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BWdaunt18 posted 04-16-2003 04:55 PM ET (US)   Profile for BWdaunt18   Send Email to BWdaunt18  
I am having difficulty locating a mooring cover for a daunt 18. Anyone know of a source? Nothing suitable found in Cabelas or Bass Pro.
fjjpal posted 04-16-2003 10:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for fjjpal  Send Email to fjjpal
I am a rookie but I have been reading these postings for weeks and it seems that the guys that know their stuff all swear by Mills covers. I think they are the OEM. I need one too but they are pricey. I gave you the site. Good luck.
fjjpal posted 04-16-2003 10:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for fjjpal  Send Email to fjjpal     
I just called Overtons for the both of us. In their 2003 Spring Master Catalogue page 132. Hurricane covers come in Sharkskin and Sunbrella. I didn't know the year of your boat so I asked for everything they listed.
Here it is:
18' Dauntless 1998- $357 for the Sharkskin
$618 for the Sunbrella
1999- $325 for the Sharkskin
$564 for the Sunbrella
Takes 3-5 weeks to make and deliver.
Maybe one of you veterans could tell me if Hurricanes are any good and if this Sharkskin material is something to consider.
aubv posted 04-17-2003 08:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     
Try Taylor Made.

I've had one of their covers for a '96 17' OR for 4-5 years. My boat is always covered when not in use. It has held up well and the little plastic piece to hold the draw string tight, can't get any more simple. One tip, get a piece of the brown pipe insulation to cover any railing that is over your wind screen, while the cover has padding in this location the pipe insulation offers additional protection to the cover and the railing.

Bigshot posted 04-17-2003 01:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Sharkskin is basically grey canvas. Not pretty being grey but tough. Sunbrella is lighter and comes in a variety of colors but may not last as long....maybe it will. My sharkskin I have on my 24 Baja is over 11 years old and still in fine shape. I had it totally restitched about 6 years ago for $75 with better thread which is still going strong. For the price difference, I would get the sharkskin.
BWdaunt18 posted 04-17-2003 06:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for BWdaunt18  Send Email to BWdaunt18     
Thanks for your responses. I oredered a cover last year, I will pull my paperwork, but it may be from the same source as teh reference to sharkskin and sunbrella is very familiar. I ordered mine in maroon.

THe cover was marketed as a trailer/mooring cover. It comes with black nylon straps that secure it to teh trailer and a draw cord that runs teh entire cover perimiter and secures in the stern.

The cover looks and works great but it is difficult to secure and install it as a mooring cover.

Another point to mention. The ends of the black straps will blow in the wind while trailering and leave black marks on your hull. I have secured mine with velcro.

If cover details are desired (price/sourceor photos)please e-mail.


RobTWake posted 04-18-2003 05:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for RobTWake  Send Email to RobTWake     
I just purchased a new Dauntless 160 and had been looking for a cover for a couple of months.

I was seriously considering a Mills cover since they are mentioned within the Whaler forums as the best, and they have had a long relationship with Boston Whaler.

I decided against Mills for a personal reason...I just couldn't come to grips with drilling holes in the outer skin for snaps or hooks. I am sure there are some other new boat owners that can sympathize with my reservations.

I purchased a Sunbrella cover from for just over $400.00 with shipping and hold down straps included. The cover arrived via UPS in about nine days, just as they had indicated. The tag on the cover indicates that it is manufactured by Carver. I'm no expert on covers, but the construction appears solid and they put a reinforcement where the cover lays over the center console rail. There are securing loops about every two feet and a rope within a sleeve around the perimeter to make it snug.

At this point I am satisfied with the cover, although it has been only three days I can't vouch for the durability over the long haul. If tight, straight seams and double stitching means anything then I would think it should last. The Sunbrella fabric speaks for itself.

Hope this helps! Happy Whalerin'


JohnJ80 posted 04-18-2003 06:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJ80  Send Email to JohnJ80     
I purchased a cover through Boat US 18 months ago - one of the top of the line ones. It has already sun rotted through (and that is up here in Minnesota!).

Even though it was supposed to have been made to fit the D15 that I have, it never fit right.

I learned my lesson. I am going to buy the Mills Canvas cover that was specifically made for the whaler that I own. After looking at the fit of my cover, and its longevity, the one from Mills looks far, far better. A case of 'you get what you pay for.'

I'll advise after I have had it for a while.


whalernut posted 04-19-2003 08:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
The one thing I did notice is that with the newer Whalers, when they change to the larger all black rubrail, Mill`s don`t make the covers with the D clips, you have to screw hooks into your gelcoat, Mill`s must have figured to much money to make newer larger D clips? Anyway, I wouldn`t screw hooks into a foam filled hull either, but if done right and sealed well it should be fine, I just don`t trust ME doing it right :) I really do love my Mill`s cover for my 1973 `16 Currituck, it was worth the money in my book. Jack.
Beaner posted 04-19-2003 09:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for Beaner  Send Email to Beaner     
I recently purchased Mills Cover for new 170. The little hooks that must be installed are barely noticeable and really help the speed in which the cover can be put on and removed. I can get me cover on and off in a matter of minutes. The quality is definitely top notch. One thing though is that I don't think it will work well as a winter cover. It's design makes it better for season use and not for storage. Will have to find something else for the snow!
whalernut posted 04-19-2003 11:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Yea, the D clip style cover takes me about 15-20 minutes and that is in the middle of the season after doing it awhile, it is kind of a pain, but a necessary evil :) Jack.
half shell posted 04-26-2003 08:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for half shell  Send Email to half shell     
For my 1982 and 1995 Montauk I ordered the sundura blue custom cover from overtons.It survived our miserable cold snow ridden New England in like new condition.
I hope to be able to take it off and launch soon.
Regards Bob
Jimm posted 04-26-2003 11:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jimm    
"I recently purchased Mills Cover for new 170......One thing though is that I don't think it will work well as a winter cover. It's design makes it better for season use and not for storage. Will have to find something else for the snow!"

Beaner, please elaborate. Why no good for snow?...Jim

RobTWake posted 04-27-2003 10:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for RobTWake  Send Email to RobTWake     

I would think the cover I purchased from would be fine for winter...the buckle straps (comes with twelve) snugs the top down tight...the manufacturer (Carver Ind.) indicates you can even trailer with the cover on. They also included an outboard cover.

Many people I know in Michigan have their boats shrink wrapped, I think I will try that next winter...prices seemed reasonable. They put some sort of desicant in the boat before they wrap it to reduce the chance of mildew. I figured it would keep my Sunbrella cover looking good longer.



Beaner posted 04-27-2003 09:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Beaner  Send Email to Beaner     

Unfortuntely we got hit in the NE with a late snow storm this year. The snow was wet and heavy. The canvas top could not handle the weight of the snow even though it was only 5 or so inches. This year we had at least three storms over 12 inches with one topping 25". The canvas just can't handle the weight. Plus, there are openings in the cover which allow moisture in the boat. I'm sure in the winter a small animal could probably live in the boat and get in and out through the cover. The day it snowed I ( and the wife) were out there brushing the snow of the cover and it still kinda collapsed. Probably better off using a standard tarp for winter storage since I don't think the Mills was designed for that use. Great cover for seasonal use (really quick on and off and it keeps the leaves out and bird poop off the boat), but not a long-term winter style (NE winter) cover.

Holy Cow posted 05-27-2003 03:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Holy Cow  Send Email to Holy Cow     
Does Overton have a Montauk 170 Cover available for the 2002 or 2003 models??? HC
Holy Cow posted 05-27-2003 10:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Holy Cow  Send Email to Holy Cow     
Does Overton have a Montauk 170 Cover available??? I called and they said the covers are for the '98- 2000 Montauks!!! What is available for the Montauk 170??? HC

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