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blackdog posted 09-29-2000 04:01 PM ET (US)   Profile for blackdog   Send Email to blackdog  
Anyone Know of a good canvas or web site that sells them for my 2001 Dauntless?
Mark Gallagher posted 09-29-2000 07:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mark Gallagher  Send Email to Mark Gallagher     
I'd go to Mills Canvas first. I have a Mills cover for my 95 Whaler and it fits excellent. Top quality product. They are really expensive but you get what you pay for. Mine was $600 for a 17' four or five years ago What would you expect for a Whaler. Try their web site or phone them.

You could also try fishercanvas.com from NJ. They claim to be high quality and made to order.

Ed Stone posted 10-01-2000 08:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ed Stone  Send Email to Ed Stone     
Thats a good price for a custom cover.
What type of material was the cover made
from?
dgp posted 10-01-2000 09:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for dgp  Send Email to dgp     
2 years ago I had a custom mooring cover made locally for my 17' Dauntless made of Sunbrella fabric for $225. Don
blackdog posted 10-02-2000 10:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog  Send Email to blackdog     
Thanks, Good info. I am going to check out a local canvas guy to see what he has. The $600 for the whaler cover is steep!
whalernut posted 10-02-2000 04:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
I paid $690 for a full mooring cover for a 1973 `16 Currituck! I thought it was high to, but love it. I just didn`t want to have someone put snaps into my gelcoat-UGH! Sunbrella material, and I forgot to get cutouts for my front mooring lines-OOPS! I had an Amish guy do it, he only charged my $27.50 and that included 2 fronts and one back all with velcro flaps, they(Amish) really work cheap and did a great job. Now you`re all probably asking what an Amish person is? Regards-Jack Graner.
dgp posted 10-02-2000 06:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for dgp  Send Email to dgp     
Jack, I'll have to e-mail you directly the latest Amish computer virus. Don
whalernut posted 10-02-2000 07:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Don, cool stuff, HAIRS to Horses! Regards-Jack Graner.
Mark Gallagher posted 10-02-2000 07:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mark Gallagher  Send Email to Mark Gallagher     
Ed asks: What is Whaler cover made of?

It is Mills high quality canvas, a little thicker than bimini canvas. It is grey in color and fits like a glove to just below the rub rail. It comes with stainless hooks that attach , and are hardly visible, under the rub rail. Cover has shock cords that attach to these hooks. It also has rope that ties at back of cover. Expensive, but worth it and it has kept my boat interior like brand new.
Mark

whalernut posted 10-03-2000 05:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
I agree with Mark, expensive and a little hard to get on sometimes, but once on properly, the cover looks nice and keeps the interior nice and no snaps in you`re gelcoat! Regards-Jack Graner.
Ed Stone posted 10-03-2000 05:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ed Stone  Send Email to Ed Stone     
The cover I had made for my 17 Outrage was
right at $600.It went up and over the
windsheild,snaps and zippers fastened it
around the T-top.There was also a motor
cover sewn in.It fit just below the rub
rail and a rope was sewn in around the
bottom to adjust the fit.It looked to
be a vinly but the shop called it
Aqualon.
blackdog posted 10-03-2000 09:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog  Send Email to blackdog     
whalernut
Amish- - Good Guys / Mennonite’s also. Hard Working People. They sell a lot of thier wears down here in SE PA, Delaware &NJ.
Mark
I checked out fishercanvas.com . The cover they make is made out of cotton Canvas. Any Pros or cons anyone aware of for cotton canvas ? The covers are all custom made to your boat so they should fit good. The price came in at $373 for 16' Dauntless
bigz posted 10-03-2000 10:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Fisher covers are excellent but are really designed for off season storage and not for a quick cover up during season. They usually cover the complete topsides of the hull.

We got a price of $700 for a cover on our 27 --- but decided to go with shrink wrap with a door for less than $175 --- not that Fisher in the long haul isn't a good investment it certainly is just remember their covers need a lot of care and attention plus we don't know if we will keep the 27 cc cuddy or move over to a 27 WA in the near future --- so anyway she'll be wrapped in shrink blue for the winter nice and safe at our marina on the Maurice River --- though it won't be before Thanksgiving

Mark the Bimini tops are made of Sunbrella at Mills not canvas though you can order canvas if you want Sunbrella is far superior for that use ---

Tom

PS BG Island Marine do seem to be nice folks only have had limited dealings

lhg posted 10-03-2000 09:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
For the Brunswick/Sea Ray era Whalers, beginning with newly designed boats in 1996, I believe (hope I'm correct here) that Mills canvas equipment was discontinued, in favor a Florida fabricator/vendor, pricing probably being an issue. This is not to imply, however, that Mills couldn't design, or haven't already designed, canvas for some of the newer Whalers. Perhaps one should contact them for availability. I am not familiar with the quality of the new Whaler vendor's quality, but exceeding Mill's high quality DESIGN and workmanship would be tough!!
Ed Stone posted 10-03-2000 09:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ed Stone  Send Email to Ed Stone     
When I do finally puchase a 23 Whaler I
intend on getting the optional sun lounge
for the bow and the contacting Mills to
see if they make a forward shelter(dodger)
for the Scott Wood designed 23 Outrage.
I admired all the classic Whalers with
the forward shelters in the NC pictures.
Dick posted 10-05-2000 10:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
As an ex Whaler dealer parts manager I have tried many canvas manufacturers and Mills comes out way ahead of all. They have been doing it longer than anyone.
Dick
blackdog posted 10-06-2000 09:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog  Send Email to blackdog     
Great Lakes makes the sun top that came with the Dauntless, A mere $777.61 option. I spoke to Leslie at Mills yesterday and she explained the quality of their product. I hope the Great Lakes sun top holds up for a couple of years! I am not sure what type of material it is. Sounds like it is worth the investment to go with the Mills Mooring Cover so you can use it winter and summer. Am I correct?
bigz posted 10-06-2000 09:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
BD -- probably as a combo you can't beat Mills --

As I said the Fisher covers are darn near the best you can buy for long term storage and winter protection --- folks like them since they cover almost all the hull topsides particularly if you do your clean up in the Fall, the topsides will look just as you left them --- nice clean and polished ---

Go with Mills on the Dauntless would be my recommendation for what it's worth -- Tom

PS did my dear Leslie quote you a cover price? Bet it's close to Fishers if not more --- heh heh

Petero posted 10-06-2000 10:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for Petero  Send Email to Petero     
I bought a full cover for my 18 Outrage from coversearch.com last year for $200. It is a full storage cover , including motor hood. It was a stock item that was a little baggy, so I sent it back to them with pictures and the did a little nip and tuck and now it fits like a custom cover. It is a heavey canvas and so far I'm pleased.
blackdog posted 10-06-2000 12:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog  Send Email to blackdog     
Bigz
I bit the bullet and ordered the Mills Mooring cover in Captain’s Blue (Sporty). It came in little less than twice the price of a Fisher Cover. Of course it is made of Sunbrella not Cotton so twice the life. Also ordered the Console cover and Reversible Pilot seat cover - - In for a Penny in for a pound. Lead-time is good at 10 days or so. Fisher was running 4 – 6 weeks lead-time.

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