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Old 16 September 2012, 08:01   #11
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These people made me one about 10 years ago. Still OK today with slight wear at console corners.
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Didn't fit perfectly but that was my measuring I suspect as I did not take the boat to them.

Was around 200 for a 5.2m boat.
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Old 16 September 2012, 08:46   #12
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you say you want a cheaper price? - you will get a crap cover. having made my own fitted cover two years ago i know how much decent material actually costs, add to that the hours of work it takes and you soon see where the money is. people ask me if i can make them a cover cheap, and i tell them it will cost at least 500. you need to look at the value of the boat you are trying to protect.
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Old 16 September 2012, 09:25   #13
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On our recent trip to Oban,I got a good look at 'Domino' and as well as being a Good looking, well founded, laid out boat!....Tony T' has the BEST cover I've yet to see!Great Fit,and Realy good Material..and about Half the Price of Some!!
Infact going to get one made for 'Raptor' when I visit that neck of the woods..Wolverhampton....
(Tempted to say Nr Birmingham instead)...but as a 'Prospect' 'Black Shadow supporter'...I did'nt think it would do my 'Prospects' much good!Eh Tony
Oh and I think it cost 400..his is 6.3
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Fully waterproof lightweight cover, fantastic fit and it folds up so small you can fit it into a tesco carry bag

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Old 16 September 2012, 10:45   #14
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you say you want a cheaper price? - you will get a crap cover. having made my own fitted cover two years ago i know how much decent material actually costs, add to that the hours of work it takes and you soon see where the money is. people ask me if i can make them a cover cheap, and i tell them it will cost at least 500. you need to look at the value of the boat you are trying to protect.
I have to disagree with your first statement. I've been using the cheap Ebay covers for over 5 years now. I've had two, the first lasted surprisingly well, the second one less so and although I can probably eek out one more winter I am looking at other options (hence this thread) but they have protected my boat really well.

I do understand the complexities in selecting the right materials and producing a correctly designed cover and agree this will come at a price, but as a customer it's not unreasonable to weigh up all the options in seeking good value for money.


700 is a lot of money and if one was to spend this amount on a cover I would want at least 15 years life expectancy and for it to be pretty maintenance free to make it a worthwhile purchase.
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Old 16 September 2012, 10:46   #15
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Fully waterproof lightweight cover, fantastic fit and it folds up so small you can fit it into a tesco carry bag

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That's a smart looking cover. What sort on guarantee did you get for life expectancy?
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I think Forth Marine textiles made all four of mine, and each one was made to measure, out of PVC (like curtainside material as mentioned) with wear patches on the areas where it lay over consoles, engine etc.

They are heavy, but a very snug fit as they were tailor made, and could be tied down with as many lashings as I cared to specify to the maker. All were about 450 and varied from 5.8 to 6.3m.

Tonys cover looks snug
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I have console covers made by sea swan which are great. My business partner has a sea swan cover for his searider 5.4 that was so good I've just ordered one for mine. About 450 from memory. The guy that runs the business couldn't be more helpful either
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700 is a lot of money and if one was to spend this amount on a cover I would want at least 15 years life expectancy and for it to be pretty maintenance free to make it a worthwhile purchase.
Andy, Sanders felt safe enough to quote 10 years, in my experience if a commercial concern is willing to commit itself like that, they will always err on the side of caution. I'm hoping for quite a bit more than 10 years from my cover. My cover is also massive, going over a box cover on top of my A frame which covers my anchor light and antennas, as well as console etc. So certainly plenty of material in it, and no maintenance. I am happy that it was money well spent....................
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Old 17 September 2012, 17:28   #19
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I have a full fabric cover on my Ribcraft 6.8 that can be put on whilst the boat's afloat. It was made by Ribcraft and cost 500 four years ago. I've had a few repairs made this year but nothing serious and could see it lasting for quite some time yet. I think they're absolutely essential if you're boat is kept outside or on a mooring. Forget waterproofing; that only lasts a few months at best. I don't bother proofing mine any more.
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Here at KB Dry Stack customers boats are generally kept with their covers on. They are removed before launching and replaced on recovery - so we know a lot about various types of boat covers.

If you are looking to buy an overall cover, In general, I would say this: -

Some RIB manufacturters own covers are great (Ribcraft, Scorpion, Ribeye and particularly Cobra) some are not!

By great I mean that they are easy to put on and off, they fit properly, are lightweight but "up to the job", stay on in high winds, are reinfoced at all the places where they rub, are breathable but watertight and cover most of the boat.

If you want one made that does all that, I would recommend CoverCare (I have one of theirs on my Humber and it ticks all the boxes when considering the above points).

You are looking at 700 though! Maybe look at it as "reassuringly expensive"?
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