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DaveS posted 05-04-2015 12:02 PM ET (US)   Profile for DaveS   Send Email to DaveS  
I'm looking for suggestions to secure a mooring cover to my 17' Outrage. I'm going to tailor a new Attwood cover to a custom fit and am looking for suggestions on the best way to keep the cover on while it's in the water. The guy doing the customization wants to use snaps, says he's been doing it for 20 years and has never had a problem with them. I looked at they way Mills connects theirs and it doesn't look that much different (in theory anyway) then using snaps. It I were keeping it on a trailer, I'd use straps but since I'm keeping it in the water, I need something more secure. I thought about suction cups or weighted beanbags but didn't think they were a good, overall fix.

I was also thinking about using a ratchet style connection to the stern eye bolts but wasn't sure if there would be too much play, (sag) in the cover, collecting water.

What are your thoughts?



Phil T posted 05-05-2015 10:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Phil T  Send Email to Phil T     
Dave -

I say no to snaps. They are great for a while and then they don't mesh well.

Consider cord and hook.

: )

Jerry Townsend posted 05-06-2015 12:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
Dave - I had a local canvas shop make my mooring cover - using a vinyl impregnated double locked nylon - called Herculite - the material certified for naval hatch gun covers. Tough stuff - virtually indestructable. No snaps or clips - or anything - and just a sleeve holding the rope "draw-sting", fitted just below the outside "lip" of the gunwale, and where both ends of the "draw-string" are drawn together via a nylon strap/buckel at the stern of the boat.

Herculite can be a bit spendy - and as I recall, I paid something like $400 for mine - back in 1976.

No long trips - well, the longest jaunt was in the order of 80 miles. I have had no problems with mine. When not using the boat, I will remove the mooring cover and cover the boat with a tarp of a somewhat similar material. --Jerry/Idaho

Jerry Townsend posted 05-06-2015 12:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
I slipped a cog - make that 1996 - instead of 1976. Hell, I am getting old. ---- Jerry/Idaho

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