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04 Montauk Full Cover - Trailer. Mooring ?
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posted 02-27-2005 09:43 AM ET (US)
I bought a bare bones 04 leftover Montauk and I'm in the process of equipping her - she fit in the garage but to my surprise barely as the width at the tires is just under 96" - so now I'm thinking come the spring outside she'll be - I trailer so it will never be left in the water - anyone purchase a full cover for a 170 - and can anyone recommend a brand that is a good fit - Mills is the obvious fit but a little pricy - it will be near trees so I figure it will get stained - why do that to a Mills. I'm interested in fit & function more than show - 10 years ago I bought a Taylor through Outer Banks Catalog - fit like a glove - they don't seem to specify a cover for the new style - anyone out there buy one and how did it fit - hoping to spend 2 to 3 hundred
posted 02-28-2005 12:11 PM ET (US)
I purchased a cover through iboats.com. They have a few different price levels to choose from. I believe the brand name is 'Hurricane'. You can choose different materials depending on your budget. I went with Sunbrella material (same as Mills) for about $500. Fit's great and trailers fine with the optional tie down straps.
posted 03-01-2005 07:33 AM ET (US)
For around $230, you can get a 22oz duck cotton cover from www.boatcoversdirect.com that is custom made for the 170. Fit and finish are excellent for the price. It has two simple dawstrings at the rear to tighten it down over the boat - it does not cover the outboard. With proper care, expect about 2-3 years service out of it. Beware though that these days, spending $600-$700 for a cover (even a Mills) won't necessarily get you three times the service life of a $200 cover - unless you also keep your rig in the garage. I buy the cheap stuff and replace it every few years when it gos bad.
posted 03-02-2005 08:30 AM ET (US)
BigJohn - that's the one I'm looking for - more function than anythong else - sounds like you bought one & are happy with it ? I will check it out - I park outside my house spring, summer, and bascally untill Dec 1 I fish - the rest of the time about 4 to 5 months it will be in a garage - I'm a mile to the ramp so I don't need a "trailering cover" - it's more for the sun & coverage under trees etc
posted 03-03-2005 10:46 AM ET (US)
posted 03-03-2005 02:00 PM ET (US)
If storing it outside, I also recommend stealing an empty margarine dish (or similar...cottage cheese, chip dip, etc) and filling the dish with mothballs. Perforate the top of the dish to allow the odor of the mothballs to escape and place the dish on the floor in front of the console. This will keep bugs - wasps, bees, etc. out of your boat, and the dish can easily be picked up and placed in the garage while you're using the boat, and returned to the boat when you get back - no muss, no fuss.
Congrats on the purchase. I really like the look of the new Montauk among the post-classic models.
posted 03-03-2005 02:46 PM ET (US)
My Mills Outrage 25 cover, pictured in Cetacea Page 11, is 15 years old, and outdoors 365 days a year except when boat is being used, and still going strong. That's 6 to 7 times the life of one of the cheap covers from boatcoversdirect.
Just do the math, and consider spending your money a bit more wisely.
posted 03-03-2005 07:34 PM ET (US)
Dang LHG, you are definitely getting your money's worth if its going strong after 15 years of continuous outside service. That is about twice the life we were getting out of the heavy oil-empregnated canvas covers of 20-30 years ago. I should have mentioned I am located in the equitorial region in my above post as the strong UV rays here damage anything MUCH quicker. Where are you located? Even up north or in areas with lots of cloud cover, 15 years out of a covers is outstanding!
posted 03-06-2005 05:55 AM ET (US)
15 years for a cover must be a world record. Where the heck do you live? The Artic circle?
Actually, the covers from Boatcoversdirect.com are not necessarily cheap covers. I purchased the Sunbrella cover for my 150 Sport. Let's see here, the Mills cover is made from.......ah, Sunbrella. Maybe the Mills Sunbrella is different from the boatcoversdirect Sunbrella.
Clearly, the quality of the stiching, thread quality, could be an issue. BCD uses "water resistent anti-wicking" thread. I could not determine what type of thread Mills uses.
Have you personally examined the Sunbrella covers from BCD?
At about half the price, the bcd is an option that may indeed result in a consumer "spending your money more wisely".
posted 03-06-2005 09:16 AM ET (US)
My $.02 on boat covers.
When I bought my Walkaround in 1992 I had a custom cover made locally. The fabricator did not like to use Sunbrella fabric (said it stretched too much) and instead used a fabric called Top Gun which will not stretch and is much stiffer. The cover turned out beautifully. It snaps around the vertical sections of the bow rail and fits like a glove. Thirteen years later, it is still tight as a drum, and I still need to use pliers to get the last couple of snaps, snapped. The downside is the fabric has faded badly and looks horrible. I have trailered with it on, but found there is less wind resistance with it off.
A friend of mine has a Sunbrella cover (not Mills) for his center console boat. It is 8 or 9 years old and still looks great (no fading), but the stitching is coming loose.
IMO, if you want a cover for trailering long distances, Sunbrella may not be the best choice. If the cover will be used only for storage/mooring then Sunbrella is an excellent choice and will look nice a long time. The weak link in any cover is the type of thread used for the stitching. Cotton will eventually rot.
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