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RLSmith posted 04-29-2003 10:16 AM ET (US)   Profile for RLSmith   Send Email to RLSmith  
I recently purchased a 2000 Dauntless 16'. As I was about to drive away, the prior owner remembered it had been delivered from the dealer with a boat cover. He had never used the cover because the boat was garaged. I have some questions about the cover.

1. Is it a BW/Mills cover? I cannot find any identifying tags. The blue cover is an exact color and fabric match for the bimini top/boot. The cover fits snugly to just below the rub rail, and is secured at the stern with a 3/8" line folded into the perimeter. There are several areas of reinforcement and double-stitching, including the area covering the grab rail at the top of the center console. There are also some triangular flaps with grommets (circular) around the perimeter, presumably to secure with lines across the bottom of the boat.

2. Is it waterproof or just intended to keep leaves etc. out? I have heard people discuss sunbrella but I have no idea what this looks like. This sounds like a dumb question but the material doesn't look waterproof, yet pooled some water following a recent rain.

3. Is it OK to keep a waterproof cover over a boat parked in the driveway, or will this trap moisture and corrode instruments, etc.

4. The boat is equipped with the fishing package, which deletes the bow rail. I plan to install a bow rail to keep my children in the boat. I am guessing the cover will no longer fit. Are there separate covers for the same boat with/without bow rail? I really don't want to write the check for a new cover ($$$) in addition to the bow rail.

Thanks.

Marlin posted 04-29-2003 12:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marlin  Send Email to Marlin     
RL,

1) The Mills cover has a prominent tag on it, I forget exactly where- I think it's either right at the bow or along the transom. It also has bungee hold-downs built into it that loop over stainless hooks that you install below the rubrail. Sounds like yours is probably not Mills.

2) In my previous experience with Sunbrella and similar fabrics (Top Gun?), they do a pretty good job keeping water out as long as it will shed off the cover. Pooled water will eventually seep through.

3) Don't worry, that's what it's for. My daysailer cover has some vents sewn into it, but frankly it just gives a place for the darn squirrels to get into.

4) Mills makes 2 versions of the cover, 1 with bowrail and 1 without. They're both about $600, which is a little less than I payed for a custom cover for my 16' daysailer. I can't see how the 2 covers could be interchangeable, unless you were to have a canvas shop sew in some slots so that your cover would go right past the bowrail legs right along the deck. Of course, the draw-string approach wouldn't work too well anymore, but maybe some snaps or hooks-and-bungee like Mills would be okay.

-Bob

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