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Beaner posted 02-27-2003 07:18 PM ET (US)   Profile for Beaner   Send Email to Beaner  
Does anyone with a 2002+ 170 use a Mills Mooring Cover? I am trying to order one through the dealer (same price as Mills) but they want to charge me one hour labor at a ridiculous rate to make adjustments on the cover. I would assume the cover comes ready to go! I am trying to figure out if the dealer is looking to take me over the coals in this tough economy? Any help would be appreciated.
lhg posted 02-27-2003 07:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I installed the Mills mooring cover on my 25 Outrage myself. It is now 13 years old! Mills will give you complete instructions on how to do it, and the necessary parts. My installation required mounting little hooks under the gunwales. (See photo Cetacea Page 11) Go for it, you made the right choice in buying this!
andygere posted 02-27-2003 08:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
We installed the Mills cover on my Dad's '99 Dauntless 16 ourselves, opting not to use the stainless hooks since it is a trailer boat. No big deal, do it yourself.
James posted 02-27-2003 09:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for James  Send Email to James     
Beaner:

I have a Mills mooring cover for my 170 Montauk. It was dealer installed and the cost was factored in with all the other stuff that I ordered. The mooring cover has snaps, cords, etc. The snaps screw in the top of the hull all around the boat. However, they are not really noticeable.

The next time that I use my mooring cover will be my first. Instead, I much prefer to use a Sunbrella snap-on/zipper-lock cover for the cooler/console/RPS made by the Pelican Harbor Marina shop. Goes right around the VHF antenna mount. It is simple and quick to use and I use it for everything. Winter-storage shink-wrapping is thrown in by my marina if you sign up early, which I did. Perhaps I would use the mooring cover on a long distance trip somewhere, but for what I generally do, the console cover is much easier.

James.

Beaner posted 02-28-2003 08:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for Beaner  Send Email to Beaner     

My boat will be sitting in my driveway when I'm not using it. Since there are alot of trees around, I figured the Mills cover would be my best bet. It sounds like there is some hardware to install, so I will most likely let the dealer do it since I am a boat novice for now. Thanks to all that replied.
bobeson posted 02-28-2003 06:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for bobeson  Send Email to bobeson     

I bought the Mills mooring cover for my 2003 170, and I had the dealer install the hooks because they already had the boat in for engine service. It looks like it would be an easy job, but I like to think they'll do a better job of it than I would.

I also use my cover for storing the boat in my driveway, and it seems to work well for the task. It does get pretty dirty, as it's sitting under a tree, and I've heard that might be a problem for the long-term durability of Sunbrella. Time will tell, I suppose.

James, did you say you have snaps, and not hooks, that attaches your Mills mooring cover? I haven't heard of these yet. Mine has hooks installed on the boat under the rub rail, and small elastic cords which attach to the hooks. No snaps at all. Are you sure your cover is a Mills? Did they make a design change recently?

lhg posted 02-28-2003 06:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I had the same thought regarding Mill's use of snaps for the cover, screwed into the hull sides. I have never seen a Mills cover done that way.

I wonder if it is a Boston Whaler cover (they don't use Mills), but not a Mills cover?

James posted 02-28-2003 07:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for James  Send Email to James     
Sorry for my mispeak. It is a Mills cover and it has stainless hooks not press-on snaps. The cover cord "snaps" into the hooks.

James.

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