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Old 23 September 2022, 07:17   #1
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Hi, Iím looking to buy a decent fitted cover for towing my Mercury 420 Ocean Runner with a centre jockey console. Does anyone have any suggestions who might be able to help with this?
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Old 23 September 2022, 08:12   #2
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Hi, Iím looking to buy a decent fitted cover for towing my Mercury 420 Ocean Runner with a centre jockey console. Does anyone have any suggestions who might be able to help with this?

Many thanks


Every cover Iíve come across usually says ďnot to be used whilst towingĒ or words to that effect. The general consensus is not to tow with a cover on. Thatís not to say that covers suitable for towing arenít out there.
I have a custom fitted cover for my RIB, but it only goes on when the boat is parked up.
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Every cover Iíve come across usually says ďnot to be used whilst towingĒ or words to that effect. The general consensus is not to tow with a cover on. Thatís not to say that covers suitable for towing arenít out there.
I have a custom fitted cover for my RIB, but it only goes on when the boat is parked up.
Good point, just need something to stop the paddle boards jumping ship on the M5!
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Good point, just need something to stop the paddle boards jumping ship on the M5!


Keep a look out in the Aldi Aisle of Dreams or Middle of Lidl. They often have trailer cargo nets for around a tenner in a range of sizes. Theyíd be a better bet imho.
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Old 24 September 2022, 19:10   #6
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That looks like a Lidl special
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Got no idea what I am talking about here. (Normal)
Driving with the tarp on could, me thinks, damage a boat with the action of the tarp flapping against it. Tarps have eyelets that if are flapping against a boat in transit could damage it.
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I've had a few boats with custom made covers that could stay on while towing but they were custom made from acrylic sunbrella type material. A canopy maker could probably produce a good fitted cover that could withstand towing but it wont be cheap the likes of ducksback type cheap covers won't last long being towed.

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Old 25 September 2022, 09:45   #9
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Had a 8mt RIB trailed from Plymouth to Portugal with a cover on and no damage to the boat or cover. Kept the boat lovely and clean whereas any long distance without a cover would leave the boat filthy. Still using the cover 4 years on. Perhaps itís down to quality of cover and how good a fits
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My original MoD cover was happy whilst towing but my current cover, which is a lot lighter, wouldn't withstand the rigours of towing. As a result I now tow without a cover.

The cargo net is a good idea and if you use it with bungee cord laced through convenient net holes, you can get rid of any flappiness.

Since towing without a cover I'm more paranoid about some thieving c&*t taking a shine to whatever is stowed in the boat.
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Old 25 September 2022, 18:59   #11
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The last thing you want is ropes or bungies tied over the tubes, probably far worse than strapping the boat with ratchet straps, a loose ish rope or bungie holding a flappy net wont take long to wear a nice groove in the hypalon imho

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Old 25 September 2022, 19:15   #12
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Hi, Iím looking to buy a decent fitted cover for towing my Mercury 420 Ocean Runner with a centre jockey console. Does anyone have any suggestions who might be able to help with this?
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Personally have never towed with cover on ,so no recommendations ,however does anybody think a cover may save fuel as a green bonus ? I was thinking about cover for next years scot trip as i was down from 32mpg to 25 last year in a disco 4
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Personally have never towed with cover on ,so no recommendations ,however does anybody think a cover may save fuel as a green bonus ? I was thinking about cover for next years scot trip as i was down from 32mpg to 25 last year in a disco 4
Yes I would expect it would help with economy, a few years ago I ran a pickup with a canvas back cover untill some tw@t stole it one night. It definitely affected the economy of the pickup without it, I'd expect the same with a boat

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Personally have never towed with cover on ,so no recommendations ,however does anybody think a cover may save fuel as a green bonus ? I was thinking about cover for next years scot trip as i was down from 32mpg to 25 last year in a disco 4
I averaged 19 mpg on my last trip with the D4

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Iíve done many miles with the cover on with no issues
Itís about 6 years old now and perished so I need a new one
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Iíve done many miles with the cover on with no issues
Itís about 6 years old now and perished so I need a new one
Is that a special order cover please ?

Very small thread drift .........how are those twin Hondas performing ?
Is that D4 with adblue ? (was thinking of changing mine but without trailer and since the diesel price has gone mad and last lr service i am getting 38mpg on open road ,possibble keeper now )
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Very small thread drift .........how are those twin Hondas performing ?
Is that D4 with adblue ? (was thinking of changing mine but without trailer and since the diesel price has gone mad and last lr service i am getting 38mpg on open road ,possibble keeper now )
Cover was made to measure as the next one will be.The pics are my old Hondas Iíve replaced them this year with new 100hp Hondas and they run sweet not sussed the gauges out yet though
Iíve got a 16 plate D4 with adblue and have kept up with the warranty I donít really bother about MPG as it does itís job so well
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Iíve done many miles with the cover on with no issues
Itís about 6 years old now and perished so I need a new one
Who made this cover?
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