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Topic: boat covers
Posted By: djdhi
Subject: boat covers
Date Posted: 03 Jan 08 at 5:54pm

hi

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 mailto:I@ve - 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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Posted By: tgruitt
Date Posted: 03 Jan 08 at 6:01pm
http://www.dynamicsails.com/index.php?id=4 - http://www.dynamicsails.com/index.php?id=4

Dynamic sails do some nice covers.


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Posted By: MRJP BUZZ 585
Date 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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Posted By: JimC
Date Posted: 03 Jan 08 at 6:59pm
Banks have lasted for me.


Posted By: neilw
Date Posted: 03 Jan 08 at 7:16pm

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/ - http://www.kentnet.org.uk/goldfinch_covers/ ), Banks (check out their surplus stock at http://www.banks.co.uk/coverssec.html - http://www.banks.co.uk/coverssec.html ) and Sail Register ( http://www.sailregister.co.uk/ - http://www.sailregister.co.uk/ ).

 



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Posted By: Smight at BBSC
Date Posted: 03 Jan 08 at 7:47pm
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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Posted By: BBSCFaithfull
Date Posted: 03 Jan 08 at 7:49pm
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,
Alex


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Posted By: Smight at BBSC
Date 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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Posted By: Webmuppet
Date Posted: 03 Jan 08 at 8:13pm
Sail Register ( http://www.sailregister.co.uk/ - 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

Nigel   

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Posted By: tack'ho
Date 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!

Cheers,
Alex

More like the cheapest bidder!!!



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Posted By: Chew my RS
Date Posted: 04 Jan 08 at 8:57am
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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Posted By: Matt Jackson
Date Posted: 04 Jan 08 at 2:36pm
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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Posted By: NickA
Date 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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Posted By: Medway Maniac
Date Posted: 04 Jan 08 at 11:57pm

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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Posted By: Webmuppet
Date Posted: 05 Jan 08 at 12:28am
How many years would you expect a decent quality cover to last ? Just wondering

Nigel


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Posted By: JimC
Date 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.


Posted By: chic
Date 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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