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CliftonTN
09-09-2016, 11:19 PM
Where is the best place to buy/order a good boat cover that isn't over-priced? I live in Southern Middle Tenn.

Thanks

eagle 1
09-10-2016, 12:00 AM
academy sports . What size boat ?

wannabe fisherman
09-10-2016, 05:15 AM
I've tried "generic" boat covers from several different places and NONE of them are very good. The one I have now is guaranteed for 5 years and it's been 3 and it is already starting to go bad. The guarantee isn't worth sending it back for replacement.
This fall I'm going to bite the bullet and get a custom made cover made with that "Sunbrella" material and hope it's worth the money.
Might add my boat sits in the sun all the time as I don't have a place to get it under cover.

SeaRay
09-10-2016, 08:36 AM
Try these folks. I have used them for a cover and a Bimini top. They are super to work with. They offer several fabrics, but Sunbrella is the top of the line and will last a long time. You can customize your cover or choose by boat brand and size. They are a turn key operation based in the USA in good old SC.
You can check their surplus inventory also. Might get lucky and find your size at a great price.
https://www.boatcoversdirect.com/

Cane Pole
09-10-2016, 12:34 PM
:hesaid

I got one (Sunbrella type)for my Crappie Jon. It is now 6 years old and doing fine and still looks good. It is a semi-custom fit with the engine cover attached. I pull the cover banjo tight with the engine trim then I tie down with rubber stretch type cords.

LowePro
09-13-2016, 11:04 AM
Are you going to be driving hwy speeds with the cover on? If not and only want it for at home or driving slow speeds like gravel roads find a dealer that sells your boat. All the new boats have a heavy duty plastic cover on them. My uncle called up a dealer and asked could he have one and they just gave him one off of a boat they were about to sell. Eazy peezy and FREE!

SeaRay
09-13-2016, 11:09 AM
:hesaid

I got one (Sunbrella type)for my Crappie Jon. It is now 6 years old and doing fine and still looks good. It is a semi-custom fit with the engine cover attached. I pull the cover banjo tight with the engine trim then I tie down with rubber stretch type cords.

Don't you have a stick steer boat? If so could you share the cover info. Most styles go from Jon boats to console steer boats. I have one that was for a Jon boat but it is not a good fit.

LowePro
09-13-2016, 11:54 AM
I have a custom cover for my boat and I LOVED it. But if you put a terrova or ulterra trolling motor on your boat a custom cover will not work because those trolling motors have to overhang the edge of the boat quite a bit. When I switched the ulterra the custom cover would just barely overhang my boat in the back. Resulted in 5 broke tips on PST's when it came off and flapped about 4 times in the wind before I could get my truck stopped.

scout-j-m
09-13-2016, 01:14 PM
I'm interested as well. I need one for my 1648 flat bottom.

eagle 1
09-13-2016, 01:48 PM
If the ones from Academy last 3 years you will have to get 10 years out of the custom to come out on that deal . that's not counting shipping . jmo.:juggle

Cane Pole
09-13-2016, 02:09 PM
Don't you have a stick steer boat? If so could you share the cover info. Most styles go from Jon boats to console steer boats. I have one that was for a Jon boat but it is not a good fit.

I will get a pix when I go back to the lake. Fit is fine and I trailer with the cover on the boat.

wannabe fisherman
09-13-2016, 02:36 PM
take a look here /www.boatcoversdirect.com they might have one for your boat. I bit the bullet and ordered one in the sunbrella fabric they're semi=custom made for the boat. When I get it, I'll post what I think about it. It has to be better that the generic ones from BPS or Cabelas My boat sits outside 100% of the time and the generic covers don't hold up to that much sun Had one that didn't last very long at all, after the summer sun got done with it the winter snow finished it off

"G"
09-13-2016, 03:04 PM
If the ones from Academy last 3 years you will have to get 10 years out of the custom to come out on that deal . that's not counting shipping . jmo.:juggle

Most of the time you get what you pay for.........just saying

SeaRay
09-13-2016, 03:12 PM
take a look here /www.boatcoversdirect.com they might have one for your boat. I bit the bullet and ordered one in the sunbrella fabric they're semi=custom made for the boat. When I get it, I'll post what I think about it. It has to be better that the generic ones from BPS or Cabelas My boat sits outside 100% of the time and the generic covers don't hold up to that much sun Had one that didn't last very long at all, after the summer sun got done with it the winter snow finished it off

That is the company I recommended in my post. They are good people.

Snoball
09-13-2016, 05:57 PM
I bought one this year from a company called Seal Skin Covers and it fit pretty good and so far I like it a lot. sealskin covers.com