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Powergroove803 posted 05-05-2015 10:17 AM ET (US)   Profile for Powergroove803   Send Email to Powergroove803  
Although I would love to have a nice Mills cover or a custom Sunbralla or whatever the trend is currently, I do not have the capital to afford such a thing. What are my alternatives? I saw a cover at West Marine for $200, Taylor Made is brand.
Any reviews or suggestions?
Jeff posted 05-05-2015 10:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jeff  Send Email to Jeff     
I have found you get what you pay for with covers. The last to inexpensive covers (under $300) I have gotten only lasted about 2 years before beginning to degrade to the point of being useless. Usually what happens is they are large and baggy and no matter how tight you try and get them, they always collect rain water. Once that happens they get stretched and stressed. Seams start to rip and impact points can rip /poke through the fabric. The other thing that happens is the pooling water leaks into the boat under the cover and it is always wet in there and mold grows fast and everywhere. The pooling water problem and ripping seams are not covered under manufactures warranty.

I just spend $1200 to have a custom Sunbrella mooring cover made and it was the best money I have spent. The boat is protected from the Sun and BONE DRY on the inside. That cover will last me 10-15 years and is well worth the money.

If you are not willing to invest the capital on a good cover, you just may as well save your money and get a heavy duty trap to keep over the boat.

Whalrman posted 05-05-2015 04:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whalrman  Send Email to Whalrman     
You don't have to go to Mills canvas for a good quality Sunbrella cover. Shop around at local canvas shops and also ask other boaters in your area about a good local shop. You might be surprised at your findings. Now is a premium time for canvas top/cover shops getting ready for summer. Late fall early winter will get lower prices.
weekendwarrior posted 05-06-2015 02:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for weekendwarrior  Send Email to weekendwarrior     
My last cover was a road runner brand and it lasted several years and was made of very heavy material. I covered it with 303 sunscreen protectant and I think that extended its life when compared to previous covers I've owned. That cover did however attract mildew. I wish I remembered what material it was made from..

My new cover is sundura material. It's very light weight and water beads on top, but it's very thin and lots of light comes through it, which makes me wonder how much UV is coming through. In my personal experience, standing under any canvas that passes visible light also passes enough UV to get sun burned, so if I could do it again I would get a cover made from heavier material. UV even comes through my heavy dark blue mills Bimini top in enough intensity to sunburn... UV is what kills your boat.

lizard posted 05-09-2015 01:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for lizard  Send Email to lizard     
That Taylor cover that West Marine sells is an AWFUL fit for an Outrage 18. I had one and it was worthless. Taylor does make a semi-custom cover for that boat and it fit somewhat better but it isn't custom and it isn't Sunbrella. You won't find it at West Marine, you'll have to contact their customer service.
Jefecinco posted 05-09-2015 10:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jefecinco  Send Email to Jefecinco     
I've had excellent results with covers manufactured by Carver Industries. They have patterns for many Boston Whalers. I've bought covers for A Dauntless 16, Sport 13, and 190 Montauk from them. All were excellent fits and the quality was as good as I've seen.

They make covers from several materials in various colors. I've had excellent results using their covers made of both Sunbrella and Sundura from Raven Mills. Their web site is carvercovers.com and the site lists their retailers.

Butch

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