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    Posted: 03 Jan 08 at 5:54pm

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My boat cover is shot and I definitely need to buy a new one.  Its about 4 years old.  A ll the ties and clips are in place but the material which looked great when I first bought it I see now is a very thin muslin filled with plastic..  As the weather has got to it the filler has cracked and crumbled off., LEAVING IT COMPLETELY POROUS   I'm not naming the manufacturer because  I think I was definitely 'done' and I want to spare his blushes.  Luckily I've got a plastic boat !   A few bays down from me another boat's cover  (same class ) is sufficently waterproof to provide a small duckpond in the cockpit.  This better cover seems to be made of very tightly woven nylon similar to my drysuit.  I don't intend to shell out 140 quid for rubbish. Is there anyone out there who can enlighten me on the different types of material  used for covers? THANKS djdhi

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http://www.dynamicsails.com/index.php?id=4

Dynamic sails do some nice covers.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote MRJP BUZZ 585 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Jan 08 at 6:32pm
I have only heard good things from banks and as i need a new cover i was going to go straight to them but now i think i will wait to see what this thread brings up
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The woven material is probably a breathable polycotton cover as opposed to the a P.V.C Polyester cover (has a more plasticy finish)

You'll pay more for a breathable cover, which even with a GRP boat I'd recommend one.

As for manufacturers there's plenty to choose from. As I have multiple boats I have multiple covers and from experience the decent ones are Goldfinch (http://www.kentnet.org.uk/goldfinch_covers/), Banks (check out their surplus stock at http://www.banks.co.uk/coverssec.html) and Sail Register (http://www.sailregister.co.uk/).

 

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Rain and Sun do some nice covers. The covers, from experiance, also seem to be very well thought out eg the staps are in the right place and little loops for the main halyard in the right place etc they might sound like silly little things but it's nice to be able to chuck your cover on in a couple of minutes without any effort(well virtually)  
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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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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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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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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!

Cheers,
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