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Milepost43 posted 01-24-2004 08:07 AM ET (US)   Profile for Milepost43   Send Email to Milepost43  
Have ordered 220 Dauntless and need advice about what/who makes covers for trailering. SHould I go for complete cover or just console, motor, seats, etc? Thanks.
lakeman posted 01-25-2004 07:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for lakeman  Send Email to lakeman     
I have a 18 Dauntless, and had a cover made for it at a cost of $500. It is trailerable but I never use it for that purpose, I think it would shorten the life of it. I also had a console cover made($100) and use it for overnight docking when it will rain and I do not trailer it with it on, I guess I could. If you go with the console cover make sure you have all the gagets, antenna, etc in place before you have it made, this also goes for the boat. I will have a cover made for the seat behind the helm, I forget what it is called,it will leak when it rains.
The covers were made from sumbrella and from a local canvas place.
I just reread the info, sorry to ramble, too early on Sunday to think.
Steve M posted 01-26-2004 09:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Steve M  Send Email to Steve M     

I would say that the method of covering is somewhat of a personal choice. Where are you going to store the boat? (e.g. under a tree? under a overhang? out in the open?) How hard would you find manipulating a big, all boat cover (admittedly the Sunbrella variants are fairly light compared to the old cotton canvas) versus a leaning post cover and a console cover. For example if my boat were stored under an overhang, such as at a covered dock, then I would probably go with the console covers and leaning post cover. Depending on how much money you want to spend I could make a case for having one of everything (during regular boating season use the leaning post/console covers, and then when the boat isn't used for long periods go with the full cover). Taking a full cover on and off is going to take some of the fun out of boating, but it depends on individual preference and how often you use the boat.

For my 22 Dauntless I brought the "semi-custom" cover from the iboats mega mall for $721, the Hurricane boat tie down kit for $19.80 (If I had to do over I would probably by two kits, because the single kit will leave you two straps short), and the custom cover for Yamaha four stroke for $76.80(I have the mercury four stroke, and I did not see one for that model at the time). Grand total with shipping was $831.67. I have a fishing package on my boat, so it has the side rails but no bow rail. This standard cover fits pretty well and the tie down system so far seems worth the money. It is cut around the motor well, and does not cover the motor. It does not go very far down the sides, maybe covering half of the Whaler logo. So far I have been taking the trolling motor off before covering. But with the slop in the bow area of the cover because my boat doesn’t have a bow rail I could probably get away with leaving it in place. They claim it is trailerable, but I normally take it off the boat, roll it up loosely and stick it in the back of the truck before leaving home. As long as the wind is not blowing I can uncover the boat in about 5 minutes and cover it in about 10 minutes. These times are aided by the quick disconnect strapping system (basically nylon straps that attach to the cover through built in attachment points, and you loop the straps around the trailer and then snap them closed. There is an adjustment capability that you will use the first time, and from then on you basically snap the straps on and off). Of course, there are other ways to hold the cover on, for example if you weren't trailering, you could use the weight/little sandbags type system. I grew up with the mentality that you didn't spend $800 bucks on a cover and would instead buy a giant tarplin from a surplus store and just cocoon the boat in the winter. But if you want to trailer with the cover on I think you are going to have to fork over the cash.

The engine cover is a bit of a disappointment (covers so little) for the money, and I not sure it fits the way it would on a Yamaha.

Before you buy anything I would check out the canvas options on the Mills Canvas website. In the details for one of their many products for the 220 dauntless they have pictures of the leaning post covers, console covers, and my favorite, a forward shelter for the 220. As always I look forward to hearing of your decisions and experiences.

Milepost43 posted 01-27-2004 06:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for Milepost43  Send Email to Milepost43     
Steve, thanks for info. tried Google search but couldn't find Mills website. Do you have link? Thanks. Allen
Steve M posted 01-28-2004 07:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for Steve M  Send Email to Steve M     
I can't paste a direct link to the good pictures, but if you start at the webaddress below and work your way through menus and drop downs =>Enter, Whaler Canvas, Products, Dauntless, 22 Dauntless, Suntop/W Boot W/stainless steel frame, you can get there.

ocuyler posted 01-28-2004 02:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for ocuyler  Send Email to ocuyler     

I bought the Mills cover for my new 16 Dauntless. It is of the highest quality and fits like a glove. I have towed several hundred miles with it at highway speeds and find I only needed to add 2 bungees at the bow to keep it taught.

The Mills cover is the factory option and designed specifically for your boat. It might cost a liitle more, but trust me, it's worth it.

JohnJ80 posted 01-28-2004 09:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJ80  Send Email to JohnJ80     
I absolutely concur about Mills Canvas. The fit is perfect and you can tow at highway speeds no problem.


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