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Barney posted 12-23-2003 06:20 PM ET (US)   Profile for Barney   Send Email to Barney  
Based on the Whaler knowledge from here, I ordered a mooring cover today from Mills for my Montauk. I also bought a navy color "Ice Bag".

My only purchase was going to be the "Ice Bag". While discussing the "Ice Bag" purchase I requested a mooring cover quote from the man on the other end of the phone line. After 10% discount it came $630 plus shipping. I asked for the man's name, the reply was Bob Mills. There was no one else there and Bob had answered the phone. Real nice guy. He went over the specifics of the installation and reinforcing in the cover. Thanks again guys for the help.

Merry Christmas. Jim

kamie posted 12-23-2003 06:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for kamie  Send Email to kamie     
That is called service :)


Holy Cow posted 12-24-2003 07:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for Holy Cow  Send Email to Holy Cow     
I had to ask! I purchased a DarkBlue cover from Boat Covers! They said the cover is a sunbrella fabric. It cost $388.00 total and is for the 170 Montauk. What is the differnece between the Mills and this one? Merry Christmas. HC
Barney posted 12-24-2003 08:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for Barney  Send Email to Barney     
HC, I just looked at the website. It looks like the attachment setup is different. The Mills leaves the bowrails exposed and can be clipped directly to the boat with no straps. The Mills website has the details. Happy Holidays. Jim
kingfish posted 12-24-2003 08:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     

Bob ranges around there more than you would think (must be a busy guy). He has helped me more than once, and is always friendly and courteous, and as you would expect, knowledgable.

Holy Cow-

Mills covers are custom made, exactly for the dimensions of your boat, and as Barney mentioned, they go around the bowrail stanchions so they are not as prone to collect water (or snow) forward of the console. They have a proprietary gunwale clip system combined with a draw-cord to keep them in place. With additional straps and/or bungees they can be used as trailering covers at ludicrous speeds.


Buckda posted 12-24-2003 09:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
I drive so fast with mine, it's gone plaid.

All joking aside - it hardly moves at highway speed.

I love my mooring cover for my 15' Sport (from Mills). The reinforcements are in all the right places and those clips make it very easy to take the cover off (or put it back on) while the boat is still in the water, or on the trailer. Fits like a glove.


NFORKFISHEAD posted 12-24-2003 09:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for NFORKFISHEAD  Send Email to NFORKFISHEAD     
I live 5 minutes from Mills and can tell you that as courteous and friendly on the phone Bob is, he is just as professional and friendly in person. I've used them to replace and fix the enclosure on my non-whaler and the quality of work is superb. They might be a little more pricewise, but like a whaler the finished product is top notch. As a "sideline member" I've thoroughly enjoyed reading the wealth of information on this site. Thank you JimH and all. I hope to join you as a whaler owner in the near future, but until then,Happy Holidays to everyone.


Barney posted 02-01-2004 08:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barney  Send Email to Barney     
It's half-time.
I've updated my website in my profile to show the Mills Mooring cover pictures. Fairly easy to install the screw on clips and the cover. Now, the next question. How to clip on the final stern tie-off on the boat, while on the boat lift? Without me falling in the water. Haven't done that yet, wish me luck. Jim
erik selis posted 02-02-2004 06:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for erik selis  Send Email to erik selis     
Nice looking cover Barney. Looks like it's really top quality. I think I'll also get myself one like yours. I had one custom made over here but I'm not satisfied with it.
Is it a standard Mills mooring cover for the 170 Montauk?
Did anything come loose when towing behind the truck?

Btw, you have done some really super modifications to your boat. Great job!


Barney posted 02-02-2004 07:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for Barney  Send Email to Barney     
Thanks Erik. The cover worked fine on the highway test. It is a standard 170 Montauk cover from Mills with no modifications. Jim
Moe posted 02-02-2004 10:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
That has been my second biggest concern with the Mills cover is how it will hold on at 70-75 mph.

The first is having to drill holes in the boat to mount permanent hooks under the rub rail. Not sure that's any worse than having straps down to the trailer beating on the gel coat, though.

Still not sure which route I'll take.


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