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TigerFanatic1
10-18-2012, 12:47 PM
My boat cover is beginning to tear to pieces and needs to be replaced. Are there any brands you recommend buying or staying away from?

Eager Beaver
10-18-2012, 01:02 PM
I like the Ratchet-tite boat covers. I took the standard type of straps off and put rubber straps with a hook on each end. I drilled a hole through the trailer frame and installed an I-bolt on the trailer and then hooked the strap on the I-bolt. It is quicker and easier for others to help put the cover on. EB

Dave and Lynn
10-18-2012, 02:27 PM
I have been using one from bass pro shops now for three years and it is still holding up pretty good. It wasnt the expensive one either. My boat sets out in the weather all the time.

CrappiePappy
10-18-2012, 03:23 PM
My boat has an Attwood Boaters Best cover, which has been used for around 3yrs & is still in pretty good shape ... even though it's been outside, in the weather, for the last two years. The previous owner kept the boat covered AND garaged (home &/or storage unit) for the year he owned it. My boat stays covered & outside for around 8-9 months of the year, with the remaining months being in a storage shelter & the cover kept in the house.
It's water "resistant", not water "proof" ... but, I've recently sprayed it down with CampDry, and am waiting to see if this treatment has any effect. It has three cross seam 1" poly webbing straps ... and the center one (the one with the least tension on it) has a section of the poly webbing coming unraveled, but the sewed seams are still intact & holding strong. Neither of the other two (front/back) webbing straps are showing any sign of deterioration or wear.

This is the only "fitted cover" I've ever had, as my previous boats were either left uncovered or had a plastic tarp draped over them. But, the tarps usually only lasted for about 1yr, before deteriorating to the point of having to be replaced.

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y42/crappiepappy/002-1.jpg

The motor cover is separate from the boat cover. The 'black patch' was added by the previous owner, after trailering the boat & having the back seat turned backwards ... ripping a V shaped tear in the cover, due to the metal seat hinge corner rubbing through while underway.

... cp :kewl

ready2fish
10-18-2012, 03:53 PM
find a good shop that makes boat covers

SeaRay
10-18-2012, 06:43 PM
I ordered mine from Cabella's. Funny thing was they had the exact model for my 2000 Bass Tracker but BPS did not list one for that boat. It is made by AttWood and looks similar to the one above. I've had it for 2 years now and it is still in good shape.
Threre is a company in my state that custom makes covers and tops. You can choose from several materials, including Sunbrella. The made a cover for my previous boat and a bimini top for this one. They are good to work with and their workmanship is outstanding. Boat Covers & Bimini Boat Tops Custom Fit for your Boat or Pontoon (http://www.boatcoversdirect.com/)

Just FYI, I made a ridge pole out of PVC to hold my cover up so rain or snow would not build up and tear it. Works really good. I just slip the PVC over the front and rear pedestals and pull the cover over it and snug it down. I do not tow it with the cover on. I've torn up too many to try that again.

SeaRay

SeaRay
10-18-2012, 06:45 PM
By the way, your tigers kicked our butt Saturday. Hope we can rebound against Florida. Got some injuries and several players with the flu. Be glad when these 3 games are behind us.
SeaRay

TigerFanatic1
10-18-2012, 07:59 PM
Nice ridge pole. I did make a less attractive one for the front of boat, but not for the back yet. The Gamecocks have a great team, I am surprised we pulled it off with our injuries, suspensions and lack of productive offense. It was a great game though and the best that our offensive line has played all year. I believe you will be alright against Florida, we just couldn't keep our defense off of the field for that game.

Tracker123
10-19-2012, 12:47 PM
I ordered from Cabella's as well for my Tracker. Has held up well even with the torrential rain we have had - stay's dry and meldew free. I like the ridge pole SeaRay has.

Searay - doesn't that PVC sag some? And, does the PVC slide over the seat pedestals, or is there some sort of pin assy?

Thanks.

NIMROD
10-19-2012, 01:48 PM
It's called a garage.:twocents I never really liked boat covers. Pain putting on and off almost daily . Besides things falling on them and potential leaks.

TigerFanatic1
10-19-2012, 02:36 PM
It's called a garage.:twocents I never really liked boat covers. Pain putting on and off almost daily . Besides things falling on them and potential leaks.

The kids power-wheels take up most of mine. I have been thinking of building a shed to store them though, so I may be following your lead as I hate putting them on even though it only takes about 5 minutes.

SeaRay
10-19-2012, 02:40 PM
Well I prefer a garage but we downsized our house when we retired and I only have one 2 car garage and since the cars cost about 4 times what the boat costs, it gets to stay outside.
Tracker, the PVC has a slight sag in it but it is about 2 or 2.5 inch. It slips over the seat pedestal. I took one of the pedestals to Lowes with me to get the right size.
The ridge pole gives some space for ventilation and so far I have not had any mildew or leakage problems. Did find a tree frog in the boat when I took it out today.
SeaRay

Spoonminnow
10-21-2012, 04:47 AM
I've had three boat covers and all deteriorated within a few years. By far the best and cheapest is a larger-than-the-boat thick plastic tarp. It has the holes for bungi cords and tents front-to-back using my boat seats.
Everything stays dry. I got mine from Tractor Supply. (Nice PVC idea!)

TigerFanatic1
10-21-2012, 06:53 AM
Thanks for the advice guys, I will probably go to academy to look at a few and just use the best judgement on material and etc. It sure is great to have a site like this we can go to for help.

eatinfish
10-24-2012, 06:58 PM
I ordered mine from Cabella's. Funny thing was they had the exact model for my 2000 Bass Tracker but BPS did not list one for that boat. It is made by AttWood and looks similar to the one above. I've had it for 2 years now and it is still in good shape.
Threre is a company in my state that custom makes covers and tops. You can choose from several materials, including Sunbrella. The made a cover for my previous boat and a bimini top for this one. They are good to work with and their workmanship is outstanding. Boat Covers & Bimini Boat Tops Custom Fit for your Boat or Pontoon (http://www.boatcoversdirect.com/)

Just FYI, I made a ridge pole out of PVC to hold my cover up so rain or snow would not build up and tear it. Works really good. I just slip the PVC over the front and rear pedestals and pull the cover over it and snug it down. I do not tow it with the cover on. I've torn up too many to try that again.

SeaRay
Good Idea! Thanks for the Pic.

Cray
10-25-2012, 06:16 AM
I have been using one from bass pro shops now for three years and it is still holding up pretty good. It wasnt the expensive one either. My boat sets out in the weather all the time.
Same here and mine is 10 years old. And has set a lot in the weather.