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Bill Davis posted 12-30-2000 09:39 AM ET (US)   Profile for Bill Davis   Send Email to Bill Davis  
I must keep my new 13 outdoors and need a trailerable cover. I have seen a few net sites that sell custom fit covers, but they are expensive. Some us fancy new fabrics that are made for sun, etc. Any experiences to share with this new, first-time owner??


kingfish posted 12-30-2000 10:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     

My strong recommendation (probably echoed by most anyone here who has bought their products) is Mills Canvas, Long Island, NY. Go to the Whaler Radio section of this forum and scroll through - you will find an interview with Jamie Mills and a link for the Mills website.

Mills' products are sometimes seemingly more expensive than some others, but they are custom made for Whalers. For *many* years, Mills canvas wa what you got when you ordered canvas through Boston Whaler. Mills now sells direct to customers.

My only caveat, not knowing whether your 13 is brand spanking new, or new to you, is whether Mills has a pattern for the newest 13 or not. they probably do, just call them at the number on their website, and ask Leslie.

Good luck-


Dick posted 12-30-2000 06:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I agree with kingfish the Mills covers are the best but spendy.
I use a cover made by Westland in Phoenix, AZ on my Montauk. They pattern the boats so the fit is custom and offer three fabric options to fit any budjet. Your local marine dealer should be able to assist you.
whalernut posted 12-30-2000 10:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Bill, I know that Boston Whaler made both the `13 GLS and the `13 Sport in 2000, so if it is a new 2000 `13 GLS than Mills has what you want, if the new `13 Sport I`m not sure. Good luck-Jack Graner.
Bill Davis posted 12-31-2000 05:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bill Davis  Send Email to Bill Davis     
I bought it used. It was new in may. The paperwork indicates it is a 2000 Sport 13, not a GLS. I must admit, this is confusing to me.

One complaint I have heard is that a trailering cover from Mills has a space at the stern, to somehow accomodate the motor, that collects water, leaves, etc. I must admit confusion here, too.

I will be keeping this baby in hot and humid weather, parked under the sun or the pine trees.

whalernut posted 12-31-2000 06:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Bill, the `13 Sport and the `13 GLS are very different animals, one example is the `13 Sport has a v-hull and the `13 GLS has a tri-hull. `13 Sport is a new model, while the `13 GLS is the original(close too) design from 1958! My Mills cover does have a gap in the back and does collect and let rain water in, this is the only thing I don`t like about it, on the other hand it does allow the boat to breath. It sounds like the cover you`re talking about is when the boat is in you`re yard on a trailer, in this case any cover protecting the boat from the weather, sun, and debris would be fine. At first I thought you were talking about a mooring cover? Maybee you just need a good road(trailering)/storage cover? Regards-Jack Graner.
kingfish posted 12-31-2000 08:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     

I had a Mills mooring/trailering cover for one of my Montauks, and it had sort of a semi-circle of slightly looser fabric sewn in at the stern directly on front of the motor, that, when the rest of the top was stretched tight, drooped just a little towards the stern with the obvious design to direct rain water into the motor well. It worked well in that regard, but since it couldn't really be completely tightened up, it eventually frayed from flapping in the slip stream created by some of my ludicrous speed trailering. I had a local canvas shop replace the semi-circle with heavy guage vinyl of the same royal blue color, put a couple grommets onto the trailing edge, and was able to keep it tight by bungeeing the grommets over the transom to the lower unit. Worked just fine.

I don't know if that is the sort of thing you are describing or not...

I have a "custom Whaler" cover from Overton's, made around Detroit somewhere, on my Outrage 22' only because Mills doesn't have a cover for my particular configuration, and it is OK, but it is not a Mills. It is made from Sundura rather than Sunbrella, and even with extra reinforcing doesn't hold up to the slip stream like the Mills did.

whalernut posted 12-31-2000 09:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
John, I can attest too you`re speedy driving, whew! Remember I had to follow you about 20 miles to Gull Lake, we past everyone!HE-HE! It seems that you kid youreself about this in alot of you`re posts, it`s kind of like me about my eating habits and large frame!HE-HE! Anyway I may be slightly large(ala John Candy)!, but people who know me call me Grandma for my speed limit Driving. I`ve never had a ticket and have a CDL liscence too, I thunk it keeps me more honest. John, I can`t believe Mills doesnt make a mooring cover for you`re `22 Outrage? I thought maybee even a custom order? Regards-Jack Graner.
lhg posted 01-07-2001 07:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
If you think the Kingfish is fast in a car, you should try keeping up to him in his 22 Outrage! Nobody on the Rendezvous was even able to keep up as he he led around to the various sights. He said it was his GPS, but now I'm beginning to wonder!
kingfish posted 01-07-2001 08:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Well, you know, I've got places to go, things to do, people to meet...
dchris2 posted 01-29-2001 09:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for dchris2  Send Email to dchris2     
Cabella's has one in the catalogue. I'm more interested in the Mills' shelter for the fall. Would love to hear stories before committing $
bigz posted 01-30-2001 08:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    

Why don't you give Mills a call and see exactly what they have to offer for your 2001 ---

The dodger would or could be used more than just the Fall, it affords excellent spray protection when the water kicks up and of course the flying top helps ward off nasty sunburn --
The weather curtains and windshield would help for the early and late part of the season but you wouldn't have to order them until you really felt a need ---

Mills can be reached at 1- 800-477-1535

Just some thoughts you might consisder Tom

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