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Old 28 June 2006, 16:02   #11
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I doubt it would make much difference to the aerodynamics because the airflow over the boat will be turbulent anyway, being behind the tow vehicle. And if it is in front of the tow vehicle, aerodynamics are probably going to be the least of your worries in about 0.2 seconds time, more likely to be that hedge over there

I have been thinking of a cover for mine when it is parked in the yard but it is very windy here and I have the same concern re chafing. Nobody here uses car covers, for exactly that reason.

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Old 28 June 2006, 16:32   #12
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I had a 4.2 zodiac with a cover, it just keep flaping lose !!!!!!!!!!

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Old 28 June 2006, 16:57   #13
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we tow without the cover on as it would flap around and be a right pain on the rib, the shetland we always tow with the cover on but the cover is at the rear and out of the direct wind so to speak

as mentioned chaffing etc would be a pain

with cover off you get flys everwhere which is a pain

however i do find the boat is much nicer to tow than a large caravan
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Old 28 June 2006, 17:07   #14
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Towing with cover on

Here's my two pence worth.
I tow with the cover on. It keeps the rain & road muck out of the boat and off the tubes. Also means I can use the inside for storage. The cover is tied & bungied down tight to the trailer so the edges don't touch the boat & chaffe. This does mean I get a bit of wind up inside & create a bit of a sail but my cover does the boat end to end including the engine. With the prop cover on there is only the bottom of the hull exposed.
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Old 28 June 2006, 17:11   #15
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Originally Posted by Hugh Jardon
I do find the boat is much nicer to tow than a large caravan
I find that a Ringo is much nicer to tow than a large caravan.
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Old 29 June 2006, 04:56   #16
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I've been thinking of buying a boat cover off Ebay, someone posted this link here recently:

I wrote to two people on ebay who seemed to be selling similar covers and asked them if the cover would fit over an A frame and so cover the outboard, one said 'I doubt it' the other said 'they have an elasticated hem that allows it to strech fit over the outboard and A frame'.

It's strange that these sellers seem to have different opinions over what seem to be very identical covers. I'm wondering if anyone here has any views on covers and whether or not they're likely to stretch over an A frame?
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Old 29 June 2006, 05:53   #17
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Bear in mind also that any sharp edges not the sort that cut but could wear through something will do just that, once the hole has appeared air gets in and starts shredding the whole shooting match.

It would be a pity to ruin what is probably an expensive cover unless its well made, tight fitting and very tough......?
New boat is here, very happy!
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Old 29 June 2006, 14:37   #18
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I got a very tidy bespoke cover made by Chris & marine & industrial covers (part of the burton waters (sealine dealers) lincoln complex)

Excellent cover and I've tugged mine from Sheffield to the east yorkshire coast all last season @ 50 - 70mph for 150 miles round trip without any problem at all. Did the trip atleast a dozen times till we moved out here.

All depends on the quality of your cover........
The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice that which we are for what we could become. (& then get the RIB out !)
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Old 02 July 2006, 14:47   #19
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Pro's & Cons of towing with cover on/off

Have just returned from a trip to the South of France, towing an Avon 6.20 RIB c/w Honda 150hp. Bought a cover from Kevin @ Pacer Marine with the intention of towing with it on. Does a fantastic job when static (Self supporting with tent type flexible poles) great to about 70kph but starts to flog above that. Just too much wind resistance lifting everything that can lift!

In the end took the cover off, towed at 100-120kph kept the boat secure at fuel stops and put the cover on when we overnighted to detract prying eyes/hands!

Am determined to do further research to see if we can modify ours as I would always prefer to tow covered, however I'm not sure if a RIB with a consol/screen/jockey seats/bench seat/A frame/outboard can be covered in a way that keeps it tidy & secure & have a low enough drag co-efficient to prevent flogging/chafing etc.

Any thoughts would be well appreciated.

PS. By the way, having enjoyed the West coast of Scotland (Plockton) every year, North Wales (Frequently) - I can recomend the South of France (Port Grimaud, near St Tropez) for a friendly, sunny boating holiday any time & quite frankly I will be planning a return just as soon as I can!
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Old 03 July 2006, 07:41   #20
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With a rib......... small as your's why don't you do as P D and stick it in the boot or on the roof.

Buy it & Use it, then sell it and buy something bigger
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