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Old 24 October 2018, 00:52   #1
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Iím in need of a new boat cover, previous one was quite a heavy pvc type. Had a quote from the Southampton boat show of around £3,500-£4,000 which nearly made be faint! Had a quote from an online company that uses buyer given measurements to make a cover priced around £6-800.

Where do you all get your covers? Are they custom and with soft underside to not damage console seating etc? Do you get separate console / jockey / engine covers? Also do you remove the cover for towing?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 24 October 2018, 01:20   #2
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I got mine from Covercare at Thornham Marina, Thorney Island in 2012. Highly recommended with plenty of choice.
I delivered the boat in the morning and picked it up with the cover in the afternoon. I canít remember how much it cost but it was competitive and still looks good after 6 years with a couple of cleanings.
Itís always a good idea to tow without the cover.

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Old 24 October 2018, 01:33   #3
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I still think the Ducks back covers at about £80 are the best things to buy. They are very light, easy to put on and work very well. They last about 3 - 4 years so excellent value for money
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Old 24 October 2018, 02:46   #4
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The type of cover you need will depend somewhat on where you plan to use it (on a mooring, in a garage , on a driveway, etc). Also, how often you will be removing and replacing the cover (just wrap it for the winter, used after every trip, etc).

From our experience here at the Dry Stack, I would say that tthe most important thing about any cover is that it fits the boat perfectly and can be secured properly.

We also recomend Covercare who make an excellent cover that fits the boat. Can't recomend DucksBack covers as they tend to come off in the wind and shred quite easily - however, I know some on here have success with them and they are cheap

Again, whether you need console and seat covers seprately will depend on how you intend to use you boat.

From memory, I think a typical 7m breathable all-over cover should cost about £800 - £1,000 Certainly not £3,500

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Old 24 October 2018, 02:55   #5
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Ducksback are one of the very best for keeping on it you pull the 3 straps correctly.

No idea how it would work up a drystack though
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Old 24 October 2018, 03:29   #6
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Mines kept on my drive so those options sound good, main purpose is over the winter but nice if itís light and easy to fit if moored in a marina during the summer. Individual console and seat covers would be good for that purpose as well when moored up and using it daily, cheers guys!
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Iím in need of a new boat cover, previous one was quite a heavy pvc type. Had a quote from the Southampton boat show of around £3,500-£4,000 which nearly made be faint! Had a quote from an online company that uses buyer given measurements to make a cover priced around £6-800.

Where do you all get your covers? Are they custom and with soft underside to not damage console seating etc? Do you get separate console / jockey / engine covers? Also do you remove the cover for towing?

Thanks in advance!


I paid £600 for a custom full cover & separate console cover from Quayside Leisure (Looey) in Cannock. Fully tailored (bespoke) and fitted over the A frame, even with the rod holders on...well I never!
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To get a good cover made it is like going to the tailor to have a suit made to measure so you would need to take your rib to the cover maker. I would highly recommend Arun Canvas and Trimming Ltd in Littlehampton
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To get a good cover made it is like going to the tailor to have a suit made to measure so you would need to take your rib to the cover maker. I would highly recommend Arun Canvas and Trimming Ltd in Littlehampton

Tel: 01903713684


yup, Looey had mine for a day to template it, the cover arrived 2 weeks later. Fits like a glove.
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Old 24 October 2018, 13:10   #10
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iv had a ducksback that fell to bits in a fortnight they did refund me in full with no questions asked and told me to just dispose of the cover myself .shame as the last ducksback id had was great after a few years use but the one that fell apart was definitely not the same quality as the old one
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Sail register at Market Rasen, well worth giving them a call
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iv had a ducksback that fell to bits in a fortnight they did refund me in full with no questions asked and told me to just dispose of the cover myself .shame as the last ducksback id had was great after a few years use but the one that fell apart was definitely not the same quality as the old one
I've just bought one, I thought that after seeing some good reviews about them I would give it a try. The quality of the material looks very good so I hope that yours was a one-off.

I had to remove my windscreen so that the side's would fit under the rubbing strakes and I have to tuck the rear of the cover around the A frame so apart from that.... it looks very snug.

I also bought a Ducksback engine cover too.
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Old 24 October 2018, 13:30   #13
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Wrong end of the country but "Custom-made-Covers" in Falkirk made a heavy vinyl cover for my 6.5mtr for £300. Just left the boat with them, picked it up the following day with the custom cover made and fitted. (They did the same for Breezblock for his Humber).

Excellent service and very strong material.
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I've just bought one, I thought that after seeing some good reviews about them I would give it a try. The quality of the material looks very good so I hope that yours was a one-off.

I had to remove my windscreen so that the side's would fit under the rubbing strakes and I have to tuck the rear of the cover around the A frame so apart from that.... it looks very snug.

I also bought a Ducksback engine cover too.
the one I had the outer waterproof layer of the material started cracking and coming away from the base layer in the creases and where it was stretched tight over the console ect .the folk at ducksback said that they were using a new supplier apologised and refunded me
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the one I had the outer waterproof layer of the material started cracking and coming away from the base layer in the creases and where it was stretched tight over the console ect .the folk at ducksback said that they were using a new supplier apologised and refunded me
Can't argue with that then
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I used sail medic in ipswich for an overall breathable cover for a 5m rib ,super job, if i remember rightly it was november ,i bought for £450 as he offered a 10% special in november COVERS - Sail Medic
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Old 24 October 2018, 16:12   #17
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Thanks everyone, all very good suggestions, Iíll follow them up and see what they can offer.

Do you bother with engine covers?
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Old 24 October 2018, 17:51   #18
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Personal choice but I think they look better without, unless the cowl is damaged of course.
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Tuff Covers in Newton Abbott made mine for me, made out of lorry siding style material works and fits well.

Also made a console and seat cover from teh same material, he also has a lighter material that looks good but was more expensive.

Uses templates and came up to me to measure up, has a range of templates ready for different craft with standard build.

Had change out of £400 for both covers.
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I've found the Ducks Back covers gives an "affordable" solution lasting 3-4 years- not perfect as leaves the boat open around the A-frame allowing rain water dead leaves etc in. Would also prefer one that caps to the rubbing strake, not straps under the boat

I haven't yet found someone to make a bespoke cover for under £1,000, with the added need to tow boat half way across the country on a week day for an manufacturer to measure up! Fully understand why they need to do this, but the time and expense have deterred me when I can get a DB that does most of the job for c. £90. - and if I could be bothered to do some cutting and sewing could probably adapt it myself

Will try Treerat's supplier in Newton Abbot for a quote though
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