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Old 02-08-2020, 08:30 AM
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Question Cover with Drawstring?

Hello,
Please know I have searched Google and this forum without results.
I am looking for a cover with a drawstring for an 18 bowrider/runabout. Regal with I/O.
We purchased a 600D cover on Amazon....it is already coming apart after 6 weeks. It started off fine...the shock-cord in the hem seemed sufficient, but isnt really. The boat is on a lift and we really only have access to one side...so we used straps on the port side and weights on the starboard side. Worked great until 2 days ago. We had extremely high winds (gusts likely over 40-50) for an extended period of time. The cover didn't stay very well. It didn't go anywhere but allowed the boat to be 50% uncovered. And the material is disintegrating after just 6 weeks. It is like a bonded fabric with a "waterproof" liner...well it's not waterproof and it is unbonding. Shredding apart.
It appeared to be a great cover. Very heavy. But JUNK.
Thankfully Amazon is refunding us.
I have been to so many sites and NONE of them offer one with a drawstring. Help? I have had one years ago...so I know they exist.

Old 02-08-2020, 08:50 AM
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Get your local canvas guy to make one, you will be pleased. Or call a mobile guy.

Suncoast Mobile Marine canvas has done work for me, always pleased.
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Yes, that was an option we explored...but quickly decided against when told of $1,700 estimate...then we have to get a trailer and tow it to him. The cover would be a third of the boat price (we bought used).
Seems like if I could get a decent cover with a drawstring it would do the trick. I dont mind paying a couple hundred or more...but there is a limit.
Thanks for the response
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I wouldn't bother with a drawstring, if you're wanting a cover that will remain in place then look for a trailering cover with straps that will attach to the lift or under the hull of the boat or find a cover that uses nylon straps with ratchets to keep it tight against the boat. Drawstrings won't give you the ability to cinch it as tight as you want.

Just my $0.02.
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When it comes to boat covers a few hundred doesn't buy you much. Just quality material like sunbrella is 30 bucks a yard.
Old 02-08-2020, 10:53 AM
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Originally Posted by DieselDrax View Post
I wouldn't bother with a drawstring, if you're wanting a cover that will remain in place then look for a trailering cover with straps that will attach to the lift or under the hull of the boat or find a cover that uses nylon straps with ratchets to keep it tight against the boat. Drawstrings won't give you the ability to cinch it as tight as you want.

Just my $0.02.
Thanks...but yes. The cover that disintegrated has 10 or 12 straps and is referred to as a trailer cover. As I said in the original post. I used the straps on the port side. weights on the starboard. help. No worries... I'l keep looking.
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I had a Snugfit boat cover by Westland for a previous boat. Made of “Sharkskin,” I was very pleased with the fit, function, and longevity. It was still in good shape when I sold the boat.
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Originally Posted by The Peddler View Post
I had a Snugfit boat cover by Westland for a previous boat. Made of “Sharkskin,” I was very pleased with the fit, function, and longevity. It was still in good shape when I sold the boat.
Thank you. I found a Westland sunbrella exact fit cover, with drawstring and cincher tool. $500 ish.
Thanks for your help.

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