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Imawreck
04-03-2011, 09:07 PM
Hey guys,
Could anyone post a few close ups of their boat cover installed around their tower? I have a 197 that will be getting a new dimension tower soon and need to have game plan for altering the cover to accomodate the tower. My current cover is a traditional MC cover with the double rachet at the very rear of the boat. I've got someone lined up who can do the alteration, but I want a clear understanding of what I should be asking him to do....or photos to show him.

Thanks in advance!

Imawreck
04-03-2011, 11:43 PM
Anyone? Just a quick run into your garage to snap a few?

mark g
04-04-2011, 03:10 PM
pics from prostar 197 ratchet cover not with the new dimension tower though but i'm sure same principle. first two are from front tower leg next are rear tower leg.

Imawreck
04-04-2011, 05:36 PM
Thank you very much...very helpful. Question: Would you say those plastic disconnects are the way to go? I'm just thinking with the amount of tension I put on the cinch straps to tighen down for trailering (yes...I protect the boat from buffing with plastic wrap before trailering with cover)...I wonder if they will hold up or simply break?? Just curious of your opinion?

mark g
04-04-2011, 06:04 PM
good question i only bought this boat late last year just got it out of storage, i dont plan to trailer the boat with the cover on so dont really know, they do appear strong though and as its factory i guess they tried out these things, I do know somebody with the same cover and he does trailer with the cover on and had no problems but that is with a new boat.
maybe somebody with experiance with the conectors on an older boat cover may have a better idea.

hos505
04-04-2011, 06:12 PM
I trailer my 03 TT 197 with the cover on and mine has the same plastic connectors for the tower cutouts. Most of the roads I trailer on are connector type roads with 50 mph max speed, if you're towing on the highway at 70 mph it may be different story.

skijwr
04-05-2011, 12:39 AM
Here are pics of the older style MC cover on a 2002 X7 / 197. New Dimension tower. Uses rope style tensioner.
Hope this helps.

http://i377.photobucket.com/albums/oo215/skijwr/MC_X7/DSC04488.jpg

http://i377.photobucket.com/albums/oo215/skijwr/MC_X7/DSC04489.jpg

http://i377.photobucket.com/albums/oo215/skijwr/MC_X7/DSC04490.jpg

http://i377.photobucket.com/albums/oo215/skijwr/MC_X7/DSC04491.jpg

skijwr
04-05-2011, 12:41 AM
more pics 2002 X7 / 197 cover.

http://i377.photobucket.com/albums/oo215/skijwr/MC_X7/DSC04492.jpg

http://i377.photobucket.com/albums/oo215/skijwr/MC_X7/DSC04494.jpg

http://i377.photobucket.com/albums/oo215/skijwr/MC_X7/DSC04498.jpg

Imawreck
04-05-2011, 12:53 AM
Thanks guys for taking the time. Ultimately, I think I'll end up with a slight combination of both styles above. My tower is like the second set of photos, but my cover is like the first. So...cover will ultimately get converted like the top set of photos with the clip style fastener, around the old school type tower.

I appreciate you both taking the time...I believe I have enough photos to send to the guy whos going to do the work...now, if I just knew where I could easily pick up four sets of those plastic disconnects. I know Gander Mtn has them, but don't know their quality relative to what MC uses in their covers. Ultimately, I don't want to have to replace what I get first go round.

Thrall
04-05-2011, 01:06 PM
Those Fastex (I think) buckles will hold fine. MC doesn't use anything special. Any upholstery/awning shop will have the webbing and buckles. The only trick is finding a person/shop that doesn't want half as much as the cover costs to cut 4 holes and sew in some banding and velcro.

Imawreck
04-05-2011, 03:45 PM
Which brings up a very good point: What "is" a fair price to pay someone for this service? I know materials cost next to nothing, but I wouldn't be surprised if an upolsterer were to spend 3 hrs on a project like this, no? I've no idea what they charge per hr...but I agree that I'd better work out a ceiling before I just offer an open wallet. It should cost less than $150 wouldn't you agree?

Sodar
04-05-2011, 04:50 PM
Which brings up a very good point: What "is" a fair price to pay someone for this service? I know materials cost next to nothing, but I wouldn't be surprised if an upolsterer were to spend 3 hrs on a project like this, no? I've no idea what they charge per hr...but I agree that I'd better work out a ceiling before I just offer an open wallet. It should cost less than $150 wouldn't you agree?

My cover guy charges $60/leg when he is building a new cover. I am not sure what he charges for a rework.

Just throwing it out there for comparison.

Imawreck
04-05-2011, 11:55 PM
Thanks. I spoke to the guy tonight and he said he charges $35/hr which seem very fair. His time plus materials (can't imagine the disconnects and velcro/strapping material will be more than maybe $40 or so) and he said he "should" be able to do it in about 4 hrs. Said its a lot of taking the cover on and off to be sure all lines up properly for a professional fit/look. That said, if it goes as planned I should be into it for under $180...hopefully less. I can live with that since I'd rather the thing is covered on its trip home from TN to WI. :)

Shooter McKevin
04-06-2011, 02:03 PM
A couple of websites that might have some helpful photos.

http://www.skiboatcovers.com/index.html
http://www.evolutioncovers.com/

I like the way evolution has the little sock that comes up the tower a little. This should keep water from running into the boat at the tower leg.