Trailering

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by joelife, Jan 24, 2018.

  1. joelife

    joelife Member

    31
    Aug 15, 2017
    240 Sea Ray Sundancer 2008
    5.0 mag w/Bravo 111 drives
    Hi All, I have a full cover on my 240SD from bow to stern when in the storage yard. I was told to not trailer it long distances with the cover on. I am planing a long trip this spring/summer to the Delta and San Juan islands from San Diego. I do have a cockpit cover as well.
    Should I keep the cover on over these long hauls?
    Thanks
    Joe
     
  2. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    FYI - SD = Sundeck. DA = Sundancer. I assume, from your picture, you are referring to a Sundancer?

    Whether someone trails with a cover or not depends on how tightly it fits. There is no way to make a blanket statement like "don't trailer with a full cover". The original cockpit cover, with poles extended to make it tight, will be fine for trailering, though. "Sometimes" they start to lift a little in front of the center windshield on DA's - but not on every one. A piece of hull preservation tape will solve that, though. You'll get various opinions on what people "prefer" to do, but that's the general idea. Personally, I have always used the original covers for trailering with all of my Sea Ray's. I would have no hesitation to use a good full cover, though - as long as it was tight.
     
  3. joelife

    joelife Member

    31
    Aug 15, 2017
    240 Sea Ray Sundancer 2008
    5.0 mag w/Bravo 111 drives
    Yes Sundancer sorry. Thanks for the response.
     
  4. bbwhitejr

    bbwhitejr Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 14, 2013
    Lake Lanier GA
    2007 44DB
    Cummins QSC 8.3s
    I trailered our 260DA and after Dennis said it was ok to trailer with the cockpit cover on it, I never pulled it without it.

    Worked well and the interior stayed perfectly clean.

    Bennett
     
  5. RollerCoastr

    RollerCoastr Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Cedar Point, OH / Miami, FL / MacRay Harbor, MI
    1997 400DA
    340HP 7.4 Mercruiser Bluewaters
    Garmin 8212, 741 24HD, Intellian I2
    1999 280BR
    Twin 250HP Merc 350 Alpha Ones
    Once I pulled my cuddy with the cockpit cover on. It came loose, but I think that was because it snapped to the top, not the bottom of the windshield. Fortunately, enough snaps held that I didn't lose it.

    My current cover snaps to the bottom, but bow-riders are different. They can become massive air scoops. The wind broke the latch on my pass-through door. My covers fit tightly, but they were expensive to buy and represent countless hours of my labor to install snaps. I haven't found the nerve to reach highway speeds with them in-place.
     
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  6. joelife

    joelife Member

    31
    Aug 15, 2017
    240 Sea Ray Sundancer 2008
    5.0 mag w/Bravo 111 drives
    Thanks Guys,Roller Coaster I have a full cover from Bow to stern I was asking if I should trailer it long distance with the full cover on. I think Dennis answered the question. I will use the cockpit cover only.
     
  7. RollerCoastr

    RollerCoastr Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Cedar Point, OH / Miami, FL / MacRay Harbor, MI
    1997 400DA
    340HP 7.4 Mercruiser Bluewaters
    Garmin 8212, 741 24HD, Intellian I2
    1999 280BR
    Twin 250HP Merc 350 Alpha Ones
    It covers the windshield?
     
  8. joelife

    joelife Member

    31
    Aug 15, 2017
    240 Sea Ray Sundancer 2008
    5.0 mag w/Bravo 111 drives
    Yes
     
  9. joelife

    joelife Member

    31
    Aug 15, 2017
    240 Sea Ray Sundancer 2008
    5.0 mag w/Bravo 111 drives
    Yes the cockpit cover does cover the windshield
     
  10. DTW

    DTW Member

    31
    Apr 21, 2010
    Columbus, Ohio
    2011 260 DA 350
    Previous boats: 2002 240 DA, 1999 215 Chap, and 1988 Searay Seaville
    350
    If the weather forecast is clear, I remove my carpet and trailer without the cover. Bottom line trailering with any cover on hads more wear and tear to cover.
     
  11. JimG

    JimG Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2008
    Southern WV
    2007 310 DA
    Kohler 5ECD
    Twin 350 Mags
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drives
    I agree with the wear and tear... also you'll constantly be looking back to make sure it's not coming off. Don't need that distraction when towing IMO.
     
  12. joelife

    joelife Member

    31
    Aug 15, 2017
    240 Sea Ray Sundancer 2008
    5.0 mag w/Bravo 111 drives
    Thank you Jim
     
  13. Woody

    Woody Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2007
    N. Wisconsin/Lk Superior
    2005 420DA
    Cummins 6CTA8.3
    I towed my 200BR and 270SD using the factory front tonneau and cockpit covers. I also tow my 280DA with it's factory cockpit cover on. All have seen at least 75mph on the highway without even one problem, no accelerated wear or damage to them either. Make sure all snaps can snap and hold, keep the support poles adjusted properly/up snuggly.

    i never towed without them on, I wanted the protection from dust, bug swarms, tar spots, and unexpected rains. Highway rain is filthy stuff. Another benefit was not having to unload everything from inside the boat. My .02 of course.
     
  14. joelife

    joelife Member

    31
    Aug 15, 2017
    240 Sea Ray Sundancer 2008
    5.0 mag w/Bravo 111 drives
    Thanks Woody I want the protection from all of what you said as well. I had a cover made from Cover Anything to cover my boat from the Bow Roller to the stern so when its in storage yard it stays clean.Its not that tight but I can make it tighter. I have the Factory Cockpit cover that snaps in over and covers the windshield.I am not concerned about wear and tear on the cover's.
     
  15. endless seas

    endless seas Member SILVER Sponsor

    923
    Feb 13, 2008
    Baltimore,Maryland
    1997 450 DA
    Cat 420
    I wouldn't take the chance of damaging it if it did what will this cost?
    We have a little Boston Whaler with custom helm and bucket seat covers and I take those off. Cost me 700.00 for the three and I don't need to loose them going down the highway.
    Just a thought and you will only make that mistake once.

    Tom
     

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