How to Shrinkwrap Your Boat

March 21st, 2019 by


Owning a boat is not just a luxury— it is also an immense responsibility. As boats are not cheap, boat owners always need to make sure that they take care of their boats to the best of their ability. That includes top-quality maintenance even when your boat is pending for storage.



Benefits of shrink wrapping your boat


There are various ways to prepare your boat for storage. However, perhaps one of the best things you can do for your boat to prepare it for storage is to shrink wrap it beforehand.


Covering your boat during storage is necessary. A top-quality boat cover will safeguard your boat from moisture accumulation and unnecessary damages. Sun damage, vandalism, and other external elements will not be able to harm your boat if you use a boat shrink wrap to protect your seacraft.


If you want to make your boat last longer, consider using a boat shrink wrap now!



Shrink wrapping guide for your boat


If you’re in the process preparing your seacraft for boat storage, you should at least learn about the basics in shrink wrapping. Knowing how to perform do-it-yourself boat shrink wrap can be useful, as it can help you save costs in the long run.


Here are some of the steps you can do to successfully shrink wrap boats:



  • Measure your boat to accurately know the wrap area


The first thing that you should do is to measure the area of your boat before purchasing a shrink wrap. To accurately shrink wrap your boat, you need to cover it entirely. Take your boat out of the water. Start measuring from the top of the boat down to the side of the boat and the rub rails. After you’ve accurately measured your boat, contact a shrink wrap company like Dr. Shrink and purchase the right size shrink wrap film you need.



  • Find an appropriate shrink wrapping location


Before starting the shrink wrap process, you need to find a suitable area for the whole process. A well-ventilated area is required when shrink wrapping a boat. This is because the shrink wrap process releases an abundance of chemicals as it goes.


As much as possible, perform the shrink wrap process during a windless day. Doing so prevents the formation of bubbles and will make the attachment of the shrink film faster and easier.



  • Tape all of your fuel vents


Start preparing your boat by taping all over the fuel vents. Make sure that you locate all vents in order to pull off the shrink wrapping process successfully. The shrink wrap process requires the use of a heat gun. Exposing fuel vapors to a heat source can lead to accidental explosions and other dangerous after effects.



  • Pad the sharp areas of your boat


In order for the shrink wrap to work successfully as a boat cover, you need to make sure that it will cover all areas of your boat. That means that holes and tears should be avoided as much as possible. To prevent shrink wrap film tears, pad any sharp or relatively sharp areas you can think of.



  • Cover your boat with the shrink wrap film


You cannot just cover your boat with a shrink wrap film however you like. To have a well-covered boat, you need to apply the shrink wrap starting from the top of your boat down to the hull. Start from one side, then go to the other.


As much as possible, keep the wrap off the ground and use only 1 shrink wrap film to cover the whole boat. If the shrink wrap film you have cannot cover your entire boat by itself, make sure to merge boat films with a shrink wrap tape and heat it.


If you think you will need to enter your shrink-wrapped boat for any reason at all during boat storage season, you should invest in adding a zipper access door. With the help of zipper doors, you can come in and out of your boat without destroying the shrink wrap film wrapped around your boat.



  • Add belly bands to your boat


Before you start heating the shrink wrap, you need to make sure that it covers your boat as tight as possible. To do so, apply belly bands around your boat. These belly bands will ensure that the seal of the shrink wrap film on your boat is tight and perfectly fitted.



  • Start heating your boat with a heat gun


Now, you may start heating your boat with your trusty heat tool. Unlike the shrink wrap film application, you should begin from the bottom of your boat and work your way up and down until you cover the whole boat area. When heating the top part of your boat, make sure that any sharp area does not have a tear or accidental protrusion.


  • Check the whole boat for tears


Once you’re done shrink wrapping your whole boat, check it again from top to bottom to make sure that no holes were created during the heating process. If you do find any holes, repair it immediately with the use of a shrink wrap tape.



  • Wait until the shrink wrap cools down


It may take some time before the shrink wrap completely cools down. Before you leave your seacraft for long-term boat storage, make sure that the shrink wrap cools down first. As the shrink wrap material is flammable, you should keep your eye on it before leaving it unattended.


Once you can tell that the shrink wrap has cooled down, perform another full boat check again to check for tears and you are good to go.


Shrink wrapping your boat is necessary if you want top-quality boat storage preparation process. Make sure that you perform the shrink wrapping process accurately in order to maximize the protection it provides!



Shrink wrap your boat now with Westshore Marine and Leisure


Are you interested in shrink wrapping your boat before storage? Follow the steps above and see how well you can protect your boat!


If you want to shrink wrap your boat but are unsure if you can pull it off yourself, there’s always the alternative of letting professionals do the work for you. Contact Westshore Marine and Leisure now if you want assistance in shrink wrapping your boat before storage. What are you waiting for? Reach out to us now to know more!