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When shopping for a custom fit boat cover, if the description does not exactly match your boat, you may have to choose a semi-custom boat cover. These  covers tend to be less expensive and are often made from the same fabrics as custom boat covers. You will need to know the general shape of the boat (e.g. bay fisherman or a v-hull shaped boat), plus the dimensions of the beam and length of the boat. To do this:

  • Measure your boat’s centerline length (straight measurement from bow to stern) NOTE: Do not measure up and over the windshield, this is a straight line measurement.
  •  Measure your boat’s beam (at its widest point, usually near mid-ship). Do not select a boat cover unless the description exactly matches the year, make, model and any additional significant description of your boat.

Unless otherwise stated, boat covers will not fit modified boats with aftermarket accessories or boats with t-tops, ski/wakeboard towers or radar arches. If you have some doubt here, please contact the boat cover fitting specialists at Go2marine.com (800-998-9508). The cover may be available, but not posted on  the Go2marine web site.

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If your boat is stored in a moist environment you will want to choose a fabric that is breathable like an polyester or acrylic that has not been coated, but rather, had treatments applied to the thread itself, sometimes referred to as solution dyed. A cotton fabric is the most breathable, yet the least durable fabric and not water resistant. If your boat will be subject to lots of rain, look for a polyester or acrylic fabric that has been coated with a moisture resistant compound. For boats that are subject to lots of sunlight, look for a boat cover fabric that has been treated with UV coating. Learn more about boat cover fabrics and other common boat cover questions at Go2marine.com.

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A boat cover will protect the topsides and interior of your boat from weather as well as reduce moisture or sun damage coming in from the environment. The number one enemy of a boat’s interior  during the off-season is moisture, second only to the harmful damage of solar rays. In addition, boat covers, covered with Ultra Violet coating, can prevent the harsh rays of the sun from causing damage to your boat.  Find more answers to your boat cover questions  here.

Blue Sea Systems continues to be a leading manufacturer of electrical panels and electrical components for boaters; whether building new or refitting your boat. Go2marine supplies electrical products for powerboats or sailboats as well as commercial and fishing vessels.

The Blue Sea name is synonymous with quality marine electrical products. There is a crafted Blue Sea marine electrical distribution panel to fit every need. Panels are available in AC (alternating current, 110 volts), DC (direct current, 12 volts), a combination of AC/DC as well as waterproof DC panels. As years have gone by, boats have increased in their electrical complexity with the addition of GPS, computers, LED lights and other systems. Blue Seas panels help the average boat owner when doing an electrical panel replacement or installation. Benefits include increased electrical safety as well as updating the panel for the demand in modern electrical use.

AC Electrical Distribution Panels:

DC Electrical Distribution Panels:

AC/DC Electrical Distribution Panels:

DC Weather and Water Resistant Distribution Panels for cockpit, helm and spray situations.

Blue Sea panels are easy to use and modify. There are circuit breakers available to fill open positions left in panels for customization or to replace breakers with ones that more approximate your panel requirements.

Thermal Circuit Breaker / Switch Combination

Thermal circuit breakers combine switching and circuit protection. Typical uses for these are as a switch / breaker to a downrigger, electric outboard, winch or any electric motor. Use in any location where power is coming directly from the battery to an electrical device. These thermal circuit breakers are waterproof and vaporproof and may be used aboard gasoline powered boats with no risk of spark.

Battery Switches

Most modern boats of any size have a battery switch. In a simple system, the battery switch just cuts the electricity from the batteries to the engine, or the “house” (the term for batteries that run the boat electrical systems other than the engine) or both.  As boats get larger, they may use more than one for a variety of reasons. The power coming from a group of batteries is sorted out into banks, for the house and engine. Add to this a separate generator starting battery, inverter and battery charger and you may have more than one switch to direct all the different power sources to the distribution panels or applications. Blue Sea Systems manufacturers a battery selector switch for any application.