Wednesday, June 22, 2016

How to Easily Attach a Boat Lift Canopy Cover

If you live on a lake and own a watercraft, chances are high that you keep your boat protected from the elements with a boat lift. With proper care, boat lifts and their covers are important apparatuses that extend the life of your boat and upholstery. In this post we will provide tips on how to attach and install a boat lift canopy cover for top lift manufacturers: ShoreMaster, Hewitt and Shore Station.

Before you begin, you need to retrieve the canopy cover from out of season storage. When stored, the canopy should have been completely dry, carefully folded then stored in a dry area to ensure no mold or mildew can grow. If your canopy cover was not cleaned at the end of last year’s lake season, check out our cleaning steps.

When installing a boat lift canopy cover we recommend calling a friend for help as it’s a two person job. If you don’t have a neighboring lake friend already, throw a BBQ or go out and make one. Having a trusted friend to watch your property will make your life a lot easier and give you peace of mind during harsh winter months.

If this is the first time installing a canopy on a new boat lift frame, be sure to measure the lift ensuring the frame’s dimensions are all square. You don’t want to get ¾ of the way through the install to realize the lift awning is crooked.

Next, roll the awning canvas long ways on top of the frame’s center line. Ensure the awning is centered and there is equal amount of canvas overhang on all 4 sides. Attach a width end of the canopy completely to the frame with bungee attachments. Then move to the opposite end and attach the other short side. Continue to attach a bungee every 2 feet around the perimeter of the frame until you complete the final 2 corners at the same time. Our toggle bungee fastener tips are coming up next.

We recommend using multiple toggle ball for attaching canopy covers instead of one long attachment cord. This way if a strong wind breaks a single toggle strap there will be plenty of other attachment points remaining. We provide bungee fasteners on all of our replacement boat lift canopy covers.

Attachment Steps for Hewitt
  • Tie down Hewitt covers using 10” bungee ball
  • Feed the end of the bungee in the canopy’s D-ring and loop through
  • Wrap bungee ball around rail and lift ball through loop to secure
  • Continue this process around the frame until the cover is secure

Attachment Steps for ShoreMaster
  • Tie down ShoreMaster covers using 10” bungee ball
  • Feed the end of the bungee in the canopy’s D-ring and loop through
  • Wrap bungee hook around rail and lift hook to the hole in canopy rib or frame
  • Continue this process around the frame until the cover is secure

Attachment Steps for Shore Station
  • Locate your original canopy hardware transfer metal bands and compression hooks to your new canopy
  • If you purchased a replacement from us, we will provide you with our universal attachment system which attaches to the frame with continuous bungee rope and "S" hooks
  • With canopy in place run bungee rope through all four side sleeves
  • Make sure rope is slightly slack, then make small half-moon shape cuts in sleeve beneath each hole in bow or frame
  • Place "s" hooks into hole and lift rope to hooks
  • Bungee rope will tension as you complete a "saw tooth" attachment

If you still have boat lift canopy questions or need guidance on installing a different brand please email us!


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