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GAwhale posted 10-30-2001 08:57 PM ET (US)   Profile for GAwhale   Send Email to GAwhale  
Just wanted to pass this on so it doesn't happen to someone else. On Sunday I trailered my Montauk from Atlanta to Charleston, SC (6 hours). The trip was eventless. The next morning I pulled the cover off my boat. The cover had been flapping on my brand new shiney black Mercury engine cowl and dulled the finish. I already tried, it does not come out. On the return trip I will make sure not to cover the outboard engine with the boat cover.

I launched from Remley's Point today as reelescape1 suggested. What a beautiful ramp. We had a great day. Sunny and 70's.

jimh posted 10-30-2001 09:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Try some good auto paint finish cleaner-wax on that Mercury Black Max paint. You should be able to get the gloss back.

This is a good point: trailering the boat at high speeds with canvas on subjects the boat (and the canvas) to a great deal of potential wear if there is any flapping or vibration.

We tend to tow with no canvas. If we leave the boat on the trailer for the night outdoors we put the mooring cover on, then off again for trailering.

If you are only driving three miles to the ramp it is not a big deal, but 500 miles of flapping can ruin some expensive stuff.

Whalerdan posted 10-31-2001 01:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whalerdan  Send Email to Whalerdan     
I have repainted my cowl and the finish is not supper glassy like a new paint job. Any way, with the cover on the boat just sitting out in the driveway moisture got between the cowl and the cover. Left some nasty water spots. I keep the boat in the garage now (for other reasons), and have repainted, but before I moved it in I put a old towel over the cowl before the cover went on.

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