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Old 14 January 2014, 05:31   #1
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Tarpaulin over the consol

As I dont want to pay 180,- for covers on my Outhill consol and seat covers I decided to use heavy duty tarp to cover them and found this Topgrade Tarpaulin | Tarpaulins Direct

I know it will be a bit of folding to get it right but have any of you got experience to use bungee to tie them through the eyelets and then with I assume hooks to the bottom of the consol..... Ball loop bungee, toggle bungee, tarp grabber, anchor guys are terms used and googled but can come to a conclusion what is best to use.... Any tips ? txs
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Old 14 January 2014, 05:42   #2
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I had a centre console cover made for a sports fisher a few years back. It was custom fitted but used the bungee loops and console hooks as you have described. It worked perfectly. A cheap option would be to use eyelets and make bungee loops using cable ties.

Just one thing to consider - a tarp will also keep dampness in, so look out for mould etc under the cover.
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Hi Huib,

From experience I would advise against covering your console in any material that isn't breathable. Trapping moisture inside a tarp will play havoc with your electrics. I assume the 180 covers are breathable? and will do a much better job in the long run.

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Hi Steve, I think you both might be right.... As you know I have a cover which is fine when in the stack but was think of making a cheap cover option to cover the vinyl seats when its moored but just dont want to spend 180,- on covers which are hardly used ?

ps, I found a way to do the nav lighting as well..... Need to by them but will go for Navisafe lights which I can either stick on the transom with a Railblaza pole but also the red/green can be done easily.... They are then more temp nav lights which will work better and cheaper for us .....
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Trapping moisture inside a tarp will play havoc with your electrics.
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What sort of havoc? I've been covering my whole boat with a big tarp since we got it (Nov 2012) with no ill effects thus far. The plotter gets a bit of condensation in it but i think that's more to do with the age of the unit than the tarp; it does it even when there was no cover on when we first got it. Not as waterproof as it used to be.

Was going to get a Ducksback when the tarp started to get manky but may need to pull it forward if there's a convincing argument for it.
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What sort of havoc? I've been covering my whole boat with a big tarp since we got it (Nov 2012) with no ill effects thus far. The plotter gets a bit of condensation in it but i think that's more to do with the age of the unit than the tarp; it does it even when there was no cover on when we first got it. Not as waterproof as it used to be.

Was going to get a Ducksback when the tarp started to get manky but may need to pull it forward if there's a convincing argument for it.
tarp won't be too bad if covering the complete rib as long as you leave space near the transom to let the fresh air in, more of an issue if you just cover the console & fix it low down, doesn't let air circulate so causes condensation, mould etc
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tarp won't be too bad if covering the complete rib as long as you leave space near the transom to let the fresh air in, more of an issue if you just cover the console & fix it low down, doesn't let air circulate so causes condensation, mould etc
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So what about an article from Ducks back which surely is breathable and 16 a piece......Ducks Back | Protective Outdoor Products | Boat Covers UK.... Not matching and surely not a perfect fit but it keeps the rain out !!
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So what about an article from Ducks back which surely is breathable and 16 a piece......Ducks Back | Protective Outdoor Products | Boat Covers UK.... Not matching and surely not a perfect fit but it keeps the rain out !!


Hi I've got a Ducksback Had it for a few years and still ok. I got two slots made for A frame for a better fit but I still leave the transom open to allow circulation. Overall very please with the cover for the price.

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Old 14 January 2014, 19:33   #10
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I used a garden bench seat cover on my old boat console.
Was breathable and waterproof material.
Cost 10.00 from b&q!
it had a draw string around the bottom, with that pulled tight, never came loose whilst at anchor.
Only used it when the boat was on the water but it was always bone dry underneath each morning!
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