Support & Help

Below are responses to the most frequently asked questions. If you cannot find the answer to your question please use the contact form below and we will get back to you within 48 hours.

Can I operate my outboard with a vented Splash® Cover on?

In short – YES

We supply our Splash® covers to BRP, Mercury/Mariner, Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha. We have been making them since 2000 and have over 150,000 in use all over the World.
Made to model specific patterns they are designed to fit like a skin whilst air vents in the cover allow the motor to operate without any change in performance.

In tests (175 Optimax in 40 degrees) we recorded a 1 degree drop in engine oil temperature compared to running without a cover in the same conditions.

For information on our fabric and customisation see FAQ’s below.

For more information please see our Splash® cover page.

Can I tow my boat at speed with a Full cover?

Yes – our Full covers are made to model specific patterns as our Splash® covers. This means that they fit perfectly and do not flap and flog when the boat is being towed.

All Full covers also include a leg strap that pulls the cover tight and reduces the air flowing into the leg section.

We offer a number of optional extras that make towing safer and the cover even more protective. See the ‘optional extras‘  menu for details.

Can I tow my boat at speed with a Splash® cover?

Yes – as with our Full covers you can leave the Splash® covers on during towing.

All OCA vented Splash® covers have a safety strap included that we recommend is used once the cover is on. This is a Velcro strap in the front of the cover that we recommend is attached to the motor. Full details are included in the fitting instructions supplied with every cover.

We cannot guarantee that the Splash covers will not blow off when towing. Please use the supplied safety straps.

Availability & Delivery Time
Availablity:-

All our covers are made to order, we have over 850 patterns and 9 fabric color options so holding stock is not possible.

Delivery Time:-
We manufacture all orders in ‘date received’ order. You will have received an email confirming your order, this will contain delivery time scales. General lead times are detailed HERE->

Our system sends automated emails as your order progresses through our system, these are as follows:-

  1. Confirmation – We have received the order, automated.
  2. Processing – Your payment will be processed and order passed for production. If you are paying by another method you will receive this e-mail once funds have been received and/or cleared.
  3. Completed – Your order has been completed and is ready to be shipped or picked up. This is the day it actually leaves our factory.
Does the cover fabric breathe?

Yes – we use a fabric called Polysoft® and Polysoft II®, this is 95% waterproof and 5% breathable, it is also breathable, UV resistant and protected against mould.

For more details about Polysoft® click HERE->

Does the fabric fade?

Our covers and fabric have been tested and used in some of the most extreme conditions from the cold of Iceland to the extreme heat of Australia. Under these conditions the materials we use performed perfectly and provided the required protection.

All OCA covers carry ourunique 3/5 warranty. Click HERE-> for more.

Will the covers scratch my motor?

No – our fabric has a non-abrasive polyester backing. As well as this we put a protective layer between all zips and tie downs for the zip toggles.

Click HERE-> for fabric details

What colours are available?

We currently offer 9 standard colours and a camouflage option.

Colours can be mixed (maximum 2), for full details please see the colours page by clicking HERE->

Can the covers be printed?

Yes – we offer both black & white and full color printing on all our covers.

All you need to do is supply the text and font or a high resolution PDF or EPS file and we will do the rest. For full details click HERE->

We also print the manufacturers branding, this is subject to approval and is region specific. The print section of our interactive order pages will show you if we can offer this in your Country.

What is 'Trim & Tilt'?

Trim and Tilt (power trim) is the method for altering the angle of your outboard.

On portable motors this is manual, on the larger ones it is power driven.

The image below shows examples od where the buttons are on a throttle and the motor itself. Most power operated versions have both.

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What if I have a Hydrofoil on my motor?

If you have fitted a fin or Hydrofoil to the cavitation plate of your outboard and want a FULL cover we will need to know about it so we can add a pocket to the leg section of the cover.

Please download the measurements form using the link on the right.

Why not attach the leg section to a Splash® cover?

We are often asked why we don’t simply attach a leg section to our Splash® covers?

The answer is quite simple, if we added a zip or Velcro to a leg section so it attached to the Splash® cover, that has vented holes in it so the motor can operate, or pull start holes or if you have a smaller motor it has a hole in the rear of the cover so you can lift the motor out of the water (no trim or tilt), you would not be getting the overall protection that is offered by the Full cover as vents and other holes would remain uncovered.

What is the warranty on OCA covers?

All OCA covers carry our unique 3/5 warranty for domestic use and 1 year for commercial use.

For full details on all terms and conditions Click Here->

What if my cover is faulty or does not fit?

If there is a manufacturing or component fault you need to contact the Distributor or Dealer who sold it to you. They will approve a return (subject to the conditions set out in the supplied care instructions) and we will investigate the fault. If there has been a component failure we will rectify the fault.

What if it does not fit?

All our covers are custom made to a model specific patterns. Your cover is made based on the order submitted through the interactive order pages and the information you provided. We will investigate the causes of a non-fitting cover but if the fault is due to the wrong information being provided by the customer we will not be responsible for replacing it. Should the fault be ours we will rectify the problem.

Please use our Troubleshooting Form to report any issues Click HERE->

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Polysoft® II

Our new exclusively made fabric with higher spec’s, nick named P2 fabric

Polysoft® II offers strength, dimensional stability, and abrasion resistance with the addition of a lightweight, non-woven soft felt backed polyester backing. Polysoft® II also features great water, UV, and mildew resistance to endure marine environments.

What is Polysoft® II?

In technical terms the material is an acrylic polymeric impregnated fabric. In other words it is a coated polyester that has a very high breaking strength, abrasion, mould and ultraviolet resistant. It also has excellent colour fastness and lasting outdoor durability. In fact Outboard Covers offers a 4 year guarantee against fading and rotting. We also offer a 3 year limited warranty on our high quality workmanship (commercial applications we offer 2 years on both). We have sold covers all over the World and our reputation is second to none for service and quality. Current colors this new fabric is available in is black, charcoal and light gray.

New Black Fabric Compare 2The black is a lot blacker than our previous fabric and other colors will be added to our range over the next 12 months.

 

Technical Specifications:

 Polysoft®  Original Spec’s
Polysoft®  II Spec’s
 Med U.V. resistance  High U.V. resistance
100% Woven polyester material 100% Woven polyester material
UV resistant rated 3 out 5 on a UV scale       Grade -3 @1000 hours UV resistant rated 4 out 5 on a UV scale,         Grade >4 @1000 hours
Spray Rating: 90 Spray Rating: 100
High tear and abrasion resistance High tear and abrasion resistance
Excellent mould and mildew resistance Excellent mould and mildew resistance
Med/ High water resistance High water resistance

Why not Vinyl?

People also ask what is wrong with using vinyl or a padded vinyl won’t that stop the noise more and offer more protection?

Yes it MAY but as it is not breathable it will cause moisture to build up under both the cowl and cover. This will corrode the motor and damage the paint and decals.

Most people are not aware that a replacement cowl is extremely expensive and if new decals are required these are usually extra and can cost as much as one of our Splash covers.

This is typically what would happen if you made your outboard cover out of a material that does not have breathability such as vinyl or even neoprene which is used on wet suits. They do not have what Polysoft® has!

Mercury-damaged

Latest Testimonial

Completely brilliant cover!

With the sort of abuse we give our outboard (we use it for watersports, so the kids regularly clunk the engine cover with wakeboards and skis) one season later it should look like it’s from a 3rd world country – but instead it genuinely looks as good as new, still fits like the proverbial glove – and despite months of Med sunshine the colour hasn’t faded one bit – can’t recommend it highly enough – if only you guys did covers for the Mothership…
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For more click HERE->

Polysoft® (The original fabric)

Polysoft® offers strength, dimensional stability, and abrasion resistance with the addition of a lightweight, non-woven soft felt like polyester backing. Polysoft® also features great water, UV, and mildew resistance to endure marine environments.

What is Polysoft®?

In technical terms the material is an acrylic polymeric impregnated fabric. In other words it is a coated polyester that has a very high breaking strength, abrasion, mould and ultraviolet resistant. It also has excellent colour fastness and lasting outdoor durability. In fact Outboard Covers offers a 2 year guarantee against fading and rotting. We also offer a 3 years limited warranty on our high quality workmanship (commercial use 12 months on each). We have sold covers all over the World and our reputation is second to none for service and quality.

Polysoft

Technical Specifications:

100% Woven polyester material

Soft non-woven back

Dimensionally stable

UV resistant

Highly water repellent

Mildew resistant

Tensile Strength: 348 lb warp, 222 lb fill

Tongue Tear Strength: 36 lb warp, 30 lb fill

Spray Rating: 90

Hydrostatic Resistance: 8″ for 10 minutes, 0 mil

Why not Vinyl?

People also ask what is wrong with using vinyl or a padded vinyl won’t that stop the noise more and offer more protection?

Yes it MAY but as it is not breathable it will cause moisture to build up under both the cowl and cover. This will corrode the motor and damage the paint and decals.

Most people are not aware that a replacement cowl is extremely expensive and if new decals are required these are usually extra and can cost as much as one of our Splash covers.

This is typically what would happen if you made your outboard cover out of a material that does not have breathability such as vinyl or even neoprene which is used on wet suits. They do not have what Polysoft® has!

Mercury-damaged