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GeneNJ posted 11-03-2003 09:05 PM ET (US)   Profile for GeneNJ   Send Email to GeneNJ  
Any recommendations on whether a cover should be used? This is the first winter for the 130 and I plan to store it on the trailer, at home. The tach is the only instrument on the console and the motor will stay on the transom.
Leaves are not a problem here at the shore, just some pine trees next door.
Dick posted 11-03-2003 09:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Cover it.
You will be thankfull that you did come spring, when you have to clean the non-skid. An inexpensive blue tarp, tented so water and snow will run off, will do the job.


GeneNJ posted 11-18-2003 08:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for GeneNJ  Send Email to GeneNJ     
I'm looking at the winter covers in the West Marine catalog, any suggestions for the 130 Sport? Or should I just get one custom made?
MantyMonty posted 11-18-2003 09:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for MantyMonty  Send Email to MantyMonty     
I got a very nice cover thru It fits like a glove and was custom made for my 170 Montauk. They are offered in a variety of colors and the hurricane buckles for 19.00 are well worth it. I tow it covered and the cover does not move one bit. I also got the outboard cover for it. Very happy with it.
Jerry Townsend posted 11-18-2003 10:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
Gene - being in NJ - you are going to get plenty of snow - so I would stay away from the nice, fitted covers for winter use and go as Dick suggests - a cheap tented tarp. In my case on my '96 17 Outrage, I use a vinyl impregnated nylon tarp (typically used by truckers, farmers, - strong, waterproof, and holds a lot of snow. I also rig a "ridge-line" from the bow, up over the tubing on my center console, over the engine and tied off on the lower engine housing. Now, the "ridge-line" is not perfect as I can still get pockets of snow and ice on either side of the "ridge-line". This last year, I rigged up three ridge-lines from the console tubing to the bow railing. It helped - but did not eliminate the problem.

Protect your engine cowling paint from the abasive action of a rope. In my case, I put a foam pad between the engine cowling and the rope - works well.

On your 13 - consider making a vertical center support for your "ridge-line" - should work like a dream. You might make a this from 2x4s as a cross on the bottom for stability and a vertical riser that might be 3 - 4 feet high to support the ridge-line. ----- Jerry/Idaho

MantyMonty posted 11-19-2003 07:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for MantyMonty  Send Email to MantyMonty     
Gene, I forgot to mention the custom cover is also available with a vented, reinforced center pole for drainage. Don't know if you need it, because you can get these covers drum tight. I live in Wisconsin, and we too get snow here and there.
GeneNJ posted 11-19-2003 04:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for GeneNJ  Send Email to GeneNJ     
Thanks Guys, I'll check the site first and see what's available before I try the tent approach.
GeneNJ posted 12-02-2003 09:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for GeneNJ  Send Email to GeneNJ     
I tried the tarp approach, but the winds here made quick work of it. So, I ordered a custom cover from a local canvas shop and will have it ready this weekend.

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