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Get a Boat Cover Quote!

Looking for a boat cover an be quite daunting when you have no idea were to start. Let me give you a few details that will be required when asking for a quotation:

  • What is the model?
  • Make and type of boat is it?
  • What is it’s length? - Unsure: measure from the nose down the centre of the boat / over a windscreen / console to get an accurate measurement to the transom area.
  • What is it’s breadth? (widest point)
  • Do you have any known extras that might be important: ski pole / wake tower / roll bar / trolling motor / bow rails get

No matter what type of boat you have – simple to measure or the more complicated the basic width and length is sufficient.

 

 

Providing this information will ensure that you are not left scrounging around for details when chatting to people on quotes. Here you can be confident and assured of accurate pricing.

 

Here’s looking to making you another covered customer!

 

 

 

Boat Preservation!

Imagine standing outside exposed for 1 full day – taking on weather elements as they come. No protection just you and the clothes on your back.

What would you look like? How long would you last without protection?

Let’s take a look at what you could experience:

A sudden burst of rain pouring down from the heavens, soaking to the core – fun on a hot summer days :) but a real freeze in winter :( The perfect ecosystem created to house moss and fungus in the dam of your clothes and maybe even a few mushrooms in your shoes.

 What about a little bit of dust, settling on your shoulder, just enough to bring out the hay fever in you. Even the finest layer can cause  a major damper on anyone’s colour scheme. You trade in clean and new for rustic and coated.

Let us not forget the prevailing wind that appears out of nowhere to blow your hair back and around. A tornado of leaves swirl around your feet, slapping at legs – an naturally painful exfoliater… real romantic story… 

Feeling uncomfortable yet?

 Well don’t take your shirt off in case of a hail storm. The little red marks that remain from a hail encounter are not pleasant.  Imagine a million paint balls falling from the sky with vicious velocity awaiting a helpless target (yes…You!). Unprotected you try dodge them – virtually impossible.

 Finally the onslaught ends with a break of sunshine – yes the end in near! The bright sun dries up all the rain leaving you feeling hopeful. Unfortunately the hot sun has no limit to the temperatures it will go to pity a poor soul subjected to its harmful rays. You skin begins hardened by the dust left behind, causing cracks in your face, legs and arms. You feel the stretch of your flesh as the heat expands your body, shades of red appear and little heat weaves radiate and you can barely hold off any longer….

Why would anyone want to subject themselves to this, especially when protective items are available? : hat / umbrella / suntan lotion / water ensuring your complete outdoor protection!

Why then do we abandon and neglect our boats, jet ski, outboard motors golf carts, jacuzzi to fend the harmful weather conditions by themselves. Unable to provide their own protection they look to us to ensure they are kept in good nick, to give us the life enjoyment we paid for! 

Our weather conditions exposure of marine and auto vehicles to disintegration:         coatings peal, dust eats away at upholstery, fungus takes residence in the carpeting, glue comes unstuck, rubber begins to warps, scratches appear on glossy coatings and fading occurs.

SOLUTION! Invest in a boat cover, engine cover, canopy, tonneau cover – something that will take the punishment, something affordable, something that is made to guard against and with stand the elements that come your way!

Boat Cover protection – its the only way!

 

GOING GREEN…

Spearfishermen have their camo wetsuits, hunters their full bush suits, the bush guides have their kaki tac…what could we offer the eco-friendly boater?…

With the increased drive to supporting the environment we have decide to blend in, to assist you with creating as little disturbance to nature as you possibly can. 

 

Our selection of earth colours in the marine range enable the avid bass fisherman, off-road wheeler and bush lover to be at one with their environment.

 

 

 

 

 

We manufacture camo designed canopies, bush green tarps, covers and awnings ensuring you are hidden amongst foliage. Be green even at home with forest green blinds / boat covers /braai covers and furniture covers.

I know many golfing and housing estates require natural looking covers, we can provide you with our “go for green” golf cart dust and storage cover.

Hassle free and colour compliant!

 

 

 

Food for thought…finding the Best Boat

Even if you have had years of boating experience, finding the best boat can still be a tiring task. Whether you are looking for fishing boats or yachts for sale, there are still some basic things you need to look out for.

Among the several kinds of boats for sale, you have to choose one that fits your needs the best.  Figure out what is the most important aspect of boating for you:

  • Will you use it as a fishing boat or a cruising boat?
  • Do I have space to house a boat? If not, where will it be stored?
  • How many people should your boat be able to carry?
  • How often will you be boating?
  • What performance are you looking for?
  • What enjoyment  are you wanting out of your boat?
  • What aspects are important to you? Easy to tow? Fuel Efficient? No fuss enjoyment?
  • What is my budget?
  • Should I look at a payment scheme?
  • Do I have finance for a new boat? Should I look at a previously owned boat?

These are examples of questions you may ask yourself when looking out for the perfect boat.  Keep in mind the added maintenance and operation costs that the boat may have. E.g. Annual SAMSA membership, buoyancy certificate, skipper’s license, Wild Card renewal.

In South Africa we are really spoiled for choice imported versus locally made boats as well as a variety of designs, colours and ranges:  fishing boats, power boats, jet skis, sailboats, personal boats, and self powered boats. Visit your local boat trader to acquaint yourself with the types of boats available.

Fishing boats have several variations, mostly because they are used in different types of water: freshwater and saltwater.  Each water type has different safety requirements, rules and expectations that need to be met, do some research and find out what you need to adhere to. With regards to the types of fishing boat you want, consider which water type you be spending all if not most of your time in? Some are designed for shallow freshwater fishing while others for deep ocean fishing.  What AMP’s will you need? T-top? Rod & reels holders? Sneaker motor? Fully Enclosed canopy? Cowl Cover? Fish Finder? Your basic all-purpose fishing boat can be made of fiberglass, wood, or aluminium suited for catching certain species of fish like bass.

The power boat category  also has varied choices for you: run-about (skiing boat), jet boats, semi-rigid (rubber duck),  or even inflatable dinghies that are easily transportable.  These are a few styles: bow rider, inboard  / outboard ,swim platform, wakeboard, closed nose, centre console or conventional . Put some extras on and personalise you craft with AMP’s: Ski pole / Mini wing or Monster tower? Canopy – flying or sport style? Sound system? Night lights?If you are looking to rather cruise around the water and enjoy a little more luxury and less tempo but plenty of power under the bow you could look across at the cruise liners, cabin boats and motor yachts. Here you can indulge in the  smorgasbord of trims, finishes and accessories tailored to your to your desire.

So now lets talk about the power! Depending on the boat you have a choice in this regard: Mercury / Mariner, Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki and Evinrude.  The dealer you visit will be an accredit supplier of one or more of these brands. Test them out if your not sure, ask around and get advice. Remember depending on your boating application you might need to look at a different propeller and well as the type.

Whether you buy a fishing boat, sailboat, or power boat, the financing and purchase agreements you go through will be very similar for all kinds of boats for sale. Make sure that your purchasing contract allows you to get your money back or replace the boat if it is not performing as promised. Get all warranties in writing in order to make the most out of your boat purchase.  Always ensure you protected and read the fine print!

Visit your marine supplies store or local boat dealer to view what’s on offer, find out about boat show days, boat tests, accessories and any other boating information you may require. Look to finding a dealer Be sure to find a marine supplier with gracious and informed staff so that your trip will not be a waste. Ask your boating friends for recommendations.

Happy looking!

Come back and let me know how it went. Did this help?

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CHOICES! CHOICES! – How to choose the right boat cover

So you have finally saved up enough to reach for your dream boat…carefully selected the type, colour and extras you desired. You go to choose a boat cover; this seemingly unimportant item, in the overall deal, is really the final touch to the overall package and protection for your investment.


 

What does FAST SAILS have to offer?

 

The type of environment your boat is kept in plays a vital role in the selection of a cover. Here are the descriptions of each cover we offer to assist you in making the right decision:

  • Storage cover / Night Frill – 400grm PVC, fully waterproof, storage only for dust protection.
  • HD cover – 550grm PVC, fully waterproof, storage and towing capabilities, long life span, durable, value for money, well-liked cover
  • Easy Rinse cover – Available on request!
  • Fire Retardant cover  – Life boats, sea safety gear protection
  • Ultra Lite cover – Polyester, UV protected, silicon coating for anti-fungal / mildew, self-repair (nicks / small holes), water-resistant
  • Premier cover – Imported marine canvas: Cleangard treated – rot proof, water resistant, anti staining, maximum water repellency, Sunacryl high colour retention.

We offer you a range of colours within each material product. Certain PVC colours do have a longer life expectancy due to their ability to block the sun’s radiation waves. Our most popular colours are Dove Grey and Dark Blue.

We are able to supply covers in high visibility colours for ski boats, runabouts and jet skis. These colours are also used for ski flags, T-Tops, warning flags, fire hydrant bags and any emergency equipment. When choosing a colour we suggest considering your upholstery, surroundings and overall feel you would like your boat to have. Otherwise a neutral cover is always a winner.

Once decided, you can be assured that our cover protects the pride and joy of a machine which generates fond memories: family fun days, fishing adventures, cruises at sunset and some extreme boating!