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Mills Cover on 150 Sport
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posted 04-04-2004 06:52 PM ET (US)
Here's another goodie I just bought for the 150, a Mills Towing/Mooring Cover. It's just on there for fit and I still have to install the hooks under the gunwales. Mills also recommended tie-down straps for towing at Interstate speeds. I'm going to run four from the front loops down to the tongue, and two on each side, down to the steps in front of and behind each trailer fender. Hopefully, that should be enough.
There's stainless tubing sewn in along the centerline in the middle, with hinged, rubber-tipped adjustable-length legs that run down to the cockpit sole, to give give the cover height in the center.
And there are black vinyl patches at the bow that can be cut to run mooring lines through from the bow cleat.
Expensive, but worth it.
posted 04-04-2004 07:12 PM ET (US)
Where did you buy the Mills cover, was it custom made for your 150 Sport?
You have made some great improvements to your Whaler.
Did you get the gas tank mats to pervent the tanks from sliding? Is it necessary to use fasteners in additon to the tank mat?
Thanks for sharing your ideas and experiences on this forum.
posted 04-04-2004 07:51 PM ET (US)
Looks nice Moe. A different design from the 170 Mills cover. Over the rail. Jim
posted 04-04-2004 07:55 PM ET (US)
Rob, You get the cover directly from Mills,
The gas tank mats are Whaler items. I got them to help prevent the tanks from moving, however, I'm not sure they're worth it since they are sized for the old 12 gallon metal tanks, and really too large for the 6 gallon tanks. I have not fastened them down and won't even if I make cut-outs for the strap eyes in them.
I have also purchased the Whaler dual horn and stainless cover to mount on the front of the console, and a horn button.
With the electrics I'm adding, radio, horn, sounder, compass light, and lighter outlet, I've acquired a six-position Blue Sea Systems ST blade-type fuse holder with common negative bus block to mount under the console, rather than try to run everything to the battery terminal.
I got it, and 25' each of red and black tinned wiring, and appropriate terminals from shipstore.com where I also purchased the Thetford 735 Porta-Potti and Davis Emergency radar reflector. Had good service from them so far.
If you haven't seen them, I have three pages of 150 pictures daisy-chained here:
Let me STRONGLY advise you to take a basic boating course, such as the US Power Squadron's BoatSmart course. And boating alone, I strongly encourage you to get a PFD you'll wear 100% of the time, such SOSpenders or inflatable fanny pack, and ALWAYS have kill switch lanyard attached to you when the motor's in gear.
posted 04-04-2004 08:00 PM ET (US)
Yeah, Jim, like on the 190 with its shorter rails. Guess the tall Montauk rails would result in too much frontal area for them to do that with its cover.
posted 04-04-2004 09:47 PM ET (US)
Whoops. My pages of pictures are at:
posted 04-05-2004 09:53 AM ET (US)
The Mills cover looks great! Don't forget to secure the two lines (on either side of the outboard) to keep the rear part of the cover from flapping. From my experience, a great deal of lift/buffeting is generated in this area. On my cover (non-Mills) I had to add grommets with lines attached to the steering tubes to prevent the rear of the cover from coming loose.
posted 04-05-2004 01:23 PM ET (US)
Thanks, Steve, that's good to know. I would've secured them before towing, but wouldn't have thought that area was that critical. I'll pay particular attention now. Sure don't want them beating up the motor cowling!
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