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Old 15 June 2010, 15:24   #11
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are they strong enough to drive around with?
Mine has done Dartmouth and back from Portsmouth at least 4 times now, and only needed one repair when I forgot to put one of my pipe insulation pieces on the windshield and the edge went through the cover.

I don't tend to use it locally, just for longer jouneys where there is also all the camping gear to keep covered in the boat.

The secret is to adjust the straps both over the cover and under the boat to minimise billowing and flapping.
I add 3 additional straps over the boat when doing a long journey which helps.

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Old 15 June 2010, 21:11   #12
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are they strong enough to drive around with?
Depends how well it fit your particular boat.They are only plastic fittings and elastic holding them down.

Mine flapped quite badly when I towed it 2 miles with it on.
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Old 16 June 2010, 08:29   #13
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Never tried to tow with it, although I have considered it. Was wary of it blowing off and creating a right load of trouble.

Mine's lasted two years now, small tear where its rubbed on the steering wheel which I've now duck taped , great stuff that duck tape!
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Old 20 November 2010, 08:43   #14
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A futher update as its that time of year when these things come out again in anger...

Have done a few 'tweaks to the rear for a 'better' fit - not perfect by any means but better round the frame & over the engine. If I could be bothered I'd do it properly.... but hey!

Pics of it on 'on water' - three of the four straps under the hull (i couldn't be bothered with the 4th and without it the 'tent' effect is better. Survived the 50knt gusts last week & stops the majority of water coming in ( running the bilge pump batteries down).

Not as waterproof as when new 3 years ago, but some fabsil will help when its dry .

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Old 20 November 2010, 12:10   #15
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So.... what's the secret to fitting it on the water?
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Old 20 November 2010, 12:15   #16
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So.... what's the secret to fitting it on the water?
A Pontoon to crawl out on to and a weight to sink the straps under the hull. Start at the bow work back & crawl around under the cover and tighten the elastic a lot !
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Old 21 November 2010, 08:36   #17
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have towed with mine fitted loads of times, and yes when I fill the boat with other stuff - kayak's, paddles, etc etc
secret is adding bungy cords.
A large one around the console, and link ones connecting at the four corners
down and right under the hull. That stops most of the billowing, but you will always get a little. More bungy cords you use the less flappy you get
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