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What’s in a Boat Name?

The Minnow. The Titanic. The Mayflower. Iconic boat names throughout history and popular culture. So what’s in a boat name? We compiled the most overused yet hilarious boat names in our recent boat infographic. And yet,during our trip to the Atlantic City In-Water Boat show, we came across a few unusual boat names we hadn’t heard of.

Spotted in Atlantic City- the “No Drama”

A clever play on words- the “Broke-Lynn”. Brooklyn. Get it?

The “Scandalous”

All the boat names got us thinking- what would we name a boat? Although we don’t have any boat owners at the Empire Office, we pooled the staff and asked them to name some of the incredible new 2013 models we saw while at the Atlantic City In-Water Boat Show. When it comes to original boat names, we’ve got you covered- just like with our actual covers! Remember- it’s only bad luck to change the name of already named boats!

Our PPC Analyst Ashley named this sleek, navy blue Sea Hunt “Mermaid Magic”.

“Mermaid Magic”

 Empire’s Sales Manager, Chad, cleverly named this Bennington pontoon boat “Yacht Sea”.

“Yacht Sea”

Rachel from Sales channeled her inner Andy Samberg and named this yellow Tidewater, “I’m on a…”

“I’m on a…”

Sales team member Alex must be a Johnny Depp fan. He dubbed this Sea Hunt as “The Black Pearl”.

“The Black Pearl”

Our Returns Manager Dave named this one the “S.S. Runham”.

“SS Rumham”

Natalie from Sales went Zoolander and named this Scout, “Blue Steel”.

“Blue Steel”

Our CEO Jake named this red Sea Fox, “My Brilliance”. Oh, Jake!

“My Brilliance”

 Our social media manager Melissa is a Star Wars fan. She named this Tidewater the “Millenium Flounder”.

“Millenium Flounder”

 What would you name a boat?

Empire Classics: Triumph

With every midlife crisis, every sweet 16, and every visit to a classic car show brings an overwhelming desire for a brand new, classic automobile. What classic cars lack in functionality, they make up for in appearance, value, and status. For most people, the determining factor in purchasing a vintage car is the price tag. Jalopnik reported that a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT recently sold for a whopping $10,976,000 at auction. This vintage 1969 Aston Martin DBS Coupe is listed for 72k on Hemmings.com. The popular beach ready 1947 Plymouth Station Wagon Woodie we talked about in our summer classics post lists for a staggering 140k.

                     So how does a vintage loving, classic car enthusiast afford a great-looking timeless automobile? With a Triumph- a vintage Triumph Motor Company car, that is.

Vintage Classic Triumph at the 16th Annual Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance

Classic Red Triumph at the New Hope Auto Show


                     When it comes to affordability, upkeep and style, Triumphs still “triumphs” in affordability and upkeep. A classic car for the every man. Here are some great, cost-conscious Triumphs we found that could be yours!


This 1978 Triumph Spitfire 1500 is available on Hemmings.com for $4,800. With 47,000 the red orange car has updated black interior with an included tonneau top.
The owner states that car needs a new exhaust system and some paint touch ups.


 This 1961 restored Triumph TR3A is currently for bid on eBay. At time of post, the car was up to $10,950 USD, a steal for such a sleek, stylish car. The car has 51,880 miles, and has a canary  yellow exterior, black interior. This stunning car would definitely need a cover! The seller describes it as “a driver, not a concours restoration”, or in other words, the perfect car for someone looking to use this car on a weekly basis.

This gorgeous 1967 Triumph TR4A Roadster is listed on Hemmings.com for $14,250 with about 15,000 miles. Although the car has newer parts, it’s possible to make it a complete restoration. The car offers an original interior, with almost all new or upgraded parts, with exception of a broken odometer. This classic Triumph is the best of both worlds- a great road car with room to become a classic restoration.


 This incredible 1972 Triumph Stag is listed on Classic Car Ads for $10,500. With only 41,000 miles, this hazelnut colored classic car is the perfect weekend car. It runs well and is in good condition. The seller does state that the car needs new carpet, but that’s a sacrifice we’d be willing to make.

Would you want to buy a Triumph?
Which of our Triumph finds is your favorite? 

16th Annual Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance

We all remember the infamous Ferrari scene in the 1986 hit Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. After being encouraged by the popular and insatiable Ferris Bueller, (Matthew Broderick), the non-confrontational, awkward Cameron Frye (Alan Ruck) accidently drives his father’s classic 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Spyder through a two story window. For classic car owners, it was a gut-wrenching moment, the visualization of their greatest fear. A beloved prized possession, a result of hard working, passion and diligence, completely destroyed in a few short minutes.

The 16th annual, three day long Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance at Radnor Hunt was all about celebrating exceptional vehicles such as the 1961 Ferrari. Starting on Friday, Sept. 7th with a Barbeque at Radnor Hunt, the event spanned over three days with the Chester County Road Rally, Black Tie Gala, Silent Auction and Art Show Preview on Saturday, and The 100 Motor Cars of Radnor Hunt on Sunday. At The 100 Motor Cars of Radnor Hunt event on Sunday, Sept. 9th, visitors got a glimpse of a Gatsby-esque era of pristine vehicles, a time of style and class. Attendees marveled over the rows of invaluable, spectacular Ferraris, Cadillacs, vintage coaches and carriages.

The event was reminiscent of a time where a drive in a car was an occasion, not an everyday occurrence. Many attendees snapped photos of the elegant vehicles while enjoying cold glasses of lemonade. Frank Sinatra wafted over strategically placed speakers, audible from any area of Radnor Hunt. The scenic Radnor Hunt, home of one of the oldest fox hunts in the country, provided a stunning backdrop for the event. Cars were posed as if they were models in painting- flawless, immaculate vehicles overlooking the rolling, green pastures of Radnor, PA.

It’s hard to explain the passion and excitement over seemingly “old” cars to anyone who doesn’t share the enthusiasm for them. The picture perfect antique vehicles, although functional, are rarely driven to preserve their value. Why own a car that will just stay covered up in a garage? The classic cars on display were more than just automobiles- they’re collectors items, immaculate works of art. For a car enthusiast, a classic Cadillac can cause the same awe-struck, inspired feeling as a rare painting or sculpture. Classic vehicles are an echo, a memory of when automobiles were all about sophistication and status.

Check out our photos from this year’s Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance on our Facebook page!
Which classic car is your favorite?

What Size Motorcycle Cover Do I Need?

Motorcycles come in many shapes and sizes, making custom motorcycle covers unreasonable. EmpireCovers offers semi-custom motorcycle covers that fit almost any motorcycle’s make and model.

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EmpireCovers makes choosing the right motorcycle cover easy with our size selector. Simply enter the make, year and model of your bike and we’ll tell you which size is the best fit. If you don’t see your bike listed, or don’t know the make, year or model, you can shop by size. EmpireCovers motorcycle covers come in three sizes:

  • Medium Motorcycle Cover fits bikes up to 1000cc and 86” in length. This size fits most popular models, such as the Harley Sportster, Honda Nighthawk, Kawasaki Ninja and BMW Lightening. The size of this cover measures 86” L x 44” W x 44” H.
  • Large Motorcycle Cover fits bikes up to 1000cc and 96” in length. This size fits most popular models similar to the models listed above. The size of this cover measures 96” L x 44” W x 44” H.
  • Extra Large Motorcycle Cover fits most motorcycles in full dress. This size fits models, such as the Yamaha Royal Star Touring and Harley Night Rod. The size of this cover measures 114” L x 44” W x 44” H.

After choosing the correct bike cover size, you will need to choose which cover offers the best protection for your needs. EmpireCovers currently offers six distinctive motorcycle covers.  Consider the climate where you live and where you will store your bike when choosing the cover that best fits your needs.

If you have any questions about which cover size is the best fit for your bike, please call our customer service team at 888-872-6855 or live chat.

Please note: EmpireCovers does not fit all touring bikes. Also, making modifications to your bike may alter the size recommended by our selector. 

EmpireCovers Visits The Grand Prix of Baltimore

The automotive industry is an exciting business. Throw in cars that go 180 mph and things get a little more thrilling!


EmpireCovers celebrated Labor Day weekend at the Grand Prix of Baltimore. There was plenty to do for all ages at the Grand Prix. The Family Fun Zone was filled with bumper cars, bounce houses and more.  The IZOD IndyCar and Firestone Indy Lights garage allowed fans to see mechanics working on the cars and drivers maneuvering around on scooters.

The most excitement seemed to take place behind the scenes. When I was exiting the garage, I saw Justin Wilson zoom by on a scooter. Soon, more racers drove by and the IndyCars lined up on the street. I was able to smell the burning rubber from the cars that had just practiced on the track.

As I got lost navigating around the Grand Prix, I stumble upon The IndyCar Fan Village.  It ended up being one of my favorite parts of the event. The village was an interactive playground for all race-goers. IZOD IndyCar drivers were signing autographs and Tony Kanann snapped a photo with me. Porches, Chevys and cars from all over the world were on display. As I made my way through the maze of exotic cars, I spotted the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge cars preparing to race.

Exploring the Grand Prix of Baltimore was an adrenaline-charged experience. There really was something for everyone. One minute these cars were in pieces on a lift then racing down the track. If you don’t have a pit crew to take care of your vehicle, let EmpireCovers Protect Your Assets.

Bike Night: Raising Funds for Fun


This past weekend, Empire got the opportunity to attend 99.9 The Hawk’s Bike Night in Easton, PA. A local event with a lot of motorcycles, prizes and fun. Local motorcycle owners and their bikes are welcome to attend ‘Bike Night’ to compete for prizes, including a trip to Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, and of course, one of our motorcycle covers. But this night is more than meets the eye. Since 2005, 99.9 The Hawk has raised over $15,000 to benefit the Ronald McDonald Camp, an annual event by the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House.

The Ronald McDonald House is a well known, national non-profit organization that provides shelter and financial assistance to the families of sick children. In Philadelphia, those shelters are located near University City, on Chestnut Street, and besides St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, on Front & Erie. The expansive homes offer amenities such as private guest rooms,  home cooked meals, laundry facilities, and even a video game room. In close vicinity of area hospitals, both locations offer limitless convenience and comfort for their guests.

So what’s the Ronald McDonald Camp? For children that have, or are currently undergoing treatment for cancer, it’s an escape. For one week, the kids have an incredible camp experience at Camp Timber Tops in Greeley, PA that includes traditional and therapeutic camp activities. The children of the Ronald McDonald Camp are united, enabling them to share their similar experiences with cancer.  The camp allows children with the opportunity to be themselves beyond just their illness. Bike Nights unite the community to help achieve this goal.

The Ronald McDonald House and the Ronald McDonald Camp aim to improve the lives of sick children and their families. The mission is simple- provide support to families during medical crisises. The charities strive to ensure that no family will face concerns about shelter, finances, or food while trying to support their sick child. As their largest donor, McDonald’s partners their franchises with local organizations to advance fund-raising efforts. Events such as 99.9 The Hawk’s Bike Night allows Ronald McDonald House to continue their noble mission.

Check out our pictures from 99.9 The Hawk’s Bike Night!

Empire Classics: A Summer Classic, Ford Woodies

Sadly, beach bums and bunnies are preparing for the end of Summer. That means packing up our surfboards, flip flops, and beach bags, and getting ready for the start of school, pumpkin carving, and fall foliage. But let’s take a a few minutes to reflect on how great Summer really is. Summer has a different meaning for everyone. Besides sand, waves, and sunshine, everyone feels a bit nostalgic when they think about Summer.

Lovestruck bad boy Danny Zuko and the wholesome, innocent Sandy Olsen sang about “Summer Lovin” in the 1978 classic film, Grease. In 1983, Bananarama sang a different tune about summer, the hit “Cruel Summer”. But the true anthem of summer, specifically surfers, is the 1963 hit by Jan and Dean- Surf City. The duet famously sang, “I bought a ’30 Ford wagon and we call it a woody, you know it’s not very cherry, it’s an oldie but a goody….Surf City, here we come!”

The catchy song captures the timeless feeling of cruising around with the windows rolled down, surfboard in tow, ready to go to the beach. We could practically hear the upbeat tempo when we visited the New Hope Auto Show, and saw this classic 1946 Ford Woodie Wagon.

The Woodie Wagon has an incredible history. During WWII, there was an dire need to save valuable resources, such as steel, for the troops. The idea of using wood in the production of cars wasn’t new- even before the war, the cars were also easier and more cost effective. During the war, substituting steel with wood was necessary. The cars, nicknamed “Woodies”, we’re quite popular in North America. Even after WWII, “woodies” were a popular family car, but eventually, the expensive upkeep of the wood panels would be the “Woodies” downfall.

Do you remember “Woodies”?

 Whether wood or steel, we’ve got you covered. Cover your car with our durable, waterproof materials. 

Empire Patio: The High Line, the Ultimate Urban Green Space

Scenic. Meticulous. Charming. It’s not a surprise that these words would be used to describe a popular area of Manhattan, but it may be surprising that it’s used to describe a public park. A park, actually, that isn’t Central Park.

High Line Park, a public park owned by the City of New York, is easily one of the most scenic, meticulous, and charming urban green spaces. The park, maintained by the Friends of the High Line, was founded in 1999. Once a railway, the space had been unoccupied for years, and narrowly avoided being demolished. Luckily, local residents saved the area by opting for a public park. Since, the park has revitalized the Chelsea neighborhood, encouraging even more development in the neighborhood.  Spanning over a mile long, the park provides a safe green area where locals and tourists alike can relax, cool off, and even catch a nap.

Green spaces are preserved and constructed every year in overpopulated, urban areas. Besides the attractive scenery, green spaces also provide crucial outdoor entertainment areas for urbanites of all ages. In a place where parks, yards, and playgrounds are few and far between, green spaces provide a necessary oasis. The High Line is no exception, and is a true escape from hectic city life.

The High Line has a variety of unique architectural features that contribute to it’s overall beauty and function. Built in chaise lounge chairs, modern looking park benches, and even an innovative “water walkway” that allows bare feet are a few incredible amenities. Hungry? No problem- you can grab a light lunch from a variety of food vendors at The High Line, including Bark Hot Dogs, Blue Bottle Coffee, Melt Bakery, People’s Pops, and The Taco Truck.

What do you think of The High Line in Chelsea?

Protect your urban or suburban outdoor oasis with covers from Empire Patio

Empire Covers Sisters of Bethany Convent

Here at Empire, we love to do our part. Once in awhile, we come across a truly touching story, as we did with the  sisters at the Bethany Convent of the Community of Jesus. The sisters had recently acquired a donation of bicycles, and wished to keep them well maintained with covers. We were more than happy to oblige, and sent them enough durable,  100% waterproof covers to fully protect their new modes of transportation.   They were even kind enough to provide us with a glowing testimonial, AND incredible homemade chocolate chip cookies. Yum!

“The personnel at “Empire Covers” are so helpful and easy to work with!! We called them asking for bike covers for some of our sisters who bike to work and teach school in the next town over. They could not have been more kind and generous! They provided us with 10 brand new bike covers and these have been SO helpful for us. They come packaged in a convenient carry bag, they are easy to use, and they completely protect our bikes from the rain. We were fortunate to receive some donated bikes recently for our sisters and this was the best solution to keeping them well covered and taken care of! We keep our bikes outside our convent and they are now well protected from the elements thanks to “Empire Covers.” We called several companies to see who could helps us out and Empire Covers was a great company to work with and talk to. They were prompt, efficient, helpful, kind and generous. We highly recommend this company and their covers!!”- Sr. Genevieve Cleverly, Bethany Convent of the Community of Jesus, Orleans, MA.

 Check out more pictures of the Sisters of the Bethany Convent!


You can cover your bike with Empire’s durable, long-lasting materials.
We even have covers for mountain bikes

Jaguar Chills in Chelsea

At Empire, we all have our favorite brand of cars. For our Search Marketing Assistant Claire, it’s Infiniti. Our PPC Analyst Ashley loves Porsche. Our Creative Director Donna prefers Volvo, and our SEO/Social Media Manager Melissa loves Jaguar. In light of this, we decided to send Melissa to the Jaguar #ChillNY event in Manhattan on Friday.

The Rochester, NY native used her experience with cold temperatures to brave the Jaguar #ChillNY snowglobe. She also checked out the newest model of Jaguar AWD, visited Chelsea’s famous “High Line” urban park, and met up with Olympic Ice Skater Johnny Weir. In spite of the 90+ degree temperatures, she had the opportunity to “chill out” and check out some truly innovative Jaguars. Here’s what she had to say about the culture of Jaguar, seeing snow in Chelsea in the middle of August, and meeting the 2008 World’s bronze medalist.

“I love Jaguars,” Melissa says about the British based automotive brand. “I’ve always been a fan of the Range Rover, but find their new all wheel drive cars incredible. I’m used to snow and ice, dealing with really hazardous wintery conditions. They’ve taken the best design aspects of their sportier cars and combined it with really functional, innovative features.”

Jaguar’s AWD XJ, Courtesy of the Jaguar USA Press Page

Indeed they have. The newer AWD Jaguars boast luxurious features such as “precipitation sensing” windshield wipers, diamond turned rims, and audible sensors used for safer parking. In addition to the high standard of features Jaguar has always had for their vehicles, the new AWD Jaguars are designed for function as well. The cars offer a completely unique fuel distribution system, allowing the driver to get additional fuel efficiency. Regardless of your climate, the JaguarDrive Control™ is standard on all AWD Jaguars. The JaguarDrive Control™ allows the driver maximum control in more difficult weather conditions, contributing to a safer and more enjoyable driving experience.

So what does that have to do with snow in the middle of August? Jaguar provided a fun and free space for local residents to “cool off” in the record setting summer temperatures. Attractions included frozen treats from Handsome Dan’s Snowcones, complimentary iced coffee and drinks from The Mud Truck, a sneak peek at the newest AWD Jaguars and of course, a giant snowglobe with an ice skating rink. The event was located in the middle of Chelsea, just beneath the famous High Line urban park and patio space. On a sweltering day in August, Melissa called the community event “perfect”, and meeting the Olympic medalist Weir,  “Once in a lifetime!”.

What do you think of Jaguar’s new AWD cars?