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4 Best Pontoon Boat Covers Reviewed and Compared

It makes me physically ill when I drive around town and see so many pontoon boats uncovered in storage. Boats are expensive, and leaving them uncovered means the furniture and other parts of the boat will wear out 10x faster.

But I understand why so many boats are left uncovered—it’s a pain in the neck to put the cover on. I find that I put the cover on much more frequently if it’s easy to put on.

Frankly, I prefer aftermarket covers to the custom-fitted cover that came with my boat. The snaps on the custom cover take forever to put on.

If you go to a canvas shop and get a custom snap-on canvas cover, which matches the one that came with your boat, it’ll likely cost around $1,500. At least that’s what I was quoted.

You can get one for far less on Amazon and they’re faster to put on with ties (instead of snapping all around the boat).

The other problem with the custom snap-on kind? The snaps don’t fit the same in the winter as the summer. During half of the year, I can’t even get my snaps to align.

One Quick Tip for Buying a Pontoon Boat Cover

Don’t be afraid to buy a cover that’s a little bigger than you need.

The pontoon boat covers I recommend below all fit standard pontoon boats in their universal size. So don’t worry if the cover says it fits up to a 24-foot boat and your boat is 19-foot to 21-foot, for example. A longer pontoon boat cover means it often covers the top of the outboard, and also the front of the deck as well.

So don’t worry about getting one that’s a little too big.

The Best 5 Pontoon Boat Covers

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Yescom 600D Oxford Blue 21-24ft Pontoon Boat Cover
Vortex New Grey 28 FT Ultra 5 Year Canvas Pontoon/Deck Boat Cover, Elastic,...
North East Harbor Heavy Duty Waterproof Gray Pontoon Cover Fits Length 20' 21'...
Universal Boat Adjustable Storage Cover - 25'-28'L to 96” Pontoon Boats...
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Yescom 600D Oxford Blue 21-24ft Pontoon Boat Cover
Vortex New Grey 28 FT Ultra 5 Year Canvas Pontoon/Deck Boat Cover, Elastic,...
North East Harbor Heavy Duty Waterproof Gray Pontoon Cover Fits Length 20' 21'...
Universal Boat Adjustable Storage Cover - 25'-28'L to 96” Pontoon Boats...
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Yescom 600D Oxford Blue 21-24ft Pontoon Boat Cover
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Yescom 600D Oxford Blue 21-24ft Pontoon Boat Cover
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Vortex New Grey 28 FT Ultra 5 Year Canvas Pontoon/Deck Boat Cover, Elastic,...
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Vortex New Grey 28 FT Ultra 5 Year Canvas Pontoon/Deck Boat Cover, Elastic,...
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North East Harbor Heavy Duty Waterproof Gray Pontoon Cover Fits Length 20' 21'...
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North East Harbor Heavy Duty Waterproof Gray Pontoon Cover Fits Length 20' 21'...
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Universal Boat Adjustable Storage Cover - 25'-28'L to 96” Pontoon Boats...
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Universal Boat Adjustable Storage Cover - 25'-28'L to 96” Pontoon Boats...
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This is definitely my favorite cover for a pontoon boat. Click the image to buy on Amazon

My Top Pick: Yescom Pontoon Boat Cover

This is the pontoon boat cover I bought for my boat and it’s great!

There are a lot of reasons to choose this cover as my favorite. The material is really high quality (600d) and has a very water resistant PU coating, which makes the cover last a lot longer. The stitching is also doubled so it’s a lot less likely to see seams coming up at the edges.

Without a doubt, my favorite feature about this cover is that it has an elastic all the way around it and buckle straps to go over the top. That makes it a breeze to connect up around the boat! I’d guess it takes half the time to put on this cover than the cover that came with my pontoon boat, which makes this a very good choice if you’ll be mooring your boat.

My only complaint with this system is that it could use a few more straps. I think it’d do fine in a windstorm, but I’m a belt and suspenders kinda guy.

The boat cover comes in a nice bag, but I never really use the bag. I just dump the cover in the garage while the boat is out and then put it on as soon as I return home with the boat. But it’s nice to have.

This cover is available for pontoons under 20-foot (check price on Amazon) and longer than 20-foot (check price on Amazon).

#2: New Vortex Pontoon Boat Cover

The New Vortex Pontoon Boat Cover is another good option. It’s made of similar 600D water resistant fabric, but it seems like the stitching isn’t quite as sturdy. Several reviewers of this cover have mentioned that the seams ripped in short order, but others seem happy with it.

The New Vortex cover also has elastic and straps like the Yescom cover, which makes it quite appealing, but it’s also a lot more expensive.

My complaint about the New Vortex cover is that it doesn’t come down nearly as far on the boat, so it offers less protection to the sides of the pontoon boat.

#3: North East Harbor Pontoon Boat Cover

This one seems very similar to the New Vortex Cover. The fabric is again a 600-denier waterproof material with elastic around the edges and straps.

One nice feature of the North East Harbor is that it has several more straps to secure to the boat. The straps can go under the boat entirely or just under the pontoons.

However, durability again seems to plague this cover. Some people like it but many complain of ripped seams.

#4: Pyle Armor Shield Pontoon Boat Cover

One of the nice things about the Pyle Cover is that it comes in a variety of sizes to fit your boat, but remember that I usually recommend getting one that says it fits a boat a little longer than your boat actually is.

Putting the cover on seems to be a bit slower than with the other covers in this list, but I would say this cover gives the most “custom fit look” to the cover when on the boat since everything fits a bit more snug.

Another benefit of this pontoon boat cover is that it has an extra flap at the back for the engine.

But again, the plague of this cover is complaints of ripped seams.

One Last Tip

Do not keep the cover on your boat while trailering! I’ve read many stories from other pontoon boat captains who kept the cover on and didn’t notice a little corner flapping in the wind while they drove. When they arrived, the cover was torn and the paint was worn off the boat in that spot from being slapped by the fabric at 60mph for a few hours.

Keep the cover off while driving. Keep the cover on when not in use.

Comments

  1. If you get a very heavy rain, will water pool on the cover? I am worried about the extra weight on the boat from water that cannot run off.
    Thanks

  2. can use these covers when the boat is on the water (parked at your dock) or are they used just for storage. Seems they would be difficult to use when your boat is docked My old cover had snaps

  3. Do any of these covers work in the water? My boat stays in the water all season, therefore the straps are useless. The Yescom cover is meant to be used while on a trailer, it clearly covers the winch. I am having a very difficult time finding a cover that is for a boat that’s moored to a dock full time. I think it’s very strange that all the pontoon boat covers I find on the internet are for boats that are stored on trailers.

  4. Some pontoon owners that leave their boats parked on the water at the dock use gallon size plastic jugs with water or sand in them to weigh the cover down.
    Tie them with braided poly cord with loops fashioned to each end.
    It’s not perfect and will not stand up to severe weather.
    With the same problem, I’m parting with the thousand bucks to have a custom cover with snaps made.

  5. All the pontoons near us
    have fitted playpen covers, and no, none of us need to use gallons of water or sand to hold the cover. They snap around the playpen and have 5 poles inside that keep water from pooling.

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