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Old 15 May 2018, 02:19   #1
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Long distance towing

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I'm about to head to Lake Como from the UK next weekend, would you tow with full cover on, or just console and seat covers?
Boat is a 6.25m open.


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Old 15 May 2018, 02:28   #2
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If you have a full cover then yes a full cover, for a few minutes effort it will help to protect your rib from whatever the weather is plus small stones etc kicked up from the road plus and bird poo etc.
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Old 15 May 2018, 02:45   #3
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I don't.
The cover always "flaps and billows" rubbing against the boat. Increases fuel consumption marginally, not a major issue but the biggest PIA is what to do with the cover at the other end once you take it off.
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I don't either ,,,, towed to Greece via Ancona for 11 years now
IMHO they billow no matter how tight and good a fit are and as Last Tango says, cause drag and the strain will definitely find any weak spots in the cover . I do have a well fitted console / seat cover though to keep prying eyes off the electronics . PD may well be along with a different view though as he's well experienced in long haul
Whatever you do, keep an eye on the tube pressures as you move to warmer climes
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I'm the same, don't tow anything other than very short distances with the full cover on - most aren't really designed to stand up to driving along at 60mph. I'd leave it at home, and just wash the boat when you get there!
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I'm the same, don't tow anything other than very short distances with the full cover on - most aren't really designed to stand up to driving along at 60mph. I'd leave it at home, and just wash the boat when you get there!
I always tow without the cover fitted. I take a cheap / lightweight ducksback (ebay) cover to put on overnight to keep the boat less exposed to prying eyes, and keep it in the boat whist towing.
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Never tow with cover on for all the reasons stated above
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I’ve towed down there with cover on and off I prefer on and mine doesn’t flap as it fits properly
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I don't either ,,,, towed to Greece via Ancona for 11 years now
IMHO they billow no matter how tight and good a fit are and as Last Tango says, cause drag and the strain will definitely find any weak spots in the cover . I do have a well fitted console / seat cover though to keep prying eyes off the electronics . PD may well be along with a different view though as he's well experienced in long haul
Whatever you do, keep an eye on the tube pressures as you move to warmer climes


I always tow without cover. I have a full cover & a console cover. I only take the console cover on “long hauls”
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I tow with the cover.

It stops the ratchet straps from chafing on the tubes!
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