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Winter boat coversBoats as we know it have evolved over the years from a basic log in the water to crafts of unimaginable luxury. Built to perform a variety of tasks, transportation and pleasure have become the purpose of many. In ancient times, boats were used for fishing and moving goods from place to place.

As time progressed so did the design and manufacture of boats. We have come a long way from the likes of "Ra" the paper boat. But for the most part, boats have become a status symbol of who and what we are. There is a boat for everyone. Mostly though, a boat is a 'hole in the water that you try to fill with money'.

Getting onto the business at hand. In order to make it a little easier to determine a price for a cover, we have come up with the following definitions for different types of boats. Please locate the boat style that most matches your vessel and proceed from there.

Class 1

Center Console / Skiff / Runabout

center console boat coversClass I boats consists of a hull and thats it. No cabin to speak of and other then a windshield there is nothing to protrude above the deck or gunwale. These boats range in length from 14' to 22' by the popular manufacturer's but as a 'Go Fast; they can reach up to 40' and longer. "Cigarette, Scarab and Donzi" comes to mind. They may or may not have inboard engines. Other features that may apply are bow rail, radar arch, swim Platform or pulpit
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Class 2

Walk Around Cuddy / Cuddy Cabin

walkaround boat coversClass 2 boats is the next step up in the chain and typically an open skiff boat with the addition of a small cabin under the front deck - one that a person could standup in. The boat might have a head and Vee Birth. Windows on the side usually indicate the presence of a cabin. these boats range in length from 19; to 28' typically. Outbards are more popular than inboards in this class of boat but not by much

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Class 3

Shelter Skiff / Command Bridge

command bridge boat coversA class 3 boat starts to get wider in the beam but could run in length from 17; to 40;. Any class 1 or class 2 boat with the addition of a hard top/t-top is elevated to a class 3 boat. Class 3 boats also may have an enclosed main cabin and may or may not have a cabin below the front deck. Some of the additions to these boats are a bridge on the top of the cabin such as on a 28' Bertram or a 30' Sea Ray Sedan. Radar arches are not usually found on these boats.
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Class 4

Express Cruiser

express cruiser boat coversBoats in this class have a full cabin under the forward deck. There may be the addition of a radar arch; common but not necessarily on all boats of this class. These boats generally range in the length 24' and up. Boats that fall into this category but are less than 24' are generally thought to be class 2 boats. Some additions, along with the radar arch, are a pulpit and an extended swim platform. If there is a half tower added to this boat it becomes a class 5.
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Class 5

Hardtop Cruiser / Cabin Cruiser

hardtop cruiser boat coversAt one time this was a very popular style of boat. This boat is a class 4 with the addition of a hardtop coming off the windshield. Bayliner Motor yacht club model 3270 and Chris Craft Catalina 310 are good examples. Items that usually indicate a Class 5 is a full salon with a trunk cabin protruding above the forward gunwale. Additional items such as flying bridge, pulpit swim platform and radar arch mounted above the bridge. A half tower may also be mounted over the bridge.
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Class 6

Motor Yacht / Trawler / Double Cabin

yacht boat coversThe largest style of boat. Class 6 encomposses all the features of the previous 5 classes of boat. The width at the transom of these boats is about 144'. typically there is a rear cabin. If there is an extended hardtop over the rear deck, it is usually attached to a radar arch. The bridge is located above the salon cabin and forward of the rear hardtop and may have a hardtop of it's own. Some additional features include swim platform, pulpit, arch, and an extended hardtop over the rear deck or over bridge.
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Class 7


sailboat boat coversNot much to say here, a sailboat is a sailboat. Smaller boats are usually stored with the mast down. boats over 27' will generally have their mast stored in the rigged position. Booms may or may not be left on. Some boat owners may want to build there own frame supports for these boats. Covers that are made for the mast up are in two pieces. They lace together and have provisions for the shrouds and stays to pass thru the cover.
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