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compounder posted 01-08-2001 01:23 PM ET (US)   Profile for compounder   Send Email to compounder  
I've just about decided to pop for the Mills forward shelter with flying top, windshield and side curtains. Hope to extend my boating season throughout the winter and protect pilot & passengers during summer downpours. Comes to about $1800. Worth it? Local sailmaker says he can duplicate with Sunbrella & all SS fittings for about $200 less, plus he will do complete installation & fitting. Comments? Suggestions? Thanks. Joe
bigz posted 01-08-2001 01:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
It's your money Joe --- in my opinion knowing Mills high quality for that price difference Mills is the way to go -- Tom
dscew posted 01-08-2001 04:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for dscew    
I've never seen any canvas job that compares to Mills--definitely worth the extra $$
whalertim posted 01-08-2001 04:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalertim  Send Email to whalertim     
I have never seen a flying top om a Montauk. Is there a pic of one anywhere?
Tim / NC
hardensheetmetal posted 01-08-2001 05:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for hardensheetmetal  Send Email to hardensheetmetal     
compounder -
several years ago I purchased all new canvas for my 22 Revenge W/T, the first peice(wind screen) I had made locally, letting the shop use the original as a template, the rest I purchased from mills. It was like buying aftermarket parts for a car, the local shops canvas was good, but the fit was not up to Mills quality. also, I installed all myself, Mills directions were right on and everthing fit great, I was really impressed, it really was a custom fit through the mail, sorry I am babeling. For $200 bucks I'd go with Mills.


lhg posted 01-08-2001 06:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Compounder: Saving the $200 would be the dumbest thing you could do! What Mills really gives you for the $200 is a professional, pre-approved by Whaler, good looking design job. This is where the difference is, all other components being equal. Unless your local guy has access to the Mills patterns, from another Whaler, his design work will be inferior and it will always look "homemade". "Design" is the most important component of a Mills system.
Peter posted 01-08-2001 08:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     
My vote is Mills. Its definately worth the extra dough. I've had many people ask me where I got my suntop because it fits the boat so perfectly.
Shadowcatcher posted 01-08-2001 09:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Shadowcatcher  Send Email to Shadowcatcher     
One more reason to get OEM Mills: It will work with other canvas like a flying top or full set should you decide to add this later.

I have full canvas on my 18 Outrage and the forward shelter is great to have. Pay $200 more now and save much more later.


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