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Old 09-04-2013, 11:32 AM
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Cover Material Advice - Prostar 209

I tried to make it until winter with the existing cover that came with my 209, but unfortunately, despite the installation of a HangTyte, a very heavy storm that blew through the area on Saturday night resulted in heavy enough rain and pooling on the cover that it has given up the ghost... It's old enough that a repair at this point would be pointless.

So... I've been talking with the good folks at www.skiboatcovers.com about a replacement cover.

Living in Indiana, weather varies greatly throughout the season and humidity can be a significant factor in the middle of summer. As a result, I'm considering a Sunbrella cover to aide in breathability.

Additionally, we live 10 minutes from the lake and actually store the boat at a local marine shop right across the street from our launch area, so we don't pull the boat coverless for any distance to aide in drying before putting the cover on. We rarely leave the boat in the water overnight.

The other option would be a less breathable fabric with vents installed. The cost difference from one fabric to the other is minimal, probably less than $100.

I just bought the boat a couple of months ago, and I plan on keeping it for a long time. I also will store the boat indoors during the winter, so I don't have to worry about snow buildup.

It looks like a Sunbrella cover with custom tower cutouts, strap system, support poles and Gore Tenara Thread is going to run me a little over $1000, but if it lasts me 10 years, that's only 100 per year.

Any thoughts on having covered cleat cutouts installed while I have it made?

Any thoughts on cover color? Light or Dark? The boat is forest green with a linen stripe on a white hull.

I could add a stripe down the middle of the cover, but my thought is that putting a stripe in only adds more needle holes and thread and that will just mean more possible leak points.

Thoughts? Advice?
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Old 09-04-2013, 11:51 AM
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Sunbrella for sure- both for longevity and breathability. I like dark colors, as they hide dirt and crud a little better. Folks in hotter climates sometimes say dark covers get too hot- YMMV.

I cant comment on the cleats or lifting rings as I dont find them useful... if youre not sure if you want them or not, maybe save the cost up front and have them added later?
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Old 09-04-2013, 06:17 PM
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Sunbrella is great material.

For our boat that stays on a lift, I went with the more vinyl/plastic cover material with vents. The cover catches a lot of spider and bird poop...vinyl material is much easier to clean with just a soft brush and some soapy water. We try to let the boat dry as much as possible before covering, but even when covering a little wet, we have not had any problems with mold/mildew. If you think your cover will stay clean, I would go with sunbrella. If you want one that is easy to clean, maybe not. +1 for skiboatcovers.
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Old 09-04-2013, 06:54 PM
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Sunbrella for sure. Waterproof yet breathable.

I got mine at Westlandcovers.com and opted for a light color so I went with linen. It was about $780 IIRC.
10 year prorated warranty with 24 months free replacement.
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:32 PM
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This is my sunbrella cover from skiboatcovers.com. It's very nice. Water still beads on it after 2 years and even if the water pools it never leaks. I can put the cover on while the carpet is wet and I never have a problem with mildew.
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Old 09-04-2013, 10:38 PM
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Sunbrella is the best ...

After 3 years, the factory coating will wear off, and you will need to clean it and spray it with 303 Protectant every 6 months.
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Old 09-04-2013, 10:58 PM
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ricford... Thanks for posting the pics. Appreciate the closeup of the tower cutout...

Appreciate everyone's advice... Sunbrella it is, now to pick a color between forest green and linen...
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Sunbrella is the best ...

After 3 years, the factory coating will wear off, and you will need to clean it and spray it with 303 Protectant every 6 months.
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nothing is maintenance free. Proper cleaning and re-water proofing is part of the game.

Use a vent/center pole set up. The extra venting will be helpful and provide a secure place for the pole. If you just try to prop with a pole or even use the old tennis ball trick, it will eventually wear a hole.
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Old 09-05-2013, 08:19 PM
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nothing is maintenance free. Proper cleaning and re-water proofing is part of the game.

Use a vent/center pole set up. The extra venting will be helpful and provide a secure place for the pole. If you just try to prop with a pole or even use the old tennis ball trick, it will eventually wear a hole.
skiboatcovers.com sews in extra fabric under wear points, like over the nav lights, windshield, and where the support poles go. There is a dome snap on top of the poles and a matching one sewn into the cover.
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Anybody have a discount code for Skiboatcovers.com?
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