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Seadweller posted 08-03-2004 04:13 PM ET (US)   Profile for Seadweller  

I am in need of a cover for my new (to me) '01 Whaler 13 Sport. The boat came with a silver cover that's designed to be tied down while on the trailer, but there are two problems with it for my purposes:

1. It's way too loose, and will collect water badly, even when pulled as taught as possible.
2. The boat is on a lift, so getting the cover strapped down would be a project.

What I need is a tight fitting cover that can be easily installed and propped in the middle so water sheds off easily.

Are there any "over the counter" covers that are cut to fit this boat, or will I have to hit the savings account and have one custom made? I'm trying to avoid having snaps screwed in the perimeter of the boat, but we have high winds with thunderstorms around here, and I don't want the cover flying off into the canal.


HuronBob posted 08-03-2004 04:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for HuronBob    
here's a thought.... and folks feel free to let me know if i am WAY off base here...

For the past couple of years my only boat has been a pontoon (bought new, very nice seating, carpet, etc)...but we would avoid using it when it was just a short trip... too much trouble to cover and uncover...

so last week i picked up a brand new '13, and intentionally did NOT get a cover for it....... plan is to leave the plug out, let the rain drain when it needs to, wipe it down once in a while...'s a vote for NO cover.....

anyone think i'm nuts with this?

and, Seadweller, why not a support in the middle of the cover to keep it tight and let it drain?


Buckda posted 08-03-2004 06:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
If the silver cover is not worn out, check out your local canvas shop or boat supply store for a Stainless steel support bar with a snap-button top. You can add a snap to the existing tarp and put the support under it to create a "tent" that sheds the water without letting it sit up too high to catch the wind.

I also think you might be able to go without a cover if you keep it on a lift, but since you already have a cover, the 15 bucks or so for this support bar (with a rubber padded foot) is probably a great short-term and cost-efficient fix for your stated problems. You should also always leave the plug out when it's on the lift anyway.

Hope that helps save you money...and in the meantime, put a mills cover on your Christmas list....or Father's day next summer.



GeneNJ posted 08-03-2004 07:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for GeneNJ  Send Email to GeneNJ     
Why are you covering it? My 130 sits in the water with the plug out and seems to stay in fine shape, save for the always present seagull droppings, washes out nicely. Do have a winter cover that was custom made with three adjustable poles.
Buckda posted 08-03-2004 07:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
I'd always recommend covering your boat if you have one available, or can afford one - even a somewhat inexpensive cover will do.

There are several important reasons, besides the simple "because it's the right thing to do".

1. UV degradation of the gelcoat topsides
2. Reduce chalking/oxidation of the gelcoat
3. Prevent/reduce damage to plastic components; including switches, ignition, remote throttle control, compass, etc.
4. Prevent/reduce UV damage to upholstery
5. Reduce the need for cleanup of bird droppings, grime, etc.
6. 'Out of sight, out of mind' - can reduce the chances of theft if you leave something in your boat

Just my opinion, but spending a couple hundred bucks on a cover is money well spent if you plan to keep the boat for the long haul.



Jarhead posted 08-03-2004 08:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jarhead  Send Email to Jarhead     
You can go to, click on "Boat Covers", scroll down to "Boston Whaler", find your model/year and go from there. :)
Seadweller posted 08-05-2004 04:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Seadweller    
I considered going without a cover, but I'm afraid the rains will take their toll on the gauges and controls. Also, boats in my area get this black film on them, and the only way to get it off is to scrub it with a chemical that strips wax in the process, so the gelcoat is left unprotected in the sun.

The cover I have is very floppy. I actually constructed a device out of PVC that had a rope going from stem to stern, and a rope going from side rail to side rail. It was like a "frame" of sorts. Unfortunately, I never go to experiment with it, 'cause it blew off my dock during our last thunderstorm.

Perhaps I'll try to make the current cover work, using a snap-type center pole.....

Thanks for the input!

ocuyler posted 08-05-2004 09:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for ocuyler  Send Email to ocuyler     
I bought a Mills cover for my 03 Dauntless. Best cover money can buy. Trailers well at high speed, excellent quality and I like having the electronics and gear concealed.

Buy a Mills cover. You can thank me later...

strain posted 08-07-2004 12:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for strain  Send Email to strain     
yep, the Mills cover is the best! fits like a glove and built like a cover should be. it's worth the money.
Seadweller posted 08-10-2004 11:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for Seadweller    
Thanks for the input........Do you have to strap the Mills cover around the bottom of the boat, or does it have sufficient tension around the rub rail to stay put?
strain posted 08-10-2004 12:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for strain  Send Email to strain     
it fits like a glove just using the draw string that hugs the rubber guard around the boat. if you want to trailer with the cover on, it comes with hooks you can mount to the hull and use the elastic straps on the cover to really strap it down.

i chose to not mount the hooks and found it worked great without ‘em.

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