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Mooring Covers for Sport 150
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posted 10-06-2004 06:04 AM ET (US)
I need to keep the sun off my new 150 Sport, "Miss Frances-Jeanne", (in honor of recent visitors to my home). There seems to be quite a price difference from the mail order sources for Sunbrella covers. Mills at $623 and Boatcovers-direct.com at $310. This is my third Whaler and after 40 yrs of boating I'm excited to be back in a small Whaler again. Your collective guideance will be most appreciated.
posted 10-06-2004 09:48 AM ET (US)
I have a cover, for my 2003 150 sport, from boatcoversdirect and am satisfied with it. I have the canvas product not the sunbrella. It is used for towing as well as storage. Well sewn and durable product.
posted 10-06-2004 12:46 PM ET (US)
I purchased my 150 Sport this spring and just recently purcahsed and installed a sunbrella cover from Mills. As you indicate it was expensive.........but what a great quality product, fit and workmanship is perfect. I anticipate it will last many seasons.
posted 10-07-2004 01:20 AM ET (US)
I just bought the Sunbrella from Boat Covers Direct - awesome cover with built-in engione cover and free strap tie-down kit - couldn't be better.
posted 10-07-2004 12:58 PM ET (US)
Our mooring cover was made by Great Lakes Canvas after Whaler screwed Mills as a vendor. The cover is red Sunbrella and is on it's 6th season in the Florida sun. Seams have held up great, but the material has stretched out a little so it's fit is not as tight. Color is fading but not really visible unless you compare it to the underside. We don't use it for trailering, just storage. Regards.
posted 10-07-2004 03:14 PM ET (US)
We got the Mills cover, in spite of having to install the hooks under the gunwales, so we could use it when moored without having to try to run straps under the boat.
There is one spot where the bimini fitting on the starboard aft gunwale rubbed through the cover, but that may have something to do with the larger diameter steering wheel pulling tighter on that side.
I used four ropes to the winch post in the nylon loops on the front of the cover, and these were beginning to wear into the Sunbrella. The ropes are now padded to prevent this.
Trailering at 70-75 mph is harder on the cover than just mooring.
posted 10-07-2004 04:26 PM ET (US)
If you can get by with a temporary cover for a few more months, Mills usually has a clearance sale in January or February - 50% off selected items. Don't know if it's just a slow time for them or what, but it's a good time to order canvas from them.
They don't announce it, but it hits their site and usually someone here posts a link about it...I'd just make them my home-page starting on Jan 1 and keep checking each day for the sale...it only lasts like a week or so, and things sell out fast.
Just a thought.
posted 10-08-2004 11:01 AM ET (US)
Am I the only one who's improved the "stock" cover, by attaching (with fabric glue) small squares of leather at all the points that bear on metal, sharp corners, windshields, etc.? The only piece I neglected to do this on was an inexpensive former large motor cover that I used to cover my Dauntless windshield/console while trailering. Wore a hole through the thing at the console rail corners in two trips of 175 miles....
posted 10-08-2004 11:20 AM ET (US)
Our cover doesn't use hooks to hold it down. Just a big drawstring snugged under the rubrail. Secure enough when just sitting in the driveway. No holes or screws for installation and no extra hardware when the cover's not on it.
posted 10-08-2004 01:44 PM ET (US)
Now that I've found most of the wear points, I was thinking of having leather sewn on all those places at the local shoe repair place. The fabric glue sounds a lot cheaper!
posted 10-08-2004 04:16 PM ET (US)
Moe, the glue is pretty good stuff. I got a bottle of it with an aftermarket boat cover years back (Cabelas, Canvas) and the instructions said to cut and glue an extra layer of canvas at all wear points. (Cover came with a 18-in. x 10 foot roll of extra matching canvas). Thinking on it, I think sewing would insure it's staying put, and a little paraffin on the stitches should prevent any seeping....
posted 10-23-2004 04:35 AM ET (US)
I wanted to post a follow-up on my cover purchase an give the forum a review of my experience with WWW.BOATCOVERSDIRECT.COM
I ordered the cover, Sunbrella (burgandy) approx. $310, two weeks ago, and was told that I would have my cover within 9 days. Sure enough, about a week later the box is delivered by UPS. I open the box and.....grey 11 oz Duck cover, price about $170 is inside.......oh, oh! I think, oh, brother here we go. Next morning, right on the dot of 9 am I call and say "wrong cover". Well, the young lady could not be more apologetic. Without any hesitation I was instructed to place the wrong cover in it's box out on my front porch, as it would be picked up by UPS within three days and the correct cover would be "expedited" to my house. On the third day, UPS picks up the grey cover as promised and the next day the correct Sunbrella burgandy cover is delivered and is now covering the 150. What a relief to deal with an honest, straightforward company. Hey, I understand that things get screwed up once in awhile, but when things are corrected properly with no hassle I am impressed. The cover is excellent, fits perfect, came with a separate engine cover that fits perfectly and an extensive tie down webbed strap kit with high quality snap buckels, and a good sized spool of braided nylon twine to use if you prefer it over the straps. I will purchase all of my marine and automotive covers from them again. They do what they say, and they do it right. 5 stars.
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