If you have an open bow boat, you may be in need of a bow cover, to simply cover the bow of the boat. This could also be called a tonneau cover (pronounced like "to know"). A "tonneau" is an open seating compartment, allbeit originally for an automobile, but also aptly describes the function of an open bow, hence the alternative name of tonneau cover.
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Bow Cover Use
Using snaps attached to the fiberglass around the perimeter of the boat's bow, the bow cover simply snaps into place for a tight, drum-like fit to keep rain, snow, leaves and anything else, out of the bow of your boat. The sleek look of a bow cover protects your interior, doesn't take as long to put on as a full mooring cover, and gives your boat a sharp factory look, especially when coupled with a cockpit cover of matching color and canvas. Use it when you need light protection, but it is not recommended as your only cover for off-season storage when your boat is outside under the elements.
Tonneau Cover Bow Cover
You won't find a bow cover at your local marine retail store or even at a boat dealer. Because the bow dimensions will vary with every boat model and year, a bow cover (tonneau cover) needs to be a custom fit.
Bow Cover Parts
A Bow Cover is a very simple cover, made of up just canvas and snaps. The fabrics and colors available for Great Lakes Boat Top factory replacement bow covers vary by boat make and model. The marine fabrics used for are originally selected by the boat manufacturer from Sunbrella®, Stamoid™ and SeaMark™.
Bow Cover Fit
A boat manufacturer will often offer a bow cover as part of an original equipment or factory canvas program for its open bow boat models. Great Lakes Boat Top has partnered with almost 30 boat manufacturers over their 50 year history (and still today) to make tonneau covers and dozens of other boat covers, tops and enclosures. Because we design them through a partnership with the boat manufacturer, every curve is counted and every option included. If we made a bow cover for your boat at the request of the manufacturer, we have the pattern to make that exact same, exact matching, exact fitting bow cover for you. Guaranteed.
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