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1985supersport15 posted 05-20-2009 04:24 PM ET (US)   Profile for 1985supersport15   Send Email to 1985supersport15  
I am looking for a boat cover for my 1985 supersport 15'3". I have looked at several marine outfitters and they all seem to have a triangular bow. I have the beam but I can't recall it at this time. I did find a company called Overtons that has them made specifically for boston whalers but they only had one made for the supersport 15 without rails. Mine has rails so I do not think it would work.

Has anyone purchased a cover for their supersport 15? and if so where did you get it. I do not want to go the custom cover route as it would be expensive. I just want something that is better to look at than a tarp and easier to put on since tarping requires bungees or tying etc. It seems like I would have to find a company that makes them for whalers as the ones at most outfitteers have triangular bows. And those that have squared off corners for the bow often have too large a beam.

any info appreciated.

AC

Buckda posted 05-20-2009 04:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
www.millscanvas.com

Part No. 52-5955-00

tedious posted 05-20-2009 04:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for tedious    
I have a Westland "Exact Fit" cover on my 15 SuperSport. It fits reasonably well - I got some support bows for it and water does not pool at all. Mine was $100 from Craigslist; don't know what they go for at retail.

I am sure the Mills cover is superb, but it's quite expensive. Also, I believe fitting requires drilling and screwing clamps into the gunwales - that's what makes it usable on the mooring, which mine is not, unless you feel like swimming under the boat to attach straps.

Tim

Buckda posted 05-20-2009 05:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
The Mills cover requires no drilling at all. They utilize proprietary plastic-coated metal clamps that fit exactly around the Whaler gunwale. The cover is relatively expensive compared to a "universal fit" cover from a catalog such as Overton's, but is likely less than a custom cover from a local canvas shop.

I believe mine was about $450 for my 15' Sport GLS.

I will also say that the Mills cover is superior in fit and the quality does go a long way. If you plan to keep the boat, their cover will last at least twice as long as any "universal fit" cover used under the same circumstances.

Be a value buyer - the Mills will fit properly (it was designed for your boat) and last longer (quality materials and workmanship that is better than "universal fit" covers).

If you want to go inexpensive, er, cheap, then go with a blue poly tarp from Tractor Supply Company - they are available in a size that will cover your boat for about $19.99. Add in $5.00 at Wal-Mart for the bungee cords and $2.00 for the gas to get you there and back and you've invested less than $30 bucks.

jb4146 posted 05-20-2009 09:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for jb4146    
Just bought a Super Sport 15 cover, made of Sunbrella fabric (Cadet Grey) by Carver Covers in SC, from boatcoversdirect.com., for $399 plus shipping. Five year guarantee. They also offer two other material options for less. Fast shipping.

Can't use the Navy Blue Mills Sunbrella cover that came with my boat anymore, since I just changed from Sport siderails to the Supersport bowrail. The Mills cover did fit perfectly, and it has a built-in folding stainless support tube. Mills quoted me $894 plus shipping for a new Supersport cover. When I get around to packing it up, I'll be selling my Mills Sport cover.

I am happy with the Carver cover. It is simple and well built. It fits well, but not perfectly, being a bit too baggy in the bow. A minor complaint. It has an attached outboard hood, which I like. Instead of the custom Mills gunwale clips, it has a typical rope drawstring. It also came with 12 nylon web quick-buckle tiedown straps. I use 4.

tedious posted 05-21-2009 07:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for tedious    
Buckda, glad to hear that about the gunwale clamps. I did check on prices last fall; I don't remember the exact price for the Mills cover for my 15, but if memory serves, it was somewhere around $900. I believe that buying the best generally saves you money and aggravation in the long run, but that was just too much. If it was $450 I would have been all over it.

Tim

tedious posted 05-21-2009 07:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for tedious    
Oops, just read the previous posting - guess my memory was off by $6!

I'd still like to get one someday - I'm sure the Mills is awesome.

Tim

NorthShoreWhaler posted 05-21-2009 08:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for NorthShoreWhaler  Send Email to NorthShoreWhaler     
A mills cover came with my new 15' SuperSport Limited back in the late 80's. The cover was amazing. It used the clips all around and had 2 ropes in the back to tie off to the through hull eyes. Very high quality. HOWEVER! I don't think I would trust it while trailering the boat. I doubt it would hold. You probably need something with straps all around.
Buckda posted 05-21-2009 09:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
$900!?

Wow.

That is way more than I paid. You should take advantage of their annual sale that they have in January or February.

tedious posted 05-21-2009 04:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for tedious    
Regarding trailering, the Mills product is characterized as a mooring cover, not a trailer cover.

Tim

irishcreamer posted 05-22-2009 06:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for irishcreamer  Send Email to irishcreamer     
You may also consider the custom fit covers available through Overton's. They come in three fabrics: Sunbrella, Sharkskin, and Cloudburst. I have a Sunbrella cover that fits my Classic OR18 like a glove.

Overton's Homepage
http://www.overtons.com/

Supersport 15 Covers
http://www.overtons.com/modperl/boatcover/bc_finder.cgi?r=fbc& boat_style=&year=1985&make=BOSTON+WHALER&model=SUPER+SPORT+15&x=46&y=7

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