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Old 15 June 2008, 04:51   #1
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Trailering and Covers?

Do you trailer on long distances - eg down to middle of French Atlantic coast, with boat covers on or off. If on, do you tie the cover down with additional ropes or straps?



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Old 15 June 2008, 14:55   #2
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I don't tow with cover on, it stretches the stitchin and can cause nasty rubs on craft where tied.

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Old 16 June 2008, 04:35   #3
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No cover on the rib, but the difference in fuel consumption towing a 470 dinghy with & without cover is incredible. (~5 MPG along a motorway)

Ideally the cover should have a rope round the perimiter which should be done up tight to stop wind getting underneath it. If you have a load of bungee round it, forget it, it won't hold it down.
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Old 16 June 2008, 04:37   #4
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Leave it off.
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Old 16 June 2008, 07:24   #5
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I have often towed with it on - and gone faster than I should down the motorway (accidently of course). A cover is essential if you are carrying the wifes luggage in the boat

And I use adjustable bungees pulled tight, around every 1/2 metre. I added extra points to accomodate this. I also tape right round the bow with duct tape a couple of times (mainly because my cover is not a great fit and there is excess material at that point).

Never had any problems towing 6 hours plus.

Chaffing of tubes? Not in my experience.
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Old 16 June 2008, 09:47   #6
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I Allways worry that some scroat will throw a fag end into the boat or you pick one up thats been chucked out of a truck etc

Also i find the road grime horid when you get there so I tow with the cover on

but i do have a purpose made to measure cover with tie downs every 3 feet

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Old 16 June 2008, 17:38   #7
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I think it depends on how your cover fits. I wouldn't tow Blue Ice with the cover on because I reckon it would turn into a parachute. But a friend who tows his 8.5m RIB down through Europe to Corsica every year keeps the cover on every time.

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