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boatdryver posted 01-30-2008 06:09 PM ET (US)   Profile for boatdryver   Send Email to boatdryver  
I am thinking of buying a new 200 Dauntless with a t top. I am wondering what others with T tops have decided to do about boat covers.

Full covers for boats with t tops are huge, expensive, and harder to put somewhere when the boat is in use.

When the boat is in the maarina, do most of you go ahead and get a full cover or just settle for a helm seat and console cover?

Thanks, I'd appreciate input. We live at Latitude 38 where sun is less of a problem than down south and there is not much blowing dust or leaves.


phatwhaler posted 01-30-2008 06:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for phatwhaler  Send Email to phatwhaler     
I have a full cover that matches my T-top canvas. It hangs from the T-top, and goes over the bow rail. It takes about 10 minutes to put it on. It is a bit of a pain in the arse though. I installed shock cords with plastic hooks wherever there was nylon lines so it's a little easier to install.

Considering the price of a new Whaler I'd say they are almost mandatory if you leave the boat outside. If you're buying new maybe the dealer can arrange for you to have one added as an accessory and consequently financed with the rest of the boat.

I think I paid about $950 back in 2001 for mine. I have to assume there are some canvass guys that are a little more motivated on price right now.

handn posted 01-31-2008 09:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for handn  Send Email to handn     
I have had two Whalers with t-tops. Both covers were designed to fit over the top of the windshield but under the t-tops. Reinforced tie up fittings go around the poles to the t-tops. The covers were deisgned to be on the boat while it was being trailered down the road. Both covers have worked well and lasted a long time.
I have outriggers, a radome, vhf and gps antennas as well as an anchor light pole. With the exception of the radome, all fold flat. However, contact with the cover could wear out the cover in the high points unless they are reinforced.
I wax to top of the boat including the fiberglass antennas to prevent uv detereoration.
Unfortunately, a quality cover made out of sunbrella is not cheap. My first cover made in 2000 for a 23 Conquest was $800 and the second for a 305 Conquest was $1000 with bargain Mexican labor.
Perry posted 01-31-2008 06:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Perry  Send Email to Perry     
Try here:
boatdryver posted 02-01-2008 01:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
Perry, I liked the web site with its video. I called Kevin there and he doesn't have a pattern yet for the 200 Dauntless which only came out in 2007. He says when the local dealer gets one it disappears too fast for him to get a pattern.

Taylor Made offers non custom ones which are sold thru West Marine and other retailers for under $400 for a 20 ft boat with T top.
the fabric is not sunbrella, but a 3 ounce colored polyester said to last half as long as sunbrella and be a lot easier to stow. I think its the same fabric uses

A local Canvas guy ballparked a quote for me (without meeting at the boat and talking details) for $2,200. I was a little shocked. I'll need to call him back and see if I misunderstood him.

Scott Grey posted 02-01-2008 10:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Scott Grey  Send Email to Scott Grey     
I have a 2006 190 outrage wih a cusom t-top. I currently use a heavy duty silver arp with bungee cords. Maybe a little getto looking but for less than $100.00 it has 100% UV and rain protection and still looks as good as the day I brought her home. The other option is to see Overton's or Boaters world hey both see full covers for t-tops for around $400-600.00 bepending on the size. Hope this helps.
Scott Grey posted 02-01-2008 10:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Scott Grey  Send Email to Scott Grey     
Tarp not arp, Sorry!

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