Go Back   TeamTalk > Maintenance Tips, How-tos and Refurbishing Topics > Upholstery

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 08-06-2007, 08:54 PM
Mike's Avatar
Mike Mike is offline
TT Newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Boat: Mastercraft, MariStar, 2002
Location: West coast
Posts: 10
Driving with or without the cover?

I have trailered my 1990 Maristar 210 thousands of miles without a cover and last summer I upgraded to a 2002 Maristar 230 with factory tower. Twice the center rear seat cushion has flown out of the back of the boat as I was driving. (yes the snap was fastened before we started to travel)
This last time driving on Vasco Road and only going about 50 MPH but with some gusty winds. I saw the seat lift up in my mirror so I slowed to about 40 looking for a place to pull over and we came around a corner and another gust took it right over the back of the boat into traffic. I pulled over and ran back and picked it up before anyone could run into it. Placed it back in the boat and made sure the snap was fastened and took off again. No more than a mile down the road we started an uphill grade through a little canyon and again the wind picked up and lifted the seat cushion and blew it right out of the boat again. I pulled over at the next clearing and started walking back to pick it up. About half way there a gust of wind picked it up off of the road and started making it tumble down the highway away from me. I finally picked it up about a 1/4 mile from the truck and started back clutching the cushion under my arm so the wind wouldn’t blow it away again. We ended up putting all of the cushions in the truck so it wouldn’t happen a third time.
So, what do you guys do? I can't imagine trailering again without doing something else. Even if it means driving with the cover.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 08-06-2007, 10:06 PM
Maristar210 Maristar210 is offline
MC Platinum
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Boat: 04 210 Maristar
Location: River
Posts: 8,787
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mike
I have trailered my 1990 Maristar 210 thousands of miles without a cover and last summer I upgraded to a 2002 Maristar 230 with factory tower. Twice the center rear seat cushion has flown out of the back of the boat as I was driving. (yes the snap was fastened before we started to travel)
This last time driving on Vasco Road and only going about 50 MPH but with some gusty winds. I saw the seat lift up in my mirror so I slowed to about 40 looking for a place to pull over and we came around a corner and another gust took it right over the back of the boat into traffic. I pulled over and ran back and picked it up before anyone could run into it. Placed it back in the boat and made sure the snap was fastened and took off again. No more than a mile down the road we started an uphill grade through a little canyon and again the wind picked up and lifted the seat cushion and blew it right out of the boat again. I pulled over at the next clearing and started walking back to pick it up. About half way there a gust of wind picked it up off of the road and started making it tumble down the highway away from me. I finally picked it up about a 1/4 mile from the truck and started back clutching the cushion under my arm so the wind wouldn’t blow it away again. We ended up putting all of the cushions in the truck so it wouldn’t happen a third time.
So, what do you guys do? I can't imagine trailering again without doing something else. Even if it means driving with the cover.

I too feel your pain. I now remove all the cushions from the boat and put them inside the truck. I have chased a cushion I wanted to rescue out onto the freeway in an effort to not have it destroyed. Not cool from a safety standpoint thus the elimination of the cushions in the boat. NFW I'm doing that again, ever....
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 08-06-2007, 10:09 PM
dpolen's Avatar
dpolen dpolen is offline
MC Fanatic
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Boat: Med Blue 2012 X2, Illmor 5.7
Location: Maple Grove, MN
Posts: 682
Send a message via MSN to dpolen
How about a snap-on cover, those are generally pretty trailer-friendly? I have tried trailering mine (not a snap-on) and will never use that cover again as it ended up scratching the heck out of my boat when it came a little loose. Hope this helps, sorry about your bad luck with the seat blowing out...I have a pretty similar boat, have never had any issues with my seats blowing out even at 70+ mph on the highway.
__________________
Boat: Med Blue 2012 X2
Old MC: 1998 Maristar 225 VRS
Rig: 2009 Chevy Tahoe LTZ

He who dies with the most toys wins...I'm losing right now!!!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 08-06-2007, 10:16 PM
WTRSK1R's Avatar
WTRSK1R WTRSK1R is offline
MC Fanatic
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Boat: 2004 MasterCraft ProStar 197
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 863
When I had my '92 205 the dealer told me to never trailer it with the back seat cusions (there were 3) installed. He said there were many reports of them blowing out of the boat. I never once drove to the lake with them in. On the flip side, I did forget to put them in the truck once and all there was to sit on was the styrofoam wedge back seat.

My 197 does not seem to have this issue. Even without the snap cord attached it would be nearly impossible for that to blow out.
__________________
A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worthwhile



2004 Prostar 197 - Red on White

350 TBI, Perfect Pass, Heater, Shower and a whole lot of fun!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 08-06-2007, 10:23 PM
Leroy
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
I guess I've been lucky, but never had it happen and I rarely have the snap closed. That is a heavy cushion, unless they lightened it after 2001.

I would just take it out and put it in the storage beside the engine.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 08-06-2007, 10:26 PM
79stars&stripes 79stars&stripes is offline
TT Regular
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Boat: Mastercraft, 79 Stars&Stripes, 351 .30 bore, 500 lift cam, 650 double pumper carb
Location: midwest
Posts: 31
it would be an expensive day if you end up ripping a cover, however it would also be expensive if you end up loosing a seat. I think that putting the seat cushins in the truck and trailering without a cover is your safest bet.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 08-07-2007, 09:09 PM
bdecker's Avatar
bdecker bdecker is offline
TT Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Boat: 2005 Tournament Team 197, MCX
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 147
Bimini boot

I tend not to drive with the cover on the boat, but I do drive with the bimini folded. Apparently the boot cover decided to leave at about 70 MPH on my way home from the pond tonight. Luckily it appears the bimini itself was not harmed, but I guess I'll be looking for a new bimini boot cover. Definitely check this thing often if you trailer with it, as mine even had straps on the side and still broke lost. The bimini made an awful racket until I could pull over, but it appears unharmed... Anyone know where to get one of those covers?
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 08-07-2007, 09:15 PM
dmayer84's Avatar
dmayer84 dmayer84 is offline
MC Devotee
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Boat: Mastercraft X10 2004 5.7L
Location: North NJ & Wallenpaupack PA
Posts: 1,460
Send a message via AIM to dmayer84
When I trailer my boat I put my wakeboard in front of these cushions so that the board pushes the air up and over the seats, or at least I would like to think so. Havent had a seat fly out yet.
__________________
_________________________________
2004 X10 Predator 5.7L
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 08-07-2007, 10:59 PM
jcbatt's Avatar
jcbatt jcbatt is offline
TT Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Boat: 2013 MasterCraft X-30
Location: CT
Posts: 104
I had a Rankin towing cover made for my boat (http://www.rankincovers.com/) and it works great. Besides the benefit of keeping the boat and gear from blowing around, I also found that I get about 10-20% better gas mileage when towing with the cover on. For 1/2 hour trips, I usually leave it uncovered, but for anything longer, I generally use the cover.
__________________
2014 MasterCraft X-30 - For Sale http://www.kentroad.com
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 08-08-2007, 01:47 PM
bbeach's Avatar
bbeach bbeach is offline
TT Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Boat: 1990, Prostar 190, 351 Indmar
Location: Midwest
Posts: 243
I tow with my factory cover, however its been reinforced in the rub areas to handle trailering. I also twist the straps so they don't flap around and wear on the hull... I've seen people use tennis balls to keep the straps off the hull if needs be.
__________________
KStateSkier
"Le ore del mattino hanno l'oro in bocca"
The morning hours are the most precious of the day!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:06 PM.