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Old 15 September 2012, 08:26   #1
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Fully fitted RIB cover Questions

I'm starting to think about replacing the "Cheap" Blue ebay cover with a fully fitted one.

I'm thinking of doing this for various reasons, the main one is that I've not been so happy with the last cheap one I bought due to the general quality of it.

So I have some questions for those who do own fully fitted covers and would particularly like to here from anyone that has changed from the regular purchase of the cheaper covers to the fully fitted variety.

1..How long is the life expectancy of a fully fitted cover

2..Do you have to carry out annual waterproofing or maintenance

3..Do these covers breath or are they susceptible to moisture dampness problems

4..What sort of price should I expect to pay for such a cover (RIB is 6.2m long)


If you could answer any of the above questions it would be a great help to me.
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Old 15 September 2012, 09:28   #2
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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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Andy, the answer to all your questons is "depends!" It depends on what material you go for. There are some covers that are made especially light for carriage on-board, but these are not known for there longevity. As you may or may not know I have a fully fitted cover, made by Sanders. My previous boat also had a fully fitted cover, and the two are like chalk and cheese. The old boat had one in a sort of heavy weight PVC like material ( I do not know what it actually was!) It was still going strong after three years when I sold the boat. It didn't leak, but it ws heavy and stiff in cooler weather. A right pig to shift during the winter.
The new one is almost like a canvas material, again I did not take too much notice of what the material actually is It is much lighter than my previous one, and appears to be fairly rugged. Sanders said that I could expect at least 10 years out of their cover. Neither of my covers have required any sort of re-prooofing.
Of course, the downside is the cost; they ain't cheap! I went to several local places, and whilst Sanders were not the cheapest I liked the cut of their jib Seriously, they did all my latest upholstery for me, and did a very good job for a very picky customer There is also a place in Emsworth that aparently does a good job, but at the time I was after one they were very busy.
Oh, and you asked about breathing; I do not have any problems with moisture, except during particularly cold nights when condensation settles on everything. However, where mine sits is a great sun trap, so even during the winter it can get quite warm under the cover. So much so that I have had to get vents put in, as I was worried about the life of electronics, batteries etc.
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Old 15 September 2012, 11:35   #4
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Hi Andy, I would have never paid out for a custom cover however a newish all over boat cover came with my boat.

I have to say it is great and I would really recommend one. A custom cover will have air vents if required and reinforcing in all the right places too.

Have a word with a member called seagreen on here as I'm sure he can make custom covers
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Old 15 September 2012, 11:58   #5
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Andy I have made to measure for a few boats and the last one was Sails, Sailmaking, Sailmakers, Lymington, South Coast, Hampshire, Sanders, Saunders, Yacht, marine upholstery, dinghies, quality, boat, design, standard also as they make a few in that area and are priced as everyone else. 6-7 metre boats 6-700 quid with a few variences for cloth type

Condensation can be an issue all all types of covers, one great tip given to me a few years ago was placing cat litter into a plastic box in a few locations to take in moisture, also greenhouse bar heaters help if you have power close by. Leav all hatches and seats open to allow free flow of air and if you can have an open back to allow air to circulate.

I have tried two covers. old on top, and the above method and survived all winters, I accept I do use the boats but not as oftern as we would like .

Another cover maker you is good is Covercare - RIB Covers at Thornham Marina Emsworth
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I had a full cover made for my old 6.5m. It was made from the material that I associate with the curtain sides in trucks. It showed no signs of wear or fading after three years. It was however, as Ian says, a heavy pig to fit and worse in cold weather as it hardened. Ideally, it's the sort of thing you keep for the winter storms and remove in the spring. It survived flying branches, ice and leaves as though it hadn't been outside.

Next time out I'll be using something lighter for the "summer" months.
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Old 15 September 2012, 13:24   #7
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Hi Andy

Covercare made the canvass fitted cover for our boat back in about 2006. Still going strong. I think it was about 400 back then. Worth every penny.

Have had one or two repairs and have had it laundered twice. Re-proofed it once.

Will be taking it back to Covercare to be modified to be an "afloat" cover when we get the new tubes in the spring.
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Andy, the answer to all your questons is "depends!" It depends on what material you go for. There are some covers that are made especially light for carriage on-board, but these are not known for there longevity. As you may or may not know I have a fully fitted cover, made by Sanders. My previous boat also had a fully fitted cover, and the two are like chalk and cheese. The old boat had one in a sort of heavy weight PVC like material ( I do not know what it actually was!) It was still going strong after three years when I sold the boat. It didn't leak, but it ws heavy and stiff in cooler weather. A right pig to shift during the winter.
The new one is almost like a canvas material, again I did not take too much notice of what the material actually is It is much lighter than my previous one, and appears to be fairly rugged. Sanders said that I could expect at least 10 years out of their cover. Neither of my covers have required any sort of re-prooofing.
Of course, the downside is the cost; they ain't cheap! I went to several local places, and whilst Sanders were not the cheapest I liked the cut of their jib Seriously, they did all my latest upholstery for me, and did a very good job for a very picky customer There is also a place in Emsworth that aparently does a good job, but at the time I was after one they were very busy.
Oh, and you asked about breathing; I do not have any problems with moisture, except during particularly cold nights when condensation settles on everything. However, where mine sits is a great sun trap, so even during the winter it can get quite warm under the cover. So much so that I have had to get vents put in, as I was worried about the life of electronics, batteries etc.
+ 1 for Sanders , they fixed the damage to the old boats cover and made the fitted cover for Streaker . I was ( literally) speechless at the level of service and job they did - just the best. I wanted to drop the cover off early for repairs and they are there from 6am in Feb ! It was dark and very cold, but a warm welcome , and were happy for me to take it away and invoice me afterwards. Worth the money for the tailoring
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My new(ish) rib came with a cover manufactured by JB yacht Services of Sarisbury Green, Southampton.

It is extremely well made, tailored canvas, heavy duty, but also flexible. It fits my 6.5M Ocean pro like a glove. Has been tailored to fit round the A frame, and it looks the business.

I have the receipt, which says 675 plus Vat.

I would certainly reccomend them, in my limited experience of them so far.
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Thanks for all your answers. I'm still having to get my head around the Circa 700 price tag for something that might only last 10 years. That seems a bit steep for a cover that will still need an occasional repair and reproofing. I've had my current RIB since 2007 and have spent just under 200 on the Ebay covers and 30 on water proofer.

What I need to do is to speak to a couple of cover makers and get a much cheaper price to make the purchase worthwhile. A good start is probably Covercare.
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