Boat Covers

Discussion in 'Sport Boats' started by SniperHockey, Aug 3, 2018.

  1. GypsmJim

    GypsmJim New Member

    15
    Aug 8, 2018
    Western New York
    '19 SPX 190 OB (on order)
    '17 Whaler 150 Montauk
    '15 Yamaha FXHO
    '60 Mulray Dinghy
    '52 Lyman 15'
    Mercury 150 4-stroke
    68 Outboards representing 11 manufacturers
    I have had Sunbrella before and its really nice. However, the 2 recent Carvers I bought were actually the Sun-Dura.

    It has the same "feel" as a Sunbrella, and so far they have held up very well.
     
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  2. choppstixxx

    choppstixxx New Member

    7
    Aug 1, 2018
    Penfield, NY
    2000 Sea Ray 180 BR
    3.0L Mercruiser Alpha 1 I/O
    Great to hear, will most likely order a Sun-Dura then. Thanks!
     
  3. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    It's best not to use two covers on top of each other. They can wear against each other and more moisture will be retained inside the boat.
     
  4. choppstixxx

    choppstixxx New Member

    7
    Aug 1, 2018
    Penfield, NY
    2000 Sea Ray 180 BR
    3.0L Mercruiser Alpha 1 I/O
    I was wondering about that, I'll most likely remove the snap on covers once I get a new full cover during the season.
    The PO had a dry dock slip, so he double covered because it sat outside. The boat is in amazing shape inside/out so the two covers def. didn't harm anything.
     
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2018
  5. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    It's not a "guaranteed to harm" kind of thing. But it can happen. This is just a "best practice" kind of thing.
     
  6. choppstixxx

    choppstixxx New Member

    7
    Aug 1, 2018
    Penfield, NY
    2000 Sea Ray 180 BR
    3.0L Mercruiser Alpha 1 I/O
    If anything it is one less "cover" I have to toss on after I take the boat out. I am gonna spring for a custom fit Carver in a few weeks, now to decide on color. People that own darker colors, is it safe to assume they get hotter than lighter colors? Could potentially damage the interior over time vs. a lighter color?
     
  7. GypsmJim

    GypsmJim New Member

    15
    Aug 8, 2018
    Western New York
    '19 SPX 190 OB (on order)
    '17 Whaler 150 Montauk
    '15 Yamaha FXHO
    '60 Mulray Dinghy
    '52 Lyman 15'
    Mercury 150 4-stroke
    68 Outboards representing 11 manufacturers
    I asked the same question a while back about bimini tops. Really got no definitive answer, but based on what everybody said my own conclusion was it probably makes no difference.

    I have 9 years on a bright read Carver, and only 2 years on a black one. So, my data is insufficient to answer. No problems with either yet.
     
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  8. GypsmJim

    GypsmJim New Member

    15
    Aug 8, 2018
    Western New York
    '19 SPX 190 OB (on order)
    '17 Whaler 150 Montauk
    '15 Yamaha FXHO
    '60 Mulray Dinghy
    '52 Lyman 15'
    Mercury 150 4-stroke
    68 Outboards representing 11 manufacturers
    My old tinny had a brand new canvas cover that I used in the garage and for over-the-road vacations. It looked like new. My second cover was identical, but it had been on the boat outdoors and had been retreated many times.

    On the interstate when I knew it was going to rain, I used both covers - the good one underneath. Never had an issue with either.

    Of course, the cover went on that 14 footer in about a minute and a half, so it was no bother either.
     
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  9. choppstixxx

    choppstixxx New Member

    7
    Aug 1, 2018
    Penfield, NY
    2000 Sea Ray 180 BR
    3.0L Mercruiser Alpha 1 I/O
    Thanks Jim for the feedback! I most likely will get a colored one that matches my boats scheme, spice things up a bit.
    Also is it just me or is it kinda of wacky that all the online retailers that sell custom fit Carver covers pricing is all over the place. Not like $10-$20 different but like $100 different sometimes. SavvyBoater has the Sun-DURA for $370, while Boat Covers Direct has it for $470.
     
  10. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    I've been in the marine business for nearly 30 years and a life-long boater... I have yet to see a dark colored canvas cause "hot" damage to the vinyl.
     
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  11. GypsmJim

    GypsmJim New Member

    15
    Aug 8, 2018
    Western New York
    '19 SPX 190 OB (on order)
    '17 Whaler 150 Montauk
    '15 Yamaha FXHO
    '60 Mulray Dinghy
    '52 Lyman 15'
    Mercury 150 4-stroke
    68 Outboards representing 11 manufacturers
    When I searched the first time (9 years ago), BCD was the one that came up and gave the best price. Last year when I bought my Whaler, and based on exemplary service, I didn't google it, I just went back to BCD.

    In the end Carver is the bizness that warranties the product.
     
  12. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    I have a 3 year old cover I bought from National Boat Covers for my 23' Cobalt. It was not the cheapest one and I think we paid $400-500. And we live in Louisiana and get almost, or more rain than Florida. The cover is still in great condition, has not faded and the bungy cord that keeps it tight around the hem is still as tight as ever. In fact we were so impressed we bought covers from them for our patio furniture.

    When we first moved here I had to keep the cover strapped down tight with poles and PVC pipe in strategic places to prevent water pooling. I have since had a metal carport installed and I now just keep the cover on to keep out dust and critters.
    Shawn
     
  13. choppstixxx

    choppstixxx New Member

    7
    Aug 1, 2018
    Penfield, NY
    2000 Sea Ray 180 BR
    3.0L Mercruiser Alpha 1 I/O
    Well finally put my order in for a Custom Carver in Sun-DURA, specially with fall approaching more rain will be in store. Used SavvyBoater and got it for about $370 shipped for my 180 BR, excited to ditch the cover that came with the boat that is pretty beat. Will post pictures once I get it/put it on.
     

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