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The canvas cover for our Bass Tracker 165 is at the end of its life, so I’m shopping for a new one.  I’m looking at a cover that is described as made from “Premium 100% Solution Dyed Marine Acrylic 9.25 oz. Fabric utilizing either Sunbrella® or Outdura®. 


I’m not familiar with boat cover lingo.  Is this a heavy duty cover, good for winter storage or trailering?

 

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For trailering, fit is the most important feature. A generic cover that is not custom made to provide the tightest fit will flap in the wind, rip the securing straps and cause the fabric, whatever it’s made, from to fray. For outdoor storage, resistance to sun damage is most important. If you keep you boat outdoors and keep it covered while traveling, both features are important for a long lasting cover.

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The cover I’m looking at is made specifically for our boat model.  It’s just the material I’m looking to understand (I want heavy duty),

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Best option is to visit a quality custom boat cover maker and look at the fabrics.  They will explain the differences between them all, then you can choose which ever.  Remember, many over the counter covers are made frim Chineseum materials which may not meet US definitions..  I use semi truck tarp companies with their material....10 years and still looks like new and 100% waterproof still today

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40 minutes ago, The Baron said:

The cover I’m looking at is made specifically for our boat model.  It’s just the material I’m looking to understand (I want heavy duty),

MY advice is to purchased the most expensive one you can afford.

Ever hear anyone say

"I paid too much for my boat cover and it works way too good" ?

Me either.

Good Luck

:smiley:

A-Jay

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If it’s the same fabric our sunbrella outdoor umbrella and cushions are, then it’s heavy duty. I’m sure they make a couple weights though so better to get the specs of the cover material and find some outdoor furniture locally with the same fabric that you can touch. Or, just ask for a fabric sample from the cover maker. They should have a 6” piece laying around. 

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I too got sick of paying to wrap the boat every year. I decided to buy an expensive $500 (on sale) “marine grade acrylic” boat cover from Cover Craft. It seems thick and well made. I also wasn’t sure if I wanted polyester or acrylic. I saw somewhere polyester is stronger but won’t last as long as the acrylic. I highly recommend this boat support pole system to go with the cover. First year using the cover and support, all seems fine. 
 

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2 hours ago, gimruis said:

@The Baron when you say “winter storage” does that mean inside or outside?


Outside storage.  I have the boat here at home so I can clear snow off and keep an eye on it.  It’s double covered - my summer rain/sun cover, then the heavy duty canvas cover.  But the canvas cover is very tired and covered in tape patches.

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1 minute ago, The Baron said:


Outside storage.  I have the boat here at home so I can clear snow off and keep an eye on it.  It’s double covered - my summer rain/sun cover, then the heavy duty canvas cover.  But the canvas cover is very tired and covered in tape patches.

 

In that case I would go with what some kind of heavy duty tarp that @airshot recommended above.  If the rain/sun cover is fine, you can continue to use that.  But for seasonal outdoor winter storage in a northern climate, I would go with something industrial grade.

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Go look at a semi truck tarp maker, they can also make boat covers ( mooring type covers not bimini tops), that material may well last a lifetime !!  Mine is over 10 years old and still like new, just dirty.  And it has been trailered, wind blown, snowed on, hot sun, you name it....tough stuff...but it is heavy..

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Sunbrella is a good outdoor material but not water proof as far I know. Towable covers are OK for Aluminum boats not so good for fiberglass unless custom made with pads in the wear spots and trailer tie downs.

A water proof tarp over the cover is a good choice along with frame supports and good water rain drainage and snow weight.

Tom

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I had custom cover made 6 years ago from top gun 11oz material.  I tow the boat about 3000 miles a year and it’s stored outside in southern Michigan winters. The cover has held up well I expect I should be able to get at least another 5 years from this cover. 

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On 2/12/2024 at 7:08 PM, Bensc said:

I had custom cover made 6 years ago from top gun 11oz material.  I tow the boat about 3000 miles a year and it’s stored outside in southern Michigan winters. The cover has held up well I expect I should be able to get at least another 5 years from this cover. 

I had a cover made from that stuff some years back, great cover, no issues and it was waterproof.  Haven't heard that name in a while....

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On 2/12/2024 at 6:08 PM, Bensc said:

I had custom cover made 6 years ago from top gun 11oz material.  I tow the boat about 3000 miles a year and it’s stored outside in southern Michigan winters. The cover has held up well I expect I should be able to get at least another 5 years from this cover. 

Not sure what material I had my custom cover made of. The guy who made it did custom upholstery for antique cars, racing boats, and hot rod cars as his main gig. The factory towing cover lasted 4 years before it dry rotted. The custom cover was still as pliable, 6 years later when I sold the boat, as it was the day I picked it up. 

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