The sleek look of a cockpit cover protects your interior and gives your boat a classy factory look, especially when coupled with a bow cover of matching color and canvas (as shown).
Use it when you need light protection, but it is not a replacement for a full cover that offers more comprehensive protection from the elements. The area behind a boat's windshield is the cockpit of your boat where you sit and stand to drive and where many, if not all, of your passengers sit. Like other areas of the boat, the cockpit needs a cover for protection. Cockpit and bow covers generally will not be found at marine supply or big box stores - they need to be custom made as they are very specific to each boat.