Cover. Might sound silly...

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  1. HawkX66

    HawkX66 Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2020
    SE Virginia and NH
    "Tread Knot"
    1997 Sea Ray Sundancer 290DA

    2020 F350 6.7L
    454 L29 Carb w/ Bravo III
    I've spent quite a bit on the boat this year so I'm trying to reel the spending in a little. I'm about to spend more on a new replacement bimini enclosure also.
    Any thoughts as to why a 5th wheel RV cover wouldn't work?
    We don't get much snow thankfully, so it's really just for leaves and uv protection.
    There would be some extra fabric for height probably, but for $200-$300 I thought it might be worth it. In reality it would cover the trailer too which is a bonus. The cut outs are kind of cool for access to wax or whatever too.
    Any thoughts?

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  2. JimG

    JimG Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2008
    Southern WV
    2007 310 DA
    Kohler 5ECD
    Twin 350 Mags
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drives
  3. Mike or Sonya

    Mike or Sonya New Member

    14
    Jun 3, 2019
    1996 Sea Ray Sundancer 300 , Recently purchased and transported from Florida to OK lake.
    Twin 5.7 Thunderbolt
    Like where your going! I too am looking for a cover. Last year was our first year on land and it was in a pinch we found a person selling billboard tarps that had been taken down. We were able to purchase one that was 40 x60 for less than $100 and ironically it was an ad from a boat dealer and repair company! We flipped it so that the blank side was up and secured it with thick rubber bungee straps to the trailer. It was tight, snug and secure all winter. We did have to deal with a pocket of water that formed on the front between rails - the tarp was not waterproof and made a pool up there- but that was due to our mistake and we learned from it.
     
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  4. HawkX66

    HawkX66 Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2020
    SE Virginia and NH
    "Tread Knot"
    1997 Sea Ray Sundancer 290DA

    2020 F350 6.7L
    454 L29 Carb w/ Bravo III
    My wife saw those and suggested that too, but for the same reason I don't want to use a tarp, I'd rather not use one of those.
    Just trying to think outside the box a little on this one.
     
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  5. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer, Raymarine C80 suite with radar, Mercury 310 Hypalon w/8hp Yammie 2stk
    2X 454 carbs w/ vDrives
    I used to tarp my 330 before I got lazy and started getting it shrink wrapped. Its pretty easy to build a teepee with a 2x4 header with vertical 2x4 supports and just rope to the cleats and bow rails to stabilize it and to hold the tarp to prevent rain pooling spits. Then a large tarp lays nice and flat and off of the boat surface and canvas. Rope and bungees running under the boat holds the tarp tight and minimizes wind flap (ie no scratches). We have snow so my teepee height was pretty high. With no snow load you have an easier time.
     
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  6. GypsmJim

    GypsmJim Active Member

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    Western New York
    '19 SPX 190 OB, 150 & 5 Mercs
    '17 Whaler 150 Montauk
    '15 Yamaha FXHO
    '60 Mulray Dinghy
    '52 Lyman 15'
    Mercury 150 4-stroke
    68 Outboards representing 11 manufacturers
    My buddy used to use pool covers. They worked great. But just like the guys that use blue tarps, he had mold and mildew every Spring.
     
  7. HawkX66

    HawkX66 Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2020
    SE Virginia and NH
    "Tread Knot"
    1997 Sea Ray Sundancer 290DA

    2020 F350 6.7L
    454 L29 Carb w/ Bravo III
    I'm in S.VA. That's why I don't want to use tarp materials. Mold and mildew can be nightmares here. I'd rather leave it uncovered than tarp it.
     
  8. markrsimon

    markrsimon Active Member

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    Sep 1, 2018
    Cleveland, OH
    92 Searay 400 Express
    7.4L Mercruiser Gen V
    Heres the best idea I’ve seen to date for building the wooden frame. These guys are cabinet makers by trade and rebuilt their 46’ Express Cruise from literally from the fiberglas up.

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  9. Shoyrtt

    Shoyrtt Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

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    Jul 16, 2020
    Redlands, CA
    1999 450 Express Bridge, 9’ Achilles dinghy w/15hp Suzuki EFI
    Caterpillar 3126TA
    Do you have room for a RV/boat canopy? For several years before we began storing our ski boat indoors, I used one of these canopies and then used a lightweight cover directly on the boat. The canopy provided excellent protection from the elements and I had no moisture issues using the lightweight cover.
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  10. hughespat57

    hughespat57 Well-Known Member

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    Mercruiser 5.7 260HP Alpha One Gen II, twin
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  11. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer, Raymarine C80 suite with radar, Mercury 310 Hypalon w/8hp Yammie 2stk
    2X 454 carbs w/ vDrives
    If you leave the ends of the tarp open at the top at each end and use a frame there will be airflow. But I get the issue of mold risk. Better than uncovered though. You will get moss and algae growth in the canvas uncovered.
     
  12. Nater Potater

    Nater Potater Well-Known Member

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    Oct 19, 2020
    Southwest Idaho
    1992 300DA Sundancer
    Twin Merc Alpha Gen II I/O's with 5.7 V8's
  13. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2020
    The high seas
    Pride 2
    Wind
    We use a cockpit cover, all windows open, no problems, sunbrella is breathable. If you have that option. Last winter i saw a hellalot boats at marina with $400 shrink wrap. We got no snow. Like why?
    PS our sliding side, aft cabin windows are never ever closed, ever. Cabin is fresh, air circulation is the trick.
     
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  14. HawkX66

    HawkX66 Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2020
    SE Virginia and NH
    "Tread Knot"
    1997 Sea Ray Sundancer 290DA

    2020 F350 6.7L
    454 L29 Carb w/ Bravo III
    Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm building a stick built 40' x 50' gambrel garage attached in the next couple of years. That's where the boat is eventually going to go. It should have been built last year, but guess what happened... I'm just looking at something temporary for now. There's a million $100-$150 RV covers for sale used that I can buy. There are quite a few that were never opened. 34'-37' will do the trick I think. My tentative plan right now is to leave the bimini enclosure up and build a light weight tent frame over the bow out of 1" or so pvc tubing to keep the rain from pooling. The RV cover will go over all that.
    If I were going semi permanent I'd either go with a metal garage or something like what shoyrtt posted. They're realatively in expensive and easy to put up.
     
  15. HawkX66

    HawkX66 Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2020
    SE Virginia and NH
    "Tread Knot"
    1997 Sea Ray Sundancer 290DA

    2020 F350 6.7L
    454 L29 Carb w/ Bravo III
    I actually have one of those shelter logic temp sheds for storage while I'm building my barn. It's 12x20, but I don't think it's big enough for the boat. I want the whole thing covered if I'm going to bother covering it. I had two, but a tornado didn't like one of them for some reason...
    I just spent some time clearing some space in my woods to store some of my crap.

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