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jcswpa posted 05-28-2004 11:45 AM ET (US)   Profile for jcswpa   Send Email to jcswpa  
Before I spend $930 for a cover on my 22 dauntless, wanted to know if there are any good alternatives... At least if not, no buyer's remorse.
Divedog posted 05-28-2004 01:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Divedog  Send Email to Divedog     
Absolutely. I have a Westland cover I ordered from iboats.com. It's marketed under the 'Hurricane' name and is constructed with the same Sunbrella material as the Mills. It was about $500 for my 170 Montauk. It secures with a 1/4" drawcord which works really slick for mooring or parking in the driveway. For highway travel you attach straps down to the trailer. My cover also goes over the bow rail, which I like. I'm not sure what they have for your boat, but the cover I purchased is custom cut to the Montauk and fits great. Also, I purchased the optional 'cincher' which is a small rachets that tightens the drawcord and holds it without tying knots. You need two of them, one for each side. I didn't realize this and only ordered one, but I found another one at Home Depot.
I know people love their Mills covers but I'm really glad I didn't spend the extra money and drill a bunch of hole in my boat to attach the cover. My BW dealer suggested the Westland.
Hope this helps.
Moe posted 05-28-2004 02:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
I had mixed feelings about the more expensive Mills vs the Hurricane cover, since we needed both a parking/mooring cover as well as a trailering cover.

I really didn't want to install the cover hooks, as shown here on Barney's 170:

http://myweb.cableone.net/barney9014/images/17/15.jpg

but on the other hand, there's no way I could strap a cover to the trailer without the traps rubbing on the hull along the chines, or flapping against the gunwales.

In the end, we opted for the Mills cover and drilled the holes for the hooks. Installed the hooks with 4200. When towing, the only place I put tie-downs on the cover was across the bow to the winch stand, so there's no rubbing. The hooks are easy to use when installing and removing the cover and there's no way the cover is going to blow off, even if the cord around the perimeter below the rub rail loosens.

While Mills puts the cover under the tall Montauk bow rail, they put it over the shorter bow rails of my 150 Sport and the 190 Nantucket.

It's a tough decision, but that's the way we went, and we're happy with it.

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Moe

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