If you have an open bow boat, you may be in need of a tonneau cover (pronounced like "to know"). For those who can't pronounce toneau, just substitute the term "bow cover" and you will be talking about the same piece of boat canvas. A "tonneau" is an open seating compartment, allbeit originally for an automobile, but also aptly describes the function of an open bow, hence the name tonneau cover.
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Tonneau Cover UseUsing snaps attached to the fiberglass around the perimeter of the boat's bow, the tonneau 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 Tonneau 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.
Tonneau Cover PartsA Tonneau 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 tonneau bow covers vary by boat make and model. The marine fabrics used for tonneau covers are originally selected by the boat manufacturer from Sunbrella®, Stamoid™ and SeaMark™.
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Tonneau Cover Fit
A boat manufacturer will often offer a tonneau 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 tonneau cover for your boat at the request of the manufacturer, we have the pattern to make that exact same, exact matching, exact fitting tonneau cover for you. Guaranteed.
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