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chrison600
10-24-2013, 03:32 PM
I need to get a new cover for my 01 X-Star and want to make a smart purchase. The current cover is equipped with snaps that correspond to snaps attached to the underside of the rub rail. I'll have these added by a local shop once I've purchased a new cover.

Any advice on the best current cover for a boat?

Thanks,

Chris

scott023
10-24-2013, 03:35 PM
Find a reputable upholstery company and get one to make it for you.

H2ORidr
10-24-2013, 03:46 PM
I second that but would add find a canvas boat cover company. My brother has a big boat and he gets amazing canvas work done by his local shop. I have visited a place close to me here in the Twin Cities and got a tour of their shop and their finished boats. Their work was amazing.

scott023
10-24-2013, 03:56 PM
I got mine made of Sunbrella. 10 year warranty.

Indyxc
10-24-2013, 07:30 PM
In the malibu evolution covers are suppose to be really good

http://www.evolutioncovers.com/

ttu
10-24-2013, 07:48 PM
^^ curious as to why you used Malibu in your statement. they made me one when I had my 05 supra ssv and I know eastie has one on his nautique.

great covers btw!!

chrison600
10-24-2013, 09:00 PM
Just contacted Evolution. The do not have a pattern for my boat. What about the Covermate covers from Overtons?

Indyxc
10-24-2013, 09:27 PM
^^ curious as to why you used Malibu in your statement. they made me one when I had my 05 supra ssv and I know eastie has one on his nautique.

great covers btw!!


Incomplete statement on my part. On the malibu forums it's the de facto choice.

scott023
10-24-2013, 09:33 PM
Just contacted Evolution. The do not have a pattern for my boat. What about the Covermate covers from Overtons?

I personally wouldn't buy any premade cover after getting a custom made. The fit difference is night and day.

H2ORidr
10-24-2013, 11:24 PM
I personally wouldn't buy any premade cover after getting a custom made. The fit difference is night and day.

That was what I noticed when I toured the shop I visited. The covers were snug and look like they grew over the boats. And when I asked about getting a cover that would totally protect the boat from the sun, especially when on the trailer they said that was absolutely no problem.

scott023
10-25-2013, 12:46 AM
That was what I noticed when I toured the shop I visited. The covers were snug and look like they grew over the boats. And when I asked about getting a cover that would totally protect the boat from the sun, especially when on the trailer they said that was absolutely no problem.

That's what I was told too. The finished product is so far superior to the factory cover, surprised the heck out of me.

Tristarboarder
10-25-2013, 12:57 AM
Is a factory, OEM cover an overall nice cover? Are they similar to the Sunbrella type? I would imagine that they fit great, no? Why are they so expensive? I mean, $800-900+ for a factory cover? Is it weather proof etc? Or are there better options, if say an oem cover was available at a dealership for example? Or is the after market type a better product?

scott023
10-25-2013, 08:12 AM
They are not Sunbrella, and I don't think the fit was all that good. When compared to a custom cover, there really is no comparison. My dealer suggested I go custom, so they know there are better options out there.

Traxx822
10-25-2013, 09:08 AM
Go to any upholstery guy and get a sunbrella cover. Make sure its Sunbrella. nuph sed

blackhawk
10-25-2013, 09:18 AM
I have a 2008 Stingray 195LR (which I am trying to sell). I bought a custom fit cover from Carver for it. I have been really pleased with the cover. I have had it for 3 years with no issues. The only complaint that I have is that their pattern seemed to be slightly off right in front of the windshield. On both sides in that area, they have a little too much material and it creates a small pucker that will catch water, not much, maybe 4 ounces.

They have one for your boat and the covers are made in South Carolina.

http://dealerguide.carvercovers.com/boats/display/9791

TripleThreat
10-25-2013, 09:26 AM
I just bought a custom fit cover from www.skiboatcovers.com

It's made out of sunbrella, has three support poles, custom tower cutouts and a nylon strap and buckle system that tightens the cover just below the rub rail.

It fits perfect and looks awesome. The Sunbrella material was important to me because it breathes much better than any other cover material.

I store my boat indoors less than a mile from the launch ramp, so I don't have a lot of towing distance between the water and storage for the boat to dry out.

The cover cost me right at $1000, but should last me well over 10 years, so that's really only $100 per year to keep the boat clean and dry... Small investment compared to the cost of the boat.

bhanson
10-25-2013, 09:31 AM
I have a set of custom sunbrella snap-on covers, including a tower cover, all of which are fantastic. However, when it came time to replace my pull-over travel cover I bought the sharkskin-supreme cover from iboats.com. The fit is perfect, stretches tight over the swim platform, velcroes around the tower legs, and has nice hooks/ratchets for the rope cinch.

RNR-Marine
10-25-2013, 10:07 AM
They are not Sunbrella, and I don't think the fit was all that good. When compared to a custom cover, there really is no comparison. My dealer suggested I go custom, so they know there are better options out there.

Actually, the factory OEM covers are Sunbrella. Our Exact-Fit covers are offered in Sunbrella as well.

dmminfla
10-25-2013, 01:28 PM
I got mine from Barts. Retail $600.00 on sale for 60% off = $240.00 plus a $225.00 custom skirt. All in for under $500.00 All Sunbrella.

scott023
10-25-2013, 01:29 PM
Actually, the factory OEM covers are Sunbrella. Our Exact-Fit covers are offered in Sunbrella as well.

That's interesting. Both the dealer and the upholstery shop I took my boat to said that the material the factory cover is made of is not Sunbrella. Wonder why the dealer would say it wasn't... :confused:

scott023
10-25-2013, 01:50 PM
Actually, the factory OEM covers are Sunbrella. Our Exact-Fit covers are offered in Sunbrella as well.

Just verified with MMS, who sell the most MC in the world. Mooring cover IS NOT Sunbrella. Bimini is, but the factory OEM is not.

RNR-Marine
10-25-2013, 03:17 PM
Well, we sell a lot of them (OEM covers manufactured by Great Lakes Boats Top Co.) and they are all Sunbrella ...

scott023
10-25-2013, 03:19 PM
Well, we sell a lot of them (OEM covers manufactured by Great Lakes Boats Top Co.) and they are all Sunbrella ...

They aren't factory MC covers then.

scott023
10-25-2013, 03:20 PM
My factory MC cover wasn't Sunbrella.

BrooksfamX2
10-25-2013, 03:56 PM
That's interesting. Both the dealer and the upholstery shop I took my boat to said that the material the factory cover is made of is not Sunbrella. Wonder why the dealer would say it wasn't... :confused:

OEM covers, at least the black ones like my X2 has is not Sunbrella. It is Surlast made by Glen Raven who also makes Sunbrella. (what I have read)

scott023
10-25-2013, 07:27 PM
OEM covers, at least the black ones like my X2 has is not Sunbrella. It is Surlast made by Glen Raven who also makes Sunbrella. (what I have read)

Surlast, that's the word I was looking for. Big difference between that and Sunbrella.

varun
10-27-2013, 11:07 PM
Looking at Ski Boat Covers (The Canvas Shoppe) and they only have ones listed upto year 2011 for the X25. I need one for a 2013 or 2014, any suggestions? Also these seem pricey, like close to $1000 shipped, is that reasonable?

east tx skier
10-28-2013, 09:04 AM
^^ curious as to why you used Malibu in your statement. they made me one when I had my 05 supra ssv and I know eastie has one on his nautique.

great covers btw!!

I don't have an Evolution cover. Mine is a Coversports cover. Same concept, however. Both Evolution and Coversports were started by former Rankin covers employees. Rankin is no longer in business. My Coversports cover has been excellent and I know that people with Evolution covers have been satisfied as well.

As for the brand link, when they first left Rankin, Evolution tended to do Malibu and Coversports tended to do Correct Craft. They have each branched out to other brands since then.

An oft posted picture of my cover. No snaps. No poles. Trailerable. I have towed through a virtual monsoon with it and my boat interior was bone dry when I got home.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-BoFEwTkOE34/TaJ5SziKhgI/AAAAAAAAD00/mt3zBaOMkqw/s1152/IMAG0050.jpg

DavidMCX30
10-28-2013, 02:02 PM
I went with Evolution Covers based on east tx skier review of his Coversports version. I LOVE that it's poleless. Because my boat is 23', we have to add a loop for a bungee to bring everything into taunt, tent form (meaning the water is shed by the pitch of the cover). Corey was fantastic to work with. Every person that ever helps me put my cover on says it's the best they've ever seen...including folks at my marina. I will never go back to poles. Huge fan.

JohnE
11-01-2013, 02:53 PM
I don't have an Evolution cover. Mine is a Coversports cover. Same concept, however. Both Evolution and Coversports were started by former Rankin covers employees. Rankin is no longer in business. My Coversports cover has been excellent and I know that people with Evolution covers have been satisfied as well.

As for the brand link, when they first left Rankin, Evolution tended to do Malibu and Coversports tended to do Correct Craft. They have each branched out to other brands since then.

An oft posted picture of my cover. No snaps. No poles. Trailerable. I have towed through a virtual monsoon with it and my boat interior was bone dry when I got home.



Based on your endorsement, I just ordered a Coversports cover. Dealt with Brent. He said they have patterns for many older MC's. I couldn't believe how affordable it was. Late season discount or something. Last day to order one for this year is tomorrow. After that they lay off much of their staff until orders pick up in the Spring. If anyone wants to get in touch with them their number is (425) 491-9641 or email is theprocover@gmail.com