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Old 28 June 2006, 12:10   #1
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Cover on or off when towing?

Do you reckon there is any or no advantage to towing with the boat cover on?

I've always worked on the principle that towing long distance, the cover makes the boat more 'aerodynamic'. Should I be bothered?

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Old 28 June 2006, 12:41   #2
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I leave it on because it stops things flying out. On a wet day it keeps all the mucky road spray off the the inside of the boat. And my other worry is some kn_b drobbing a cig in the boat when stuck at traffic lights etc.
With regards the last one maybe a worry a bit too much but this country is full of d_cks.
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Old 28 June 2006, 12:54   #3
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Unless it's a very, very well fitting cover I'd leave it off. It amazes me how the flow of air at 50mph manages to find the slightest unfastened edge and play havoc. I've towed sailing dinghies where a tightly lashed main has starting flapping and unravelling.Maybe I lack a little prowess with a piece of string.
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Old 28 June 2006, 12:57   #4
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I've towed sailing dinghies where a tightly lashed man has starting flapping and unravelling.
I don't blame him..
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Old 28 June 2006, 12:58   #5
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the advice from the guys that built my boat was to leave the cover off especially when towing any distance as any chafing (wince) could potentially start to damage the tubes.
i do however have a very close-fitting console cover to protect the electronics etc from the elements and sticky fingers etc

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If you are towing under about 30 miles @ under 50mph then I would leave cover on providing it is strapped down tight. Anything else, take it off. Chafing to both hull, tubes and cover itself is a serious problem.
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Old 28 June 2006, 14:22   #7
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I left my cover off the boat in the car park for a couple of hours and went on to drive for a few more through Scotland a typical rainy day.

Boat is normally very light and not a problem to tow. Had a near miss when ABS kicked in and took about 4x my normal stopping distance- put it down to my bad driving or diesel on the road.

It was shortly afterwards, when I started driving up 'rest and be thankful' that I realised that the boat might be the problem- a requirement for 1st gear isn't normal even with 3 passengers and the boat.

Stopped and found the boat awash with 4-5 inches of water- 400-500kg of water in a 200kg boat. The trailer wasn't looking too good as a result.

Chalked that one up to learning from experience and am a bit more careful in the rain now.
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Old 28 June 2006, 16:24   #8
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Old 28 June 2006, 16:32   #9
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Pheww, what happened there? Suddenly I had this strange new skill for typing backwards. Gone now....

What I was saying is:

Thats interesting. When I drive long distance I leave the cover on, mainly because the boat is full of holiday rubbish. I lash it down with bungies and have never had a problem with flapping, chaffing or anything else. Trouble is it takes me 40 minutes, and if there's nothing in the boat, was wondering if it was worth it.

Thanks for the replies.
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Old 28 June 2006, 16:40   #10
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Leave it off definately
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