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Jeff d
02-25-2011, 10:34 AM
I have an Aerial Airborne on my 230 VRS and I've got a dilemma on what to do about a cover.

I could get a custom cover but I'm assuming that's big $$$. People are pretty vague about what they've paid for these in the forums but they seem to be about 3x the cost of an off the shelf cover.

I could get a universal cover for a "Tournament Style" boat with universal tower cutouts:
http://shop.monstertower.com/p-122-boat-cover-for-conventional-tournament-ski-boat-with-tower.aspx

Or I could get an "Exact Fit" cover, cut slots in it and put in zippers/velcro:
http://www.westlandcovers.com/index.php?tplaction=search&keyword=ef

I have an exact fit cover right now similar to above but it's on its last legs. It's dry rotten and has a huge rip at the ski pylon. I may use it for experimentation if I go the modified "exact fit" route but I definitely need a new cover.

Lastly I could make my own cover using the old exact fit cover as a pattern. I've done some sewing in the past and the wife sews regularly but nothing of this size. I'm not sure how it would play out but I have access to a portable commercial upholstery sewing machine. Does anyone know of a good source for suitable fabric?

I keep the boat under a carport so water pooling on top of the cover isn't much of a concern most of the time. I would like to have a good fit though so that it's not a hassle to put on. I don't regularly tow it long distances so the ability to tow with the cover on isn't a very big concern.

NatesGr8
02-25-2011, 10:37 AM
http://shop.monstertower.com/p-122-boat-cover-for-conventional-tournament-ski-boat-with-tower.aspx

NatesGr8
02-25-2011, 10:39 AM
^^^ I had one of those on my PS190 and the cover seemed like it would be very versatile and adjustable for different tower configurations.

Jeff d
02-25-2011, 10:40 AM
^^^ I had one of those on my PS190 and the cover seemed like it would be very versatile and adjustable for different tower configurations.

I suppose you can't comment on how it will fit my boat but is it generally easy to put on and well made? Do any of the "universal" features make it harder to deal with?

NatesGr8
02-25-2011, 10:49 AM
after you get it set up the first time putting it on and removing it was a snap. I could do it myself in about 5 minutes. Getting the cover placed the first time (adjusting the Velcro openings) was a bit tricky and took me and my bro about 20 minutes to get it all straightened out and settled.

I did modify the cover myself as well...i cut and sewed slots so the pop up cleats could poke through the cover when docked.