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Old 16 March 2011, 03:04   #11
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Why bother?
Personal choice and depends how far you're travelling...in our case, the covered boat means all the boating paraphernalia/holiday junk doesn't have to do 300 miles in the back of the car.
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Old 16 March 2011, 04:08   #12
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The cover only has to get going once to do damage.
We only had to tow once
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Old 16 March 2011, 09:48   #13
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Thank you so much or all your answers.

I have decided to tow without the tarpaulin (or any other cover) based on the advice given.

I'll just give it a good wash when I get home.

Thanks again!
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As a postscript, even for leaving the boat outside, I would likely go no cover than a lashed tarp, based on one or two experiences with sailing dinghies. Fitted cover = good. Tarp = nightrmare

If you are towing a lot, a console / seat cover is not be a bad idea to protect your toys and keep your bum a bit cleaner.

......and welcome to the madhouse! You planning on coming to Easdale?
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Old 25 March 2011, 04:29   #15
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very wise advice on the cover while towing-i have a couple of scuff marks on my tubes where the cover flaps while under tow/sitting in windy yard. while cleaning i spotted 2 bits of wear about the size of a 5p so i decided to put something between the tubes and cover. the previous owner couldn't have noticed the cover was doing this so i put it right before major issues.

i now have put these between my cover and the tubes-they are excellent, do not hold water and are soft rubber so don't damage anything. very cheap to do the whole rib at about 40 quid for 12m of the stuff.

http://www.toolstation.com/images/li...bbig/85326.jpg

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Only have a cover on mine when i want to keep stuff in the boat protected, i also have a made to measure cover, but the fuel cost still go up when i tow with a cover on, which no matter how good a fit still bellows and acts like a brake. Tow with out much better a good wash at the end of the day will remove all and why not pamper your boat when its given you a day of enjoyment!!
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Tow with out much better a good wash at the end of the day will remove all and why not pamper your boat when its given you a day of enjoyment!!
After we've towed 300 miles down a wet motorway I'd rather have the soggy filthy cover than a boat - including GPS & VHF - covered in wet motorway and lorry crap. Like I said earlier, it boils down to personal choice in the end.
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Tow without the cover and then wash off on your first cruise
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After we've towed 300 miles down a wet motorway I'd rather have the soggy filthy cover than a boat - including GPS & VHF - covered in wet motorway and lorry crap. Like I said earlier, it boils down to personal choice in the end.
Yes personal choice But isn't your VHF and GPS waterproof?
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Old 25 March 2011, 16:31   #20
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Yes personal choice But isn't your VHF and GPS waterproof?
Yes they are, but do I want them covered in 300 miles worth of motorway crap? I've only towed it that distance once with the cover off and I'd never do it again. As soon as we'd set off it started to p down and the crap off the motorway had got everywhere and some. Never again.

For the same reason I probably wouldn't drive a convertible car 300 miles down the motorway in the rain with the roof down.
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