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jmontani posted 06-29-2005 10:46 AM ET (US)   Profile for jmontani  
Has any one purchased a cover from ?

I am looking at a 2005 170 Montauk cover that is about 1/2 the price of a Mills cover. (Both are Sunbrella)

If so how was the fit? also sell Bimini's. Any feed back on that as well would be appreciated.



walf posted 06-29-2005 02:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for walf  Send Email to walf     
i bought one for my new montauk. it seems to fit fine. i also boubht the support poles which prevent rain water accumulating on the cover. i have not yet trailed the coverand am just using it as a cover while trailer is at storage facility.
jmontani posted 06-29-2005 02:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for jmontani    
Thanks for the info.

Did the cover go over the bow rail or is it around the deck mounts?

I was lookng at it for use outside on a lift. I didn't like the way the Mills cover went around the supports of the bow rail. Too many entry points for spiders and such. (With the boat going on a hydro-hoist it's a constant battle with spiders.)

strain posted 06-29-2005 03:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for strain  Send Email to strain     
The Mills cover is absolutely awesome. Very well built and fits like a glove. Worth the money.
kingfish posted 06-29-2005 03:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
I like covers (like Mills) that *don't* go over the bow rails, as those that do tend to allow water to pool between the console and the bow, and the Mills type that are cut around the bow rail stanchions are more aerodynamic when towing. The space at the stanchion slots is inconsequential and can be lessened with velcro and a flap. No way to keep all the critters out.
Traveller posted 06-29-2005 06:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Traveller  Send Email to Traveller     
I heard once that moth balls under the cover will keep most critters out. I never tried it, so I don't know if it works or not. Sounds like it might be worth a try.
Buckda posted 06-29-2005 06:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
I use mothballs.

I put them in a plastic margarine dish (2) at the front and back of the boat and stuff the dish into a pair of old panty hose (how to build a space shuttle out of common household items, eh?!)...this allows me to move the dishes without spilling mothballs everywhere.

It works very well. I also place dryer sheets in the console. I don't know if it works, but I get a snuggly-soft feeling whenever I have to poke my head in there to switch the battery switch...


SteveFC posted 06-30-2005 01:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for SteveFC  Send Email to SteveFC     
I bought the boatcoversdirect model last fall, primarily because of favorable comments on this forum.
It is well made and fits very well. I have trailered with it several hundred miles with no problems.

I learned the hard way that the support poles are a good idea. I dropped off my boat for service late last fall. When I picked it up a couple of weeks later, there was a puddle the size of Lake Superior on the cover between the bow and the center console. The dealer had closed for the day, and all I had with me was the bucket from an adult potty chair that I had picked up at my mother-in-law’s house. The bucket had been cleaned, but still…… You can bet that I ordered support poles when I got home.

As several people noted, this cover goes over the rails. I’ve found a big problem with that arrangement. Fishing rod holders or anything else that sticks up above the rails or is mounted on the outboard side the rails is going to chaff the cover. And anything mounted on the inboard side interferes with swinging my Mills bimini up and down. I haven’t figured out of a good solution to this dilemma. Has anyone else?

In summary, I think that the boatcoversdirect cover is a good product for the money. But because of rod holder problem, I wonder if I should have spent the extra money for the Mills cover.

whalerdude posted 07-06-2005 05:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerdude  Send Email to whalerdude     
Have you towed your boat with the cover on?

I need a cover for my Montauk 170

strain posted 07-06-2005 05:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for strain  Send Email to strain     
The Mills cover fits like a glove and has clips that go under the black rubber around the boat. There are bungie-like cords you can connect to the clips which seem like it would trailer just fine.
jmontani posted 07-06-2005 08:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for jmontani    

It looks like Steve has done trailering with the

See his post in this thread.


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