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Old 04 January 2009, 09:09   #11
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Hi Nos - is a possible solution to just leave the engine uncovered & down - the cowl stops the rain getting in & it will 'breath' as it would do normally.

Or can you cut the cover ( slits or remove areas to suit) where the air inlets are as this should allow the same ventilation as normal.

Possibly (although it'd be tricky) rig somehting to hold the cover off the cowl for better airflow.(maybe foam pipelagging ?) I've used an exercise ball -

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Produc...RCISE+BALL.htm

in the bow of the boat , under the ebay cover , to stop water collecting / let air move around & left the area within the Aframe open- along the same lines ? ( can be passed to wife/girlfriend in the summer , however this carries a high risk of divorce/ seperation if not done very very carefully ! )

I'm sure most outboard cowls keep 99% of the water out - its hopefully what they are there for , but maybe like you it just feels better having every thing covered up in bad weather.
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Old 04 January 2009, 09:17   #12
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Do you really need a dedicated engine cover. Surely it's only to keep the engine from getting scratched and rain off. A good fitting boat cover should be good at that.
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Old 04 January 2009, 09:27   #13
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Do you really need a dedicated engine cover. Surely it's only to keep the engine from getting scratched and rain off. A good fitting boat cover should be good at that.
Good fitting & ebay dont generally go together , but the ebay ones aren't too bad for the cost. I've got a spare cover in the garage for 7-7.5 if anyone wants one. I'll stickit up for sale in a min .
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Old 04 January 2009, 10:10   #14
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It's exactly the same material as the rather good boat covers from ebay-and while cheap, there's not any other storage alternatives (Open to ideas though for a decent breathable cover for the engine!). It just seems to need quite a bit more ventilation to keep moisture out than it gets when drawstringed onto the engine.
Others use something like this

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I've already got 2 of the disposable dry bags under there since finding the damp problems. Odd that none of my boats have ever needed it before though.
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Get yourself down your local B&Q Extra and buy a 10 builder tarp.

Tie a rope from the A frame to the bow, pull the cover over the boat and the rope and bob's your uncle, you've got a tent on your boat.

Then at the A frame gather the back edges together and tie it together.

The air can then move around under the cover, the engine is 80% covered and it's protected.

If it comes apart after the winter ..... so what you paid a tenner for the tarp!!

Works well for me. The only thing I'd recommend is to use bungy cords on the sheet so the energy of the wind is spread to the bungies not the sheet.

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Old 04 January 2009, 17:40   #18
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There's a large air gap round the transom and plenty of air circulation.
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Well providing the Tarp provides cover for the engine that's all that's needed really. Ditch or sell on the engine cover.
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Well providing the Tarp provides cover for the engine that's all that's needed really. Ditch or sell on the engine cover.
That's pretty much what I was thinking. The cowl cover was removed as soon as I found the condensation.
It was only on there to stop the boat cover wearing the paint on the cowl as it moves slightly across the outboard in high winds, but to be honest I'd rather have to touch up the engine!
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