After a long, cold winter, the thought of boating brings summer memories to mind – whether it's those unforgettable sunsets, feeling the wind in your hair, or weekends spent with your favorite people out on the water. But, in reality, it takes a whole lot of maintenance and cleaning to get there. Between de-winterizing, replacing impellers, and a whole lot of Marine 31 mildew stain remover, a carefree weekend of boating can seem like a lot of work.
Josh Bremmerer, the CEO of Komodo Covers, says that, on average, weekend boaters spend at least two hours preparing and taking care of their boat every time they use it. "Boating is a passion, but it is extremely laborious," he claims. That is why Komodo Covers was born – its mission is to help people spend more time boating and less time cleaning.
Protect your investment
No matter how much money you spent on your boat, it was likely a significant expense. Leisure boats in the United States can go from $10,000 to $600,000 and more. With that kind of cash on the proverbial table, boat owners have to plan on protecting that investment. Whether their boat is moored on their dock or in storage over the winter, it can suffer severe damage and require costly repairs if the boat is not correctly stored. According to Bremmerer, just replacing the interior of a boat can cost more than one-third of the total cost of the vessel.
But what about boat insurance? While insurance may give a sense of relief to boat owners, there are some exclusions to be aware of. Insurance won't usually cover any repairs or replacements resulting from natural wear and tear. If stored in suboptimal conditions, you could uncover your boat to discover mildew, mold, or even electronics degradation due to high humidity. While some of these issues could be mitigated by a properly fitting cover, the Komodo cover's impervious surface keeps your boat’s environment dry.
Additionally, the Kommander (the control unit of the smart cover) will maintain and alert you of the temperature, humidity, and frame pressure under your cover, allowing you to step in before a problem even has a chance to arise.
How to choose a cover?
Finding the right cover isn't an easy choice. With so many options out there, it's normal to have questions about the aspects you should take into account.
The fabric properties are fundamental. They will determine how long your new cover is going to last, so look at the right combination of breathability and water repellency. But it's not that simple: Conventional covers work by creating the tightest fit possible. This makes them quite challenging to put on your boat correctly, meaning that even the smallest amount of slack in the fabric renders them inefficient. Just an inch too much fabric will cause water to pool.
Covers are manufactured with breathable fabrics treated with durable water repellent (DWR) finish to mitigate the risk of water remaining trapped underneath. However, the problem with DWR finishes is that they degrade after only a few uses and allow water to seep through and into your boat.
With a fully waterproof cover with a rigid airframe, pooling water is a thing of the past. The Komodo Cover approaches moorage in a completely unique way, putting usability, durability, and versatility first. In tandem, the Komodo Kommander lives underneath, continually maintaining the climate under the cover and alerting you if the temperature, humidity, and frame pressure fall out of range. With indoor storage costs ranging from $50 to $200 per foot of boat, and $20 to $50 per foot of boat for outdoor storage, investing in a Komodo Boat Cover will pay off before the end of your first winter.
Designed by boaters, for boaters
CEO Josh Bremmerer has spent time on the water since he was a little kid. Josh was waterskiing behind his grandparents’ 17 foot Apollo waterski boat at the age of three. He strapped on his first wakeboard by seven years old. His family always had boats, and now he lives on the same lake where he first learned to ski, just a few doors down from his grandparents. Boating is simply a family tradition: "Every summer I ever had, I spent on the water, with friends and family, especially my dad. Like four hours a day," says the CEO of Komodo Covers.
The COO of Komodo, Kelly Thees, has also enjoyed early morning boat rides since she was a baby. She grew up in a boating family, and she helped her parents clean and cover their 1992 Sea Ray whenever they went on trips. Kelly also started waterskiing at a young age, and she was hooked before she started kindergarten.
As a company, Komodo is committed to showing boat owners and their families how
they can make the most of their time on the water. To learn more contact us.