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    Posted: 08 Jan 08 at 12:01am
4 years for a PVC cover left in full sun is about right. People underestimate the effects of UV, and 4 years is about what manufacturers of PVC will  give as reasonable life. Acrylic canvas will last longer...
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The Banks one on my Cherub was still fine at about 15 years old, but that boat spent the majority of time under a roof, so much less UV. The Banks one on my singlehander, which was outside 52 weeks per year, was starting to look a little bit tired at 7 years old when I sold the boat, but I reckon still had a good bit of life.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Webmuppet Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Jan 08 at 12:28am
How many years would you expect a decent quality cover to last ? Just wondering

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I'll second the vote for Rain & Sun. I've been through a fair number of covers in my time (some more quickly than others!), and the Rain & Sun on my 3000 comes out tops for fit, convenience and (after 18 months) durability.

My present cover is polycotton, but be very careful with the cheaper pvc (plastic) covers - the sun can destroy the lesser quality ones very quickly, but it's hard (impossible?) to tell the good and bad quality materials apart when new.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote NickA Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Jan 08 at 9:28pm

PVC coated fabric (muslin apparently) Sail Register one on my laser 1 (GRP) - falling to bits as described.

Rain and sun polycotton on my 3000 (foam/polyester) - very nice cover but being fabric does show the dirt.

Standard laser heavy duty pvc coated fabric on the pico (rotomould) - lasting fine and easy to clean but we ripped it.

My vote's for rain and sun. Not very cheap but pretty good value.

I also note that banks' price list is extremely similar in price and layout to rain and sun's - though they're a few quid more expensive.  I wonder if perchance they are related.



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Sail register did a fantastic deal at the Dinghy show last year (>70) undercutting the next cheapest by 35 and the quality is pretty good as well. Although the clips are more fragile than i'd expect (not quite Contender sailor proof) replacments are just threaded on and they sent me a pile of replacements FOC.
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Banks were great when they made a custom sized cover for my boat.  Thoroughly recommend them.  As mentioned earlier, the two material choices are polycotton and PVC.  Polycotton costs more but is breathable.  If you have wood decks you need polycotton.  If the boat is all plastic PVC is fine.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote tack'ho Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Jan 08 at 8:37pm

Originally posted by BBSCFaithfull

Try,

www.allgoodfun.com !

My local chandler. He had a contract to make covers for the army i believe so he cant be bad!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Webmuppet Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Jan 08 at 8:13pm
Sail Register (http://www.sailregister.co.uk/) gets my vote, not as breathable as some, but very well priced and a good fit. Mine has 'snap-lock' style fittings which also makes it very quick to secure. They usually offer an extra discount at the shows, I bought my Vareo's cover at last years dinghy show and saved 10% on the list price. I also put a traffic cone inside my boat when I cover it up, it holds the cover slightly higher than usual and avoids the water pooling in the middle of the boat, there is a loop on the cover to attach the main halyard, but the use of my traffic cone avoids leaving a bend in the mast

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Smight at BBSC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Jan 08 at 7:52pm
Nice sponser plug alex  Very well played. Plus if you buy from All Good Fun you can customize the cover to your liking.
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