IF YOUR CANOE PATTERN IS NOT LISTED IN THE DROP-DOWN OPTIONS, DON'T WORRY! While we have many patterns for many canoes, there are always many more that we don't have. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (906) 451-4539 and we'll send you a measurement guide so that we can make a custom-fit cover for your boat.
Bag Lady premium, double-knit polyester canoe covers have been the standard for over 42 years and have protected the life and appearance of thousands of canoes in that time.
Bag Lady covers protect the hull of your canoe from UV damage, fading, bugs, scratches, stone chips, and more when you're transporting or storing your canoe.
Previous owners attest to the benefits of protecting their canoes with the one and only Bag Lady canoe covers, reporting:
- Less darkening and aging of Kevlar
- Less blushing, milking, and yellowing of epoxy
- Less oxidation and fading of fiberglass gelcoat
- Less fading of Royalex
- Less wear on wood canvas and cedar strip boats
- Less required maintenance
- Higher resale values
Bag Lady canoe covers are unequaled in durability and workmanship, offering a unique closure system, an impeccable fit, and top quality, Made-In-The-USA fabrics to protect your canoe. They are all made in our family sewing loft in Skandia, Michigan.
Bag Lady canoe covers are ONLY available direct from the Bag Lady through RedLeaf Designs. Beware of imitations and look for the Bag Lady logo on your canoe cover!
Bow-first or Stern-first?
Bow-first covers are our most popular option, but if you carry your boat backward (stern-first) on your car, we recommend getting a stern-first cover. A stern-first cover is sewn in reverse, enclosing stern of the boat rather than the bow so that it faces into the wind properly while driving.
Our most popular and budget-minded fabric is a durable, stretch polyester double-knit. It's long-wearing and great for general protection from UV damage, road dirt, bugs, strap-rub, etc. This is the fabric that you probably have in mind when you think of a Bag Lady canoe cover.
Note that polyester is not waterproof or water-resistant. This isn't a problem for most Royalex, fiberglass, carbon, or Kevlar boats since the fabric breathes very well and dries quickly: water won't damage most canoes.
However, you may want to consider WeatherMAX 3D fabric if you have a wood-canvas canoe, oiled wood gunwales or trim, or store your boat outdoors in places with lots of sun or harsh winters.
Polyester also fades quickly in the sun, but we still think it's a great material for a cover. We use a premium polyester fabric that's thick and will give you many, many years of service even though the outside of the fabric will fade.
Why WeatherMax 3D?
WeatherMax 3D is a premium outdoor fabric that offers the same, form-fitting stretch and exceptional fit of polyester, with a number of additional benefits:
- Water-resistant and breathable
- Blocks 99% of UV light for long-term UV resistance
- Exceptionally color-fade resistant
- HydroMax finish for dirt and mildew resistance
- 100% pigment solution-dyed SaturaMax fibers
It's the ultimate canoe cover fabric and will protect even the most sensitive wood and canvas and oiled wood trim canoes, while still offering the exceptional fit that comes with stretch material.
While our premium polyester has been the mainstay of the Bag Lady canoe covers for the past 40+ years, we think that WeatherMax 3D will change that very quickly.
The additional cost of a WeatherMax 3D cover is well worth the investment if you want the best possible protection or your canoe is stored outdoors.
Multi-color Polyester Covers
Premium polyester fabric is available in a limited range of colors which can be combined in a multi-color cover. Each color change on a cover is a "panel" and each additional panel is $15 for the labor involved in laying out, cutting, and sewing the panels together.
For example, a cover with a navy blue bow, a white stripe 4 feet back, and navy blue for the rest of the cover, like the Northstar Polaris cover shown below, is a three-panel cover.
This Wenonah V1 Pro cover is a seven-panel design (navy at the bow, a maroon stripe, navy, a maroon stripe, navy, another maroon stripe, and navy at the stern).
The base price for a canoe cover is $190 in premium polyester or $310 in WeatherMax 3D. Covers may cost more for canoes longer than 18'6", with hull measurements larger than 54", with recurved sterns requiring a special closure, or with other special design requests, including stern-first construction and multi-color covers.
Bag Lady canoe covers are made-to-order. In the winter, we're often able to begin working on your cover within a day or two and ship it within a week. During the busy spring and summer paddling seasons, we're often running a month or so out on orders.
Check the home page for our current lead time, as well as any in-stock covers that are immediately available.