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wetdog posted 02-09-2004 03:02 PM ET (US)   Profile for wetdog   Send Email to wetdog  

I am looking for a mooring cover. The mills covers require driling into the boat. With the cheaper versions, they use straps. How do you attach the cover to the boat when it is in the water?

Thanks in advance.

Barney posted 02-09-2004 04:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barney  Send Email to Barney     
Wetdog, The Mills cover also has strap connections for those that don't want to drill holes. But you make a point, and that is the second reason why I bought a Mills. Jim
wetdog posted 02-09-2004 05:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for wetdog  Send Email to wetdog     

Thanks for the reply! I am very reluctant to drill into the hull for something like a cover. This boat will be around for a long time and I would hate to replace the cover one day and not be able to use the same clips. I don't really want to end up with a boat littered with the holes of "has been" accessories.

Does anyone have any first hand experience for using the covers with straps while the boat is in the water, or on a lift.


kingfish posted 02-09-2004 05:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     

No I do not have any experience with mooring covers with straps while the boat is on a lift or in the water, primarily because it just looked like too much trouble to me.

I do have experience with patching myriads of holes in my Outrage 22 though, and I can tell you that without too much time or trouble, you can learn how to patch them yourself in a way that they cannot be found and that they are as cosmetically and structurally sound as the rest of the hull. It is not a big deal.

It is important if/when you drill for the screws, that you oversize the screw holes as they pass through the gelcoat so it does not stress and flake off around the hole. Use a countersink to oversize the hole at the surface, and you automatically have a "well" to fill with 3M 4200 or 101 underneath the clip before you drive the screws, so they are sealed against any water intrusion.

wetdog posted 02-09-2004 10:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for wetdog  Send Email to wetdog     
I know that filling a hole is easy to do, I just do not desire to do the whole drill, fill, repeat routine all over the boat. A better question for me is, does the "drawcord" at the hem of most of these cheaper covers hold sufficently for use on a boat lift or in the water? My boat is stored on a lift under a roof, the only problem is that leaves, pine needles, birds, etc. seem to find their way into the boat. I guess the next question is, do I really need the sunbrella fabric, or would a lesser quality canvas suffice (since the boat is already under a roof)? Surely, there has to be someone on this board who uses a non-mills cover.

BTW, this board has been a tremendous resource. Usually I do not even have to ask my question. A simple search has most of the answers.


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