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andygere posted 07-20-2001 02:16 PM ET (US)   Profile for andygere   Send Email to andygere  
My dad just purchased a 2000 Dauntless 16 and is looking for a cover. Does anyone own a Mills or other brand for this boat, and if so, how was the fit, quality and price?
blackdog posted 07-20-2001 03:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog  Send Email to blackdog     
I have the Mooring cover for my Dauntless from Mills. It fits Great / perfect and is of the best quality. You will however pay dearly for this quality. I think it was around $700. I also got the Console cover, which I am not so happy with. It does not extend down the whole console and you really have no way of knowing that until it comes.
Mills has limited information on their products but they are very nice. I would not have bought from them unless I got recommendations form other on this site
I have a picture, I send to you.

Blackdog

Barnett Childress posted 07-25-2001 02:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barnett Childress  Send Email to Barnett Childress     
Andy,
I had a custom Sunbrella fabric cover made up by a local canvas shop for my 16 Dauntless when I had her. Price was about $450.
Barnett
B Bear posted 09-21-2001 09:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for B Bear  Send Email to B Bear     
Andy,
I am bring this back up since I am now in the market for a cover for the coming off-season. I was wondering what did your Dad decided on, and if he is happy with his choice.
In fact any feedback about cover materials, and covers would be appriciated.

I have not checked on a local Canvas shop yet, I have a feeling the ones around here can be quite expensive.

I checked with Mills and got a price of $626 for sunbrella.

Ameracover also has a custom sunbrella 9.5 oz for $442.95 add the support pole, sinch and shipping ~$500

WestMarine has a Taylormade Hot Shot custom, 7.25 oz urethane coated polyseter for $327.78 with a free support pole.

I am not sure about the Mills, but the other two have a 5-year limited warranty.

Is the heavier Sunbrella (100% Acrylic) worth the extra money?

Thanks,
Bear

lhg posted 09-21-2001 10:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
From day one I have used a Mills mooring cover on mine, outside 365 days a year, 13 years now, and still going strong! They are the best! I had some stitching redone a few weeks ago, and the local people sewed their label right over the Mills label. So they must have thought it was deserving of their name!

I use spray-on Starbright silicone waterproofing about once a year. Takes about 2 gallons! Also, about every 3 years, the cover should be completed washed and scrubbed to remove embedded dirt, then re-waterproofed.

B Bear posted 09-21-2001 10:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for B Bear  Send Email to B Bear     
Thanks Larry for the quick reply.
Bear
andygere posted 09-24-2001 12:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
My dad looked into most of the options out there, and since he was able to "borrow" a garage for the winter, he hasn't purchased a cover yet. I'm pretty sure he is going to order a Mills, and it sounds like on a dollars/year basis it is the best value.
B Bear posted 09-24-2001 07:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for B Bear  Send Email to B Bear     
Thanks Andy,
I had indoor storage last year and it will cost $500 for me to do it again. I know the cover will protect the boat during the summer also, which would be the right thing to do.

I am not sure if LHG's cover is also Sunbrella at 12 years old. I thought Sunbrella is a fairly recent (last 6-7 years) fabric. He has taken very good care of it and in turn it has taken good care of his boats. It is a true testament to the quality of a Mills cover. I am sure that everything LHG has is of top quality and well cared for.

I have seen a picture of Blackdog's mooring cover, and it is very nice. The only thing I would like to see is a longer skirt along the hull, since I am storing my boat on the trailer and not in the water. The Mills cover attaches to the rubrail with clips and leaves the hull exposed. Of course the hull will not suffer from direct sunlight as much as the cockpit.

You are right in that I am looking at a cost-effective way to protect my boat; maybe I will be able to examine a Mills cover stitching before ordering. If the materials are the same this is where the difference will be. I would also like to be able to cover as much of the hull as possible. If this becomes a true custom cover it may become too costly. I will e-mail Mills and ask.

Thanks again,
Bear


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