In this video, you will learn how to determine the amount of material needed (0:33), install boat vents (6:22), create darts (11:43), add chafe protection (39:07), and install snaps and support poles (59:10).
- • Boat Exterior Fabric (we used Surlast Forest Green 60”)
- • Seamstick 3/8” Basting Tape
- • V-92 or Tenara Thread
- • Boat Vent II
- • Cam-Lock Support Poles
- • 1” Polypropylene Webbing
- • 1” Sunbrella Acrylic Bias Binding
- • 2” Nylon Hook & Loop Velcro
- • Cloth-to-Surface Snap Fasteners
All of the materials needed to make your own custom pontoon boat cover are available at www.sailrite.com.
Have you ever made your own boat cover? Share your tips and advice in the comments!