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STEPHEN posted 04-23-2002 06:56 PM ET (US)   Profile for STEPHEN   Send Email to STEPHEN  
Anybody have the phone # or web site for Mills? Wanna cover my new "old" Montauk when not in use.
James posted 04-23-2002 07:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for James  Send Email to James     
You can contact them at 1-800-477-1535. About $621 for a mooring cover.


jimp posted 04-23-2002 07:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimp  Send Email to jimp     
Stephen -

In '92 I got a mooring cover for my '82 Montauk from Overton's for a lot less than $621. More like $160 or so, but that was a long time ago. Look around, maybe something will work "as well" as a Mills cover.


STEPHEN posted 04-23-2002 08:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for STEPHEN  Send Email to STEPHEN     
Thanks- got a price of $600 from BW dealer. but I think I can do better.
mbking1 posted 04-23-2002 09:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for mbking1  Send Email to mbking1     
I just had a custom Sunbrella mooring cover made for my Montauk. Fits over forward section like a glove, Extra material goes way down sides to keep bugs etc out, hood over engine and drawstring that ties to back of engine. Uses one tent pole that has an integral snap in the material. Awesome job. $450. Mark
STEPHEN posted 04-23-2002 09:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for STEPHEN  Send Email to STEPHEN     
Mark, does the cover stay secure in a strong gust? Gotta lota wind where I'm at! Could you post the # over at Sunbrella.Thanks in advance.
Jerry Townsend posted 04-23-2002 09:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
STEPHEN - go to a good tent and awning business - you will get a custom made cover for a lot less than the $621. In my case, our local tent/canvas outfit made a custom cover for my 17' OR and it cost me about $400 - but it is built right and properly reinforced. ------ Jerry/Idaho
mbking1 posted 04-23-2002 09:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for mbking1  Send Email to mbking1     

Sunbrella is the material. The canvas guy at my marina did the work. Yes, spending a little more on the extra material was def worth it to me. I have my Montauk in high and dry storage and am anal about the cleanliness of "my baby". If you like, I could take a dig pic and show you what he did.Let me know. MArk

STEPHEN posted 04-23-2002 10:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for STEPHEN  Send Email to STEPHEN     
Thanks Mark- E- mail it. I'd like to see some pic of your rig if you got any.
whalerron posted 04-24-2002 07:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
I got mine from Cabela's. It has the full drawstring and the engine hood. I think I paid about $350 for it. The don't list the "Montauk without bowrails" version in their catalog. But, if you call them, I will be surprised if they cannot help you out. Cabelas is really just a contact point between you and the cover manufacturer. They told me that the manufacturer ships the covers for them.

Tom W Clark posted 04-24-2002 12:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Nothing is as nice as the Mills cover but you can have one custom made for less. Just be sure it is made of Sunbrella canvas.

I have owned both the Mills mooring covers and have had a Montauk mooring cover custom made. If you do have one made be sure to use the Boston Whaler gunwale “clips” that Mills pioneered. They must be ordered from Whaler.

Actually, $600 for a Mills cover sounds pretty good. In 1986 I bought my second Montauk, a used 1980 model. After tidying it up I needed a cover to protect it. I seem to recall that my local Whaler dealer wanted something like $800 for a Mills cover. That would be about $1250 in year 2001 dollars! I had a local canvas company, King Marine here in Seattle, make me one from the same Sunbrella material for about $400 (c. $650 today). This cover had the Whaler clips that allow the cover to be held on without any straps under the hull. These clips make it very easy to put the cover on from a dinghy when it is on a mooring.

This cover lasted very well for the 4 years I owned the boat. I suspect it may still be in service today.

In 1989 when I Bought my 1983 Outrage, I decided to be cheap any just buy a mooring cover from a catalog outfit. I think I paid about $200 It was custom made for the Outrage 18, but it did not fit like a Mills cover. That cover lasted all of two years. I even bitched to the manufacturer who then sent me a new one. That one lasted two years. Then I bought another brand of “custom” fit cover, and it lasted two years.

When I say “lasted” I mean the point at which the material literally fell apart.

After six years I bought yet another brand of cover and it lasted, yes, you guessed it, two years and then disintegrated.

Believe me, at that point I wished I had just had King Marine make me one for $800 at the get go but I felt I had spent so much on covers at that point and did not know if I was going to keep the boat much longer that I decided to purchase yet another $200 cover which (thanks to indoor storage) was still intact when I sold that Whaler in 2000 after owning it for over ten years.

In hind sight I would have been dollars ahead to just get the more expensive cover in the first place and be done with it. It would have lasted longer and fit better. None of the catalog bought covers really fit that well and all of them relied on straps to hold it in place well enough for rain to drain off without pooling on top of the cover.

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