Most of us have seen that boat at the marina or on a trailer in someone’s yard that, although it’s only a few years old, has faded upholstery, dry and cracking wood brightwork, mildewed gelcoat and smells like a musty locker room. What’s the easiest way to avoid that? A boat cover. It’s also a good way to make it difficult for rodents to take up residence and protect your electronics from dust, dirt, bird droppings or sticky-fingered intruders. We’ll cover (pun intended) the basics of choosing boat covers below, but for a more thorough explanation and installation videos covering each type, see our West Advisor article: Selecting the Right Boat Cover.