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Old     (moomba55)      Join Date: Jan 2008       09-15-2009, 12:33 PM Reply   
What is the number one recommended cover?
Old     (deneng)      Join Date: Feb 2005       09-15-2009, 12:34 PM Reply   
Old     (loudontn)      Join Date: Feb 2005       09-15-2009, 12:37 PM Reply   
Neal, I believe that Great Lakes Boat Top company makes your factory cover (if you still have the '04 Moomba). I think their phone # is 423-884-6761. They are located in Vonore, near Skiers Choice.
Old     (moomba55)      Join Date: Jan 2008       09-15-2009, 12:40 PM Reply   
Cody, thanks for the info, i should have been a little for specific..... have read alot about rankin and evolution and was wondering which one to go with.
Old     (liljohn)      Join Date: May 2007       09-15-2009, 12:55 PM Reply   
If you want the best call cory @ Evolution covers.
Old     (packrat)      Join Date: Mar 2005       09-15-2009, 1:04 PM Reply   
Yes Cory at Evolution Covers does a great job and good customer service too. He can also do custom add ons like gas cap cover flaps, transom cover, and swimdeck cover. He uses Sunbrella. I am very happy with mine from him.
Old     (hatepain)      Join Date: Aug 2006       09-15-2009, 1:14 PM Reply   
OT: I broke/lost a couple of my coupler clips on my cover anyone know where I can find those or even what they're called? I can't find them via google to save my life.
Old     (hatepain)      Join Date: Aug 2006       09-15-2009, 1:19 PM Reply   
Nm, I found em incidentally they're called side release buckles.
Old     (05mobiuslsv)      Join Date: Apr 2006       09-15-2009, 1:31 PM Reply
Old     (huskykr)      Join Date: Nov 2007       09-15-2009, 2:11 PM Reply   
Saw this on craigslist the other day:

Could save a few bucks if one of them works for you.
Old     (roverjohn)      Join Date: Dec 2007       09-15-2009, 2:20 PM Reply   
Isn't this the time of year for iBoats to blow their covers out for $79 or so?
Old     (hatepain)      Join Date: Aug 2006       09-15-2009, 3:10 PM Reply   
This is what I don't like about Rankin covers:

The cover doesn't come down very far off the back and I prefer the buckle style traps. Also I prefer the loop and ball sinch string over the multiple buckle system on Rankin as well as they seem to use a lighter weight Sunbrella than the one I have.
Old     (bill_airjunky)      Join Date: Apr 2002       09-15-2009, 4:30 PM Reply   
Hate, My Rankin has the buckle type straps & a cinch that gets plenty tight (it's inside the leather wrap over the BR in the Calabria logo). The reason for the multiple straps is so it is tight enough to tow with it. I just towed mine from Spokane to Entiat without any issues.

Cory has a zip on extension for this type of cover that he will make go around the swimstep. So you get the best of both worlds.

This is my 4th Sunbrella cover in probably 15 yrs. I haven't noticed that it's any lighter weight than the others. It's 4 yrs old this year. I have a couple of holes in it on the side where the MC in the slip next to my boat rubbed up on it. Otherwise it's held up very well.
Old     (tre)      Join Date: Jul 2002 Location: WI       09-15-2009, 5:37 PM Reply   
For our last two boats we had custom covers made out of Aqualon material. The material is a waterproof vinyl on the outside with a cotton like material on the inside. The material is not breathable so they need to put vents in it (in a way that keeps it waterproof). Paid about $625 for a custom job. Then it is done exactly like you want it. Our oldest cover is 8 years old and in pretty good shape.
Old     (hatepain)      Join Date: Aug 2006       09-15-2009, 8:55 PM Reply   
Bill, are the buckles on the back four or five straps or on the cinch line? I'm talking about preferring the buckles on the ones across the back and not on the cinch cord that wraps around the boat. Mine is that way buckles across the back five and ball and one ball and loop around cinch cord it's called a 5 to 1 towing cover. I had a rankin and just didn't like how hard the five straps across the back were to operate. Rankins are good covers I just know they can be easier to use.
Old    mendo247            09-16-2009, 7:48 AM Reply   
I'd like to find a nice cover too!
Old     (xcellu8)      Join Date: Oct 2009       10-21-2009, 4:19 PM Reply   
There are many types of breathable fabrics available. The big difference in price between the cheap covers (and tarps) and the good covers is due to the breathable fabrics. Never ever cover a boat with a non-breathable cover. Condensation build-up under the cover can do lots of damage.

I have the max cover from empire its a 3 layer cover made from Tyvek developed by DuPont.
Old     (bill_airjunky)      Join Date: Apr 2002       10-21-2009, 4:23 PM Reply   
Thanks for the spam Tim. You guys don't even list inboard, wakeboard, v-drive or direct drive boats on your site at all. Much less any way of measuring for a tower.

But hey, we can get an outboard cover from you
Old     (tre)      Join Date: Jul 2002 Location: WI       10-21-2009, 4:54 PM Reply   
Tim - boat cover fabric does not need to be breathable if the cover is made properly. I had a custom cover made of aqualon (which is like vinyl) and the shop that made it put vents in it. My boat stayed 100% dry in every rain storm for 8 years while outside on the lift during the summer. After using the boat monday mornings, (then off to work) we covered the boat with the interior still wet from riders getting in and out of the boat. Guess what? The interior never had a drop of mold or mildew in 8 years of having a non-breathable fabric because the cover had waterproof vents. The cover still looked brand new after 8 years. A breathable fabric will not keep a boat dry for 8 years, look brand new, and require no maintenance. My new Supra has the "standard" boat cover and so far I don't like it and it does not keep the boat 100% dry. just my 2 cents.


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