Find the right shelter for you
Step 1. Type of shelter: (tell us about your dock and lake)
Understanding your dock is essential for us to help you select the correct brackets. Manufacturer, size, material? Floating or fixed? Seasonal or year round? Solid or shaky? Our lakebed anchors work wonders for shoring up an aging pier. In fact, if the pier lacks strength to attach our canopy, we can BYPASS the pier and mount directly into the lakebed. You can see all of our brackets under the Bracketing tab in the top menu, and can often tell us what type you might need. Don’t worry; we’ll confirm prior to completing your order and make sure the correct support system is included.
The name of your lake helps us locate you. How deep is it at your shore, and how deep at the end of the pier? Muddy bottom or rocky? How much does the water level raise or lower on a daily/weekly/monthly/yearly basis? Include what information you can to insure you have the best product for your needs.
Step 2. Width of boat:
If you can, provide the make, model, manufacturer, year, length and width of each watercraft you wish to cover. Is there a pulpit on the front and rear where the seating ends, that does not need covering? Any special features like ski towers we should accommodate?
Step 3. Length of boat:
Your length is usually determined by your longest boat. If you’d like to cover a 21′ pontoon, you may go with an 18′ canopy if your seating area leaves room at the bow and stern, or you may want a 24′ if the sun hits at low angles, or your winds bring driving rains. 21′ might be just right.
Step 4. Side door(s) (for Single-sided and U-shaped shelters only):
All of our boat shelters come with front and rear door flaps for wind protection and easy access. If you board your boat from the side, we offer optional door kits for any of the 3′ bays (except the first and last) on Mono-Ports and Slip-Ports. Don’t know your exact door boarding location? Don’t worry; the doors can usually be installed right on the pier, with your boat there for guidance.
Step 5. Color:
Our most popular colors, Forest Green, Royal Blue, and Charcoal are our standards. We make most of our tops in these colors to better control inventory. Green flows nicely with the water and trees, and is a popular choice among those who wish their canopy to “melt away” visually. Blue is bright and nautical, and matches many boats and accessories. Charcoal blends well with many piers and lake homes. The Level 2 upgrades ($300) shown below are our next most popular, and can be made more quickly from material we stock. Level 3 colors ($500) are custom and require our purchasing full rolls of material to fabricate. Shelter Colors
Step 7. Installation option:
Our systems have been designed to install simply, with minimal tools. We like to think of ourselves as the IKEA of the waterfront; modular pieces that install easily from very clear visual instructions. And we’re always available to help, day or night. If you don’t have time or desire, no worries; we offer “white glove” installation straight from our factory or our dealer locations all around the US and Canada.