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GreatBayNH posted 03-21-2008 07:30 AM ET (US)   Profile for GreatBayNH   Send Email to GreatBayNH  
I am in the market for a nice console cover for my 2006 Montauk 170 but have a problem. I have a good sized antenna on the starboard side of the console. Whether it is up or down the antenna will be a limiting factor when purchasing an "off-the-shelf" console cover. Does Mills or the new Boston Whler supplier of canvas (Great Lakes something?) do custom adjustments to accomodate those that have modified the outline of their console?


GreatBayNH posted 03-21-2008 07:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for GreatBayNH  Send Email to GreatBayNH     
I guess the question should really be..
"Has any CW member had custom adjustments done to their Mills or Great Lakes Canvas console covers?" If so what was the experience/results like?


BlueMax posted 03-21-2008 07:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for BlueMax  Send Email to BlueMax     
I'd call the customer service and ask if it would it be possible to take pictures and measurements to provide for them when ordering.

Also try Carver Industries out of South Carolina - they seem to be pretty good and a lot less expensive for Sunbrella fabric products:

Carver Industries, Inc.
P.O. Box 399
Landrum, SC 29356
Phone: (864) 457-5820
Fax: (864) 457-5821

GreatBayNH posted 03-21-2008 09:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for GreatBayNH  Send Email to GreatBayNH     
Thank for the tip BlueMax. I e-mailed Great Lakes to see what they can do for me. I'll let you know what they say. I can't be the only person with an antenna on the console that needs a console cover adjusted. Or one would think.


Beaner posted 03-21-2008 01:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Beaner  Send Email to Beaner     

I had the exact same issue. I sent Mills a photo of my antenna mount and dimensions that they needed. They installed a zipper that zips up from the bottom to the mount. They included a space of black nylon like material where the antenna is for me to "custom cut". Cover fits like a glove and zipper works just fine. I can send a pic in about a month when the boat gets ready for spring. The custom zipper did not add that much to the price. The folks at Mills were very accomodating.
GreatBayNH posted 03-21-2008 02:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for GreatBayNH  Send Email to GreatBayNH     
Thanks Beaner. That's exactly the info Suzanne at Mills e-mailed me with. Her tech is out so she can't get me a quote until Monday. Great Lake's response was NO CUSTOM WORK...ever. Looks like Mills is still #1 in the customer service dept.

RE: They included a space of black nylon like material where the antenna is for me to "custom cut".

I'm not getting an image in my mind's eye. Where does this nylon go? What does it do/cover?


GreatBayNH posted 03-21-2008 03:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for GreatBayNH  Send Email to GreatBayNH     
I'm picturing the zipper, running up from the base of the console to the antenna.

Is the black nylon in the area of the antenna mount and they leave it up to the end user to cut the custom hole for the antenna mount to poke thru? Is that it? If so does rain water run over the nylon? I always imagined, if I were to make the cover myself, that there would be a flap of material covering the antenna hole for water to run over (as not to run into the hole in cover).


Beaner posted 03-29-2008 06:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Beaner  Send Email to Beaner     
Sorry it took me so long to repost, but my PC has been causing me alot of grief the last week or so. You are correct about the black nylon. You cut out a hole that goes around your mount. I assume that some water may get inside the cover through the hole, but it would just run out the bottom of the cover on the side of the console. I never really seemed to notice any issue with it. The important thing for me is the front and top of the console which is completely enclosed. Unfortunately with the mount, there really is no way to have a cover that would be totally waterproof around the mount. I can probably get a picture in about two weeks when I prep for flounder season.
GreatBayNH posted 03-30-2008 06:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for GreatBayNH  Send Email to GreatBayNH     
What if they sewed a flap of sunbrella above the nylon? That would act as a barrier against the downward water flow I would think.
Beaner posted 03-30-2008 09:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Beaner  Send Email to Beaner     
That might work, but the spacing would have to be perfect or the mount would cause the flap to lift up. To be honest with you, I really don't know if any water really got underneath the cover. If some did, I'm sure it wasn't much. That stuff dries so quick, I never pulled the cover off and noticed any wetness. Since that side of the console only has the tackle drawers and fire extinguisher it never bothered me about the hole. The main reason I have the cover is to 1. Keep water from leaking through the compass into the console (would happen after heavy rain) 2. Deter theft from inside the console even with a door lock and flush mount vhf 3. Deter theft of the contents of the forward cooler and 4. Keep sunlight off the console. I also have the Mills full cover and water and leaves still get into the boat due to the openings around the rails. I wouldn't worry about it but that's just me. I have other worries like trying not to smash to hard into the dock when coming in and praying everytime I turn over the Merc that she won't leave me stranded AGAIN! Not to minimize your concerns, but the Mills cover is really nice and they did a great custom job. I you want, I might be able to get a pic this weekend if its nice enough to change the plugs and do the spring cleaning.

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