No Snaps, No Hassle, No Kidding

Published in the August 2009 Issue Published online: Aug 25, 2009 John Highfield
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Who absolutely hates snapping their mooring cover on their pontoon boat? Doesn't everyone? Regardless of how long you've been boating, chances are good you cringe at the end of the weekend, knowing your cover is under your seat-just waiting to make you miserable yet again. Well, me too.

There are a lot of people out there who have "I hate my cover" syndrome. In fact, I've known people who would put their boat in the water, but would only use it when they have company two or three times a year. Why? Because they didn't want to put their cover back on by themselves.

I personally had a case of "cover-itis" after I bought my first pontoon boat. I remember the first day my boat was delivered. We went out on the lake and at the end of the day I just sat there and looked at it with a big smile on my face. I said to myself, "Yep, this is me." I covered that boat faithfully for the next two years and although my love affair with my boat stayed the same, I noticed my feelings about my cover quickly changed. I'd look at my boat and say "Dr. Jekyll." Then I'd look at that mooring cover and say "Mr. Hyde."

In Dog Years

After the first two years I refused to put the cover on, and in fact I never did again. I'm sure you can guess what the interior looked like after three years. My pontoon looked like it was living in dog years. For every one year that went by it looked like it aged seven. The sun faded all the colors, the seats had those black mold spots all over them and there were always leaves and pine needles all over the floor.

Inviting company over for a boat ride used to be fun, but now it was just embarrassing. I looked around and all my neighbors were going through the same thing in one form or another. I remember one neighbor came over and commented that it's too bad they don't have a cover that you can just push a button and it goes on. I thought to myself that's a good idea, and that's when The Boat Guard was born.

I came up with an idea for a retractable pontoon boat cover. I sat on my boat for days and days just thinking about how it would work. After I had it all figured out I thought to myself, Who am I? I'm sure these boat manufacturers have rooms filled with engineers working on this very problem, I'm sure they'll come up with something soon. Then I waited. and waited. and waited. Six years went by and I came to the conclusion that maybe no one was working on this problem. That's when I decided to get involved.

After three years spent on the design and prototype, I now have the first fully functioning prototype of The Boat Guard Retractable Pontoon Covering System complete. And I feel the future of pontoon boat covers is finally here. I've taken an extra year with the cover system to do a lot of extensive testing to make sure each part works as it was designed to. As I've told the people on my waiting list, "I'd rather build a good product than a fast one."

How It Works

The Boat Guard is fully motorized and wireless. With a push of a button, the cover system will now open and close on its own and it works like a convertible top on a car. The system uses a wireless push button like the one you use to lock and unlock your car doors, and it's small enough to fit on your key chain too. In fact, the only thing the operator will have to do is pivot the cover system in and out of the storage compartment, which has been made easy due to the inclusion of a proprietary weight counter balance system at the pivot point. What that means is there are a number of gas shocks on either side at the pivot point that are there to do the lifting for you. The pivoting experience is designed to be a weightless effort. After that it's all downhill. You just push the button and your cover installs itself.

Just imagine how much more you would enjoy your boat without a snap cover looming over your head. The Boat Guard extends and retracts in about one minute and all you have to do is stand there and watch while The Boat Guard's patented expanding frame system does all the work for you.

The Boat Guard can be used many times a day with great ease, which will eliminate the procrastination of covering your boat. Pontoon owners will be able to cover their boats after each use instead of struggling to just cover their boats at the end of the weekend, which will keep their boats in better condition. Boats will keep looking new longer, keeping trade in and resale values much higher.

Well Guarded

The Boat Guard provides total protection for a pontoon boat-fully encompassing everything from the deck up. Most playpen or mooring covers attach at the top of the railing, protecting only what's inside your boat. The Boat Guard not only protects the inside, but it also covers the external fencing and graphics too. Plus it covers your bimini top and motor as well. It's total protection and my wife Jennifer loves the fact that every time we open the cover, the boat is always clean. Installing The Boat Guard is a snap and can be done by most people in about a half an hour.

Assembly has two steps. First you slide the storage compartment on and bolt it down and then you install the side rail and that's it.

Installation of the storage compartment is made easy due to a lip around the inside of the unit that rests on the deck. The cover system comes fully assembled inside the storage compartment. This means once you finish installation it's ready to use. The Boat Guard is made from the finest materials possible and should provide pontoon owners with years of trouble-free use.

If you would like more information please visit www.theboatguard.com or we can be contacted through email at theboatguard@sbcglobal.net.

We expect to be in production within the next few months. If you would like to add your name to our list of people who wish to be notified when the product goes into production you can do so by visiting our website.

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