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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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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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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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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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How many years would you expect a decent quality cover to last ? Just wondering

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Post Options Post Options   Quote JimC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Jan 08 at 6:07am
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 chic Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post 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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