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Date Posted: - Friday - 07/25/08 - 1:53pm
Author: Randall, Murre, M31
Subject: Full vs Open cover
In reply to: Parker 's message, "Boat cover" on - Thursday - 07/24/08 - 12:56pm


Don't know where you are, but I'd start with some of the local sailmakers--they'll know who locally does boat and sail cover work. Also, reach out to your harbor master; he/she'll know too.

No plans that I'm aware of. But measuring up is easy for someone who does this for a living.

I had the below "full" boat cover made back in 2003. On advise I opted for a cover that stopped at the top lifeline. This keeps nearly all the sun off the paint and brightwork and much of the rain (if rain is light, I can even leave the portlights open), and it allows lots of air. In a storm, the whole boat gets wet, of course, but not that soaking wet it would get if uncovered.

Two downsides to this cover: 1) it doesn't protect the cockpit from rain as well as I'd like, and it's the cockpit that's the most vulnerable; 2) it doesn't protect the toe rail from sun or wet at all.

The major upside is that it does ok and is easy enough to take off / put on that I don't get discouraged of the work on a weekend.

It divides just forward of the mizzen.

If I had it to do over I'd: 1) enclose the cockpit down to and over the toe rail; 2) construct the cover in such a way that the cockpit piece could function as an awning when at anchor (i.e. if two pieces it should divide half way up the main boom so as to protect the companionway hatch from sun, rather than at the mizzen).

It was pretty water resistant for the first couple years, but I Scotch Guard it every fall now.

Good luck.

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[> [> full cover -- Steve M-32 #59, - Friday - 07/25/08 - 3:17pm

As the owner of one of the full covers you were looking at I concur with much of what Randall wrote. I didn't have the boat in the water very long before I pulled it for rebuilding but I noticed a couple of things. Because my cover goes well down over the gunwale there was virtually no air movement underneath which I would consider death for our boats if kept that way. It also kept the boat more wet than it might otherwise be. Such a cover is going to leak somewhere and I was finding puddles on deck days after it rained simply because there was so little air movement it couldn't go anywhere. If I get the chance to redo ours I will do it much like Randall suggests.

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