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whale tauk posted 07-13-2004 01:45 PM ET (US)   Profile for whale tauk   Send Email to whale tauk  
I thought some may want to see a few pictures of a custom cover from Boat Covers Direct. For those not wanting to spend the money for one of those great Mills covers this may be a viable alternative. Time will tell how the stitching and stuff hold up but it seems good.
Camuyano posted 07-13-2004 01:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Camuyano  Send Email to Camuyano
Jim D posted 07-13-2004 04:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jim D  Send Email to Jim D     
Nice pix. Did you order the 11oz poly cotton ($226.30) or the 9.25oz Sunbrella ($407.93) ?
Divedog posted 07-13-2004 06:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Divedog  Send Email to Divedog     
It looks a lot like my 'Hurricane' sunbrella cover from I've sure been happy with mine.
wetdog posted 07-14-2004 09:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for wetdog  Send Email to wetdog     
Get the sunbrella, I bought mine form boatcovers direct and I am very pleased.

whale tauk posted 07-15-2004 07:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for whale tauk  Send Email to whale tauk     
Jim D, I'm glad I ordered the Sunbrella- it really seems like a great fabric. Easy on and off and so far has kept the dirt out and the droppings away. Within a day without the cover the interior was a mess. We don't get much rain in San Diego but is it a good idea to treat the outside with a water repellant?
Jimm posted 07-18-2004 09:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jimm    
I bought mine from Boat Covers Direct also. I find no problem with it and it appears to be well made.
ScottS posted 07-22-2004 03:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for ScottS  Send Email to ScottS     
All new Sunbrella comes treated with a water repellent. Once a year give it a good cleaning and retreat it. Using the wrong cleaner does the most harm. Retreat it with the 303 protectant Sunbrella recommends, which you can get at West Marine. Don't use detergents to clean it, just a mild laundry soap like Ivory Snow. Sunbrella has cleaning instructions on their website ( ).

Since it's made from the same Sunbrella fabric, your cover should hold up as well as the Mills one. If they used cheaper thread you might need to resew some seams years from now. Does it appear to fit well with no tight spots pulling on the seams?


mikeyairtime posted 07-22-2004 03:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for mikeyairtime    
Looks really nice. I just ordered the cotton poly one. My boat is garaged and I just use the cover for the odd trip to the Colorado river so I cheaped out.
pvonk posted 07-30-2004 04:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for pvonk  Send Email to pvonk     
I'm getting my first Montauk in two weeks and have been following countless posts on optional equipment, like covers. My question:

Several folks, including a dealer, have told me not to trailer the boat with a cover; it can cause damage to the boat surface when the cover flaps about. Comments?

I considered getting a cover for if I store the boat next to the house during winter (upstate NY), but I've been told that I need to winterize the engine each fall, and while I'm at it, have it shrink wrapped - i.e. no need to buy a cover. Comments? (And if I store the boat indoors, would I need a cover? I'm getting a console and pilot seat cover for when the boat is in the water at a mooring for extended periods.)

Any comments would be welcomed. Thanks.

Buckda posted 07-30-2004 05:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
pvonk -

If your cover is taut and secured tightly and appropriately, towing with the cover on can help reduce the drag created by your boat and improve your fuel mileage.

There is nothing wrong with towing with a cover on, but you should check to ensure the cover is secure, and double check it at every stop you make.

If it's flapping, it's not a good idea to tow with it on, but really, that's the sign of a quality cover, right? Beyond materials selected, it's the fit!

Get one that fits, and has extra tie-down straps to secure to the boat and the trailer and you should be good to go for trailering.


mikeyairtime posted 07-30-2004 07:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for mikeyairtime    
Buckda is 100% correct. I garage my Montauk so my cover is just for towing. I put a rope in every tie down location and tie it down with truckers knots so I can get it on tight.(No bunge cords!) I keep an eye on it and adjust it as neccessary. It also provides a measure of security by keeping my gear and electronics out of sight on long trips when we stop for gas or food or if I park overnight in a hotel. Out of sight out of mind. It also keeps me from having to wash the dead bugs off the boat when I get there. I had one larger boat with a hard top and a full cover that went over the hard top and I didn't tow with that cover because of the large frontal area and the stress it put on the cover but I've towed with every other cover I've owned. I got mine off and it's custom made for a 170 Montauk at a reasonable price.

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