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awares posted 03-26-2001 09:22 PM ET (US)   Profile for awares   Send Email to awares  
I have one 1968 13' and one 2001 13' Sport that I need to buy covers for trailering and outside storage.

I do not want to drill holes. I would like to have a cover that covers the entire boat and motor. The boats will be kept on trailers.

The covers need to be able to handle 70mph on the highway and not wip the boat or itself apart.

It also needs to be installed easily or my son will not keep the boat covered.

When I owned a Ranger bass boat it had a very nice cover and its own storage bag.

I have seen alot of comments about the Mill's canvas. I want to be sure I get the right one that will satisfy my requirements.

Also the boats will not be exposed to the white stuff. Rain only at times.

All suggestions welcomed.

Thanks, Allen Wares

Dick posted 03-26-2001 09:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
The Mills canvas is the best quality you can buy, but only available in Sunbrella which is expensive.
It,s been a while since I sold a MIlls cover but I seem to remember that you had to install hooks on the boat.
I opted for a cover from Westland in a fabric they call Sharkskin for my Montauk.
I have sold hundreds of Westland covers in my career in marine retail and wholesale.
The quality is great and the fit is precise.
Let me know and I can e-mail you a pic of the cover on mine.
By the way with their tie down straps 70mph is no problem.
Price is about half of MIlls.
ffk posted 03-26-2001 10:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for ffk  Send Email to ffk     
Allen, I have purchased and used covers for two 13 Whalers in the past. Both have been from Mills and neither required any modification to the boat. They secured to the rub rail using clips that snap around the rail. The covers are able to be installed either from inside or outside of the boat. I used to install mine while the boat was tied up at its slip by fastening all but the last quarter from inside the boat. The covers also have a folding stainless center poll to keep the cover from holding water. There is a draw cord around the perimeter which allows you to snug it up quite well. The cord can also be secured to the aft lifting eyes. I did use the cover while trailering, but had one problem. The center support pole would vibrate loose and fall, allowing the cover to flap around. I never bothered to figure out a way to prevent that from happening, but it should be simple. I currently have a 13 with another type of cover that came with it. Although the fit is pretty good, it is not any way comparable to the Mills pieces. You will pay more, but you really get what you pay for with them.
andygere posted 03-27-2001 03:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Does anyone have a photo of a Montauk with a Mills mooring cover installed on it? If so, please e-mail or reference a URL where it's posted.


JimU posted 03-30-2001 10:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for JimU  Send Email to JimU     
You might want to check out Cabella's. My girlfriend gave me one of theirs for Christmas. It's prettey inexpensive and good quality. JIM
bigz posted 03-30-2001 10:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Allen -- as JimU mentioned your can get a cover in the $200 range from Cabella's for the '68, but for the 2001 either Mills direct or through your BW dealer --- one other source is
I would stick with Mills but they are expensive.
whalernut posted 03-30-2001 03:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Andy, I have a Mill`s Mooring Cover on my 73` `16 Currituck and this Spring I will take some pictures with it on in her dock and send them into Jim H.! I love it, but it cost $700! Regards-Jack Graner.
awares posted 03-30-2001 05:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for awares  Send Email to awares     
I have talked to both Mill's and Dave's Upholstery today about covers. They both offer covers made from sunbrella.

The differences are that the Mill's cover requires holes to be drilled into the boat and Dave's cover does not. Also the Mill's cover does not cover the motor and Dave's cover includes the motor cover all in one cover.

The Whaler logo is also sewn on the Dave's cover.

The prices are within $6.00 of each other.

I do not want to drill any additional holes.

Now what? I have not heard anything but good things about the Mill's cover. I have not heard anything from anybody that has a Dave's cover.

whalernut posted 03-30-2001 07:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Allen, my Mill`s Mooring Cover is held on with Gunnel Clips, I can`t believe Mill`s told you that you had to drill into you`re hull-I guess meaning snaps? I have never heard of a Mill`s Cover with snaps, just clips. Let me know Allen? Regards-Jack Graner.
RHLOOS posted 03-30-2001 09:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for RHLOOS  Send Email to RHLOOS     
awares, i own a 1966-13' sport and use a cover purchased from Overton's. They offer covers for "boston whalers". it wasn't very expensive and fits well. i have trailered the boat as far as maine several times and it truly shows no wear. ROB

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