A boat lift canopy is essential to have in order to protect your boat. But when it’s time to close shop for the winter, people often only focus on storing their boat properly and neglect to do the same with their lift’s cover. It’s important to prepare your canopy boat cover for winter, because this can help ensure that your canopy will have a long life and continue to stay strong. By pairing these storage steps with our cleaning guide, you’ll be prepared to properly store your canopy for the winter.
Clean and Dry Completely
The first step of properly storing your canopy is to clean it. Different fabric types require different care measures, and you can find them all listed here. After you finish cleaning, it’s crucial that you make sure your canopy is completely dry. A damp canopy can result in mildew, which will cause the canopy to deteriorate over time. Allow your canopy to dry in the sun, and use towels to make sure it’s completely moisture-free before proceeding.
Improperly folding your canopy can cause creases and cracks that will later cause damage. To do this step correctly, fold your canopy lift inward several times until it is in the shape of a small and manageable rectangle. From there, you can either leave it as it is, or roll it into a cylinder shape before continuing to the next step.
If possible, you should avoid containing your canopy with restraints because doing so for too long can result in irreversible creases, cracks and splitting. If you have to bind your canopy, make sure never to use a sticky adhesive such as tape, because that can be hard to remove. Instead, opt for equipment that is easy to take off, such as bungee cords.
Store in Right Container
Next, make sure to store your canopy in a bag or box that allows for proper air movement. If your canopy came with a bag, you can use that to store it in. If not, avoid non-breathable plastic bags or sealed containers, which can cause moisture to build up and lead to mold and mildew.
Once you’ve properly stored your boat lift canopy, you’ll be able to relax during the colder months with peace of mind, knowing that once spring comes around again, you’ll be able to get back on the water without having to waste time fixing your canopy or buying a new one.