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John O posted 10-11-2003 10:30 AM ET (US)   Profile for John O  
What are the measurements for a CC cover for a 1988 Newtauk (Montauk CC)

I am having my local canvas shop make me a cover for my Center console. I have a Newtauk with a 1988 Montauk center console.
I like the Mills quality, but would like to build a relationship with my local custom canvas guy. I figure I will get a good idea of his quality and service with this initial order and decide if I want other items from him.

Has anyone had one made and can they report the dimentions so I do not have to trailer my boat to the canvas shop.

I bought one of those $39.00 jobbies at Boat Us last season and it is falling apart. I would estimate that it lasted only 12 months. Once the plastic becomes brittle it is all over.

alkar posted 10-13-2003 01:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for alkar  Send Email to alkar     
You'll have much better luck if you let the shop have the boat to do the job, as the console has many dimensions to match up. The "footprint" of the console is easy, but the other dimensions are difficult to communicate.

It's sort of a lop-sided pyramid with the top cut off. That's difficult to measure and draw with the necessary precision, especially if you want it properly reinforced along the top of the windshield and other spots where it's likely to rub during towing. The guys who made mine roughed it out and then put it the pieces on the boat as they put the cover together. It paid off with a beautiful custom fit with contours for the rod rack, steering wheel, etc. That's important, because a loose fitting cover will flap during towing, making it more likely to wear and tear.

If they've got your boat, you can evaluate the quality of the fit and finish when you go to pick it up. If you like the quality of their work, you can have them bid your other jobs before you take the boat home. That may save you some money too, as most of the guys I've worked with are inclined to bid with more confidence when they're staring at the project. In my experience, bids seem to be padded more when they're based on my reported measurements - probably because the pros are not confident in the accuracy of my measurements. :)

John O posted 10-13-2003 08:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for John O    

thanks for the info. It makes sense to bring the boat in. You also bring up a good point with regards to having the canvas shop quote other jobs with the boat there.

John O

ratherwhalering posted 10-14-2003 07:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
John, consider having your custom canvas cover encompass the entire console and cooler, all the way to the floor. As long as you are spending the money for a custom cover, the extra material shouldn't cost that much more. I had mine made this way, and it really keeps the sun off. It has 6 snaps, two on the front of the cooler, two on the side console mounts, and two on the aft console 'legs'. Provides 100% sun protection for the cooler chocks, cooler seat pad, rod holders, and lower console. The only drawback is that it is bulky when stored.
John O posted 10-14-2003 11:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
That is an excellent suggestion. I have a gal coming to look at my boat soon and I will ask her for a cover that covers the cooler as well.



alkar posted 10-14-2003 11:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for alkar  Send Email to alkar     
That's a neat idea - and it would have been perfect for me, as my cooler has batteries and hard goods in it, so we don't need to get at it in transit.

The only down side I see is this: Some folks keep all the ice and drinks in that forward cooler - and it's nice to be able to get at the drinks when you pull into a rest area or stop to fuel up. That will be inconvenient if you have to remove the cover to access the cooler. (We keep a travel cooler in the truck.)

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