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There are many boat covers on the market made of a variety of materials. These materials are usually designed to keep your boat protected from harsh elements when being stored. However, don't be tempted to use these typical boat covers to store your boat outdoors in the winter. Buy a large tarp and use that as an additional cover on your boat. Tarps are a relatively inexpensive way to add protection for your boat during the off-season. To get the most of this storage technique, construct an A-frame to hang the tarp on. You can use one piece of wood running down the center of the boat, held up at both ends by poles. This tarp construction placed over your usual boat cover will give your boat much more protection against the elements.