Pontoons are a great way to enjoy getting out onto the water. And to keep yours in the best possible condition, considering investing in a pontoon cover. They’re available in a wide range of sizes, fabrics and styles.
But if you’re not sure which one is right for your boat, never fear! We’re here to help.
Read on to check out our reviews of eight of the best pontoon boat covers on the market right now. And when you’ve finished, you’ll have everything you need to make the perfect choice.
The EliteShield range of covers is available in a choice of three different colors – blue, navy and gray. They’re all nautical shades that will look great in the dock. But we have heard of some cases where the color has run or faded after being exposed to the elements.
There are three different sizes. The smallest will fit pontoons between 17 and 20 feet long. The next size up is suitable for boats between 21 and 24 feet. And the largest will work for those between 25 and 28 feet.
Note that the measurement here is the length of a straight line from bow to stern.
You’ll need to check your beam measurement too. The smallest cover will fit beams up to 96 inches. The medium and large will fit beams up to 102 inches.
If your boat is between sizes, go for the larger option. We’ve heard a few complaints that the cover isn’t large enough, even for measurements within the stated range.
The fabric is 600 denier polyester, so it’s tough. It won’t degrade if exposed to saltwater, and it’s robust enough to be used on trailers. The seams are double stitched with rotproof thread, and they’re interlocked for extra strength and to avoid leaks.
The sections covering the bow and stern are reinforced. And the bottom hem of the cover is elasticated to fit snugly against your boat.
Webbing hook and loop straps allow you to attach the cover securely to your boat and trailer. Eight webbing straps go over the main section of the boat, with two more each at the bow and stern. All the straps have quick release buckles to make the job easier.
Heavy duty 600 denier polyester construction
Elasticated bottom seam for a snug fit
Plenty of straps with quick release buckles to keep it secure
The color can fade or run over time
The fit can vary depending on the shape of your boat – if in doubt, go up a size.
King Bird’s smart pontoon cover is available in either royal blue or dark gray. Both colors feature the King Bird logo at one end.
The cover is made of robust 600 denier Oxford fabric coated in polyurethane. All the seams are double stitched, with an additional waterproof strip sitting behind them. And the dye is color-fast and fade-resistant. The color achieves a grading of 4.5 against a maximum 5 on the fastness scale.
Two air vents help prevent condensation building up and resist the growth of mold and mildew. It’s still recommended for use with a support pole, though, to prevent water pooling. It comes with a 2-year warranty.
It has some stretch, but it won’t tear. Four adjustable straps along the elasticated hem allow for fastening around the hull. There are two longer Oxford straps that are attached separately for extra security. And the package includes a carrying bag that doubles as a matching motor cover.
It comes in three sizes. The smallest will fit a pontoon between 17 and 20 feet long and with a beam of up to 102 inches. The medium fits a boat between 21 and 24 feet and with a beam up to 104 inches. And the largest is for boats between 25 and 28 feet, with the same 104-inch maximum beam.
Waterproof and fade-resistant
Air vents to help prevent condensation building up
Comes with a carrying bag that doubles as a matching motor cover
Still best used with a support pole to prevent water pooling.
This cover from RVMasking is available in two sizes. The smaller will fit a pontoon between 17 and 20 feet long, and the larger between 21 and 24 feet long. In both cases, the beam must be up to 102 inches.
Note that if your boat’s measurements are close to the maximum, you may find the cover doesn’t fit. And it won’t be large enough to accommodate a bimini, even in the stowed position.
The fabric here is exceptionally strong – 800 denier in three layers. It has a waterproof and anti-fade coating. It’s water-resistant up to 2000 millimeters, but will still benefit from being used with a support pole.
There are vents at the sides to keep the air circulating too. That will prevent condensation building up beneath the cover.
All the seams are double stitched, and the bottom seam is elasticated for a semi-custom fit. And you’ll also get a carry bag made from the same material. That can be used as a motor cover if needed.
Also included are 12 adjustable straps with quick release buckles. These are separate, rather than being stitched in place. And they’re long enough to fit around the main section of the pontoon.
Exceptionally robust 800 denier fabric
Water resistant up to 2000 millimeters
Features vents to avoid condensation
If your boat is close to the maximum measurements, the cover may not fit – move up a size if possible
Not large enough to cover a bimini, even when stowed.
This cover from Pyle will fit boats with a beam of up to 96 inches, and between 25 and 28 feet long. It’s available in a single color, but it’s a smart gray that will look good anywhere.
It’s made from high-strength polyester with a marine grade coating. That means it will cope with pretty much anything the weather throws at it. And you won’t have to worry about mold or mildew.
There’s an elastic cord sewn into the bottom hem to improve the fit. And there’s an adjustable flap so it will fit neatly over the transom.
Tough non-scratch D-rings are attached to the cover. These allow you to run the cords through the rings, securing the cover tightly to your boat and trailer.
Note, though, that the cords are thinner than the straps you get with some other covers. And you’ll need to tie them in place, as there are no buckles. These might be reasonable compromises, though, for one of the least expensive covers on our list.
Everything comes stored in a neat carry bag made of the same polyester fabric.
Marine coating to resist water, mold and mildew
Comes in a matching carry bag
The cords included here aren’t particularly thick
There are no buckles – you’ll need to tie the cords.
The iCover comes in a choice of smart gray, classic black or marine blue.
You can choose between three different sizes too. The smallest will suit boats between 17 and 20 feet long. The medium cover will fit those between 21 and 24 feet. And the large is for boats between 25 and 28 feet. In all cases, the maximum beam width is 102 inches.
The marine grade polyester construction means it’s waterproof and resistant to mildew and mold. The bottom seam is elasticated, so it will fit snugly against your boat. And the fabric is reinforced at the points where it’s under most stress – at the bow and stern.
We have, however, heard of a few cases where the fabric appears to have degraded in strong sunlight. If you’re lucky enough to live somewhere that gets lots of sun, this may not be the best choice.
And note that this cover is fine for boats that are moored. But if you’re planning on putting your boat on a trailer, you’ll want something more robust.
MSC’s pontoon cover is one of the least expensive on our list. But that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice features.
It comes in a choice of three sizes, which between them will accommodate boats between 17 and 28 feet long. The smallest will fit a maximum beam width of 102 inches. The other sizes have a maximum 104-inch width.
There are three colors – Pacific blue, beige and gray. We have heard of some issues with fading, so bear that in mind if you’re somewhere that gets strong sunshine.
The fabric is marine grade 300 denier polyester canvas, so it’s not as thick as some. But it’s double coated in polyurethane to keep out the water. And it comes with 12 strong adjustable straps, each with a quick release buckle.
The bottom seam is elasticated for a snug fit. Everything comes packed into a matching storage bag. And it all comes with a 1-year warranty.
The canvas is double coated in polyurethane to keep out water
Comes with 12 strong straps, each with a quick release buckle
Transhield’s cover is made of its own patented 7-mil fabric. This uses three layers to provide waterproof protection whilst also wicking away moisture from inside the cover. Vents keep the air circulating too, helping to avoid condensation building up.
There’s no elastic around the bottom of this one. Instead, an adjustable strap is sewn in, allowing you to tighten it to the edges of your boat. Multiple loops allow you to tie down the cover for a secure fit. If you want to, you can also shrink the material when it’s in place, giving a perfect fit.
There are five different sizes here, and unlike most covers, the size is specific to one length. The smallest cover is suitable for 18-foot boats, while the largest works for 26-footers.
This is a great pontoon cover, and it’s tough enough to cope with being put on a trailer. It comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee, and a 1-year warranty. Note, though, that the warranty only applies before the cover is used!
The other downside with this one is the price. It’s about twice as much as similar sized covers from other manufacturers.
Patented 7-mil weatherproof fabric
Soft lining and vents to wick away moisture and keep the air circulating