How to Build Your Own Boat Canopy

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How to Build Your Own Boat Canopy
Protect your boat off season with a boat canopy. (boat and boat houses image by Inger Anne Hulbækdal from

It can be difficult to find proper storage for your boat after taking it out of the water for the season. Renting storage space and building a permanent garage can be expensive. Build your own boat canopy for an alternate storage option. A canopy can protect your boat from both rain and snow, as well as provide shelter for other seasonal items such as firewood and lawnmowers. Use your boat canopy season after season when treated with UV and anti-fungal protection.

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Things you need

  • Connector fittings
  • Frame tubing
  • Poly tarp canopy
  • Bungee cords
  • Stakes

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  1. 1

    Group together the connector fittings and tubing that you need for the top frame. Set aside the support legs.

  2. 2

    Slide the top frame together. Face the washers on the connector fittings toward the inside of the frame. Connect the fittings so the straight side is parallel to the ground and the curved side goes both to the frame leg and structure peak.

  3. 3

    Put the poly tarp over the canopy frame. Attach bungee cords from the tarp to the frame to hold in place.

  4. 4

    Lift up one side of the roof frame. Insert the frame legs. Repeat for the other side.

  5. 5

    Secure the frame to the ground with stakes.

Tips and warnings

  • The boat canopy is not made to withstand heavy winds.

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