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Old 12-26-2005, 03:37 PM
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OEM Mastercraft covers. How long should they last? Do you replace every few years or ??

I am thinking my new boat lift may or may not have a cover because of the tower. If it does not, how long can expect my cover to last and how often will I have to replace?
Now it is stored indoors for 7 months straight during winter and indoors when its not in use. But starting this season it may spend the other 5 months out in the elements so I don't have to trailer it as much.

When I say how long will it "last" I mean in good shape before it starts becoming non-functional.
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Old 12-26-2005, 04:39 PM
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I have bought boats that are 10 years old that still have the original covers. That is also in the Florida sun!! The biggest tips I can give:

1) Get a cover that fits correctly.
2) Use poles under the cover to keep water from collecting on top.
3) Don't use any harsh detergents that could affect the integrity of the thread in the seams.
4) Make sure it is a quality material like Sunbrella.
5) Don't trailer with the cover on. These things weren't designed to withstand 75mph winds!!


With proper care, the cover should last you 10 years plus....not a bad investment !
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Old 12-26-2005, 05:04 PM
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I used my OEM cover for about 10 years, then the seams started to let go and I replaced it with a canvas cover (which I got from Overtons that lasted about 8. I then had one made of (sorry, I cant remember which high end fabric it is) and have been using it for the last 6 years.

Although when the seams let go on the orginal, I got it resewn and now use it as the winter storage dust cover. The fabris still seems fine.

I did notice that the seams are starting to let go again in the front where sunlight shines in thru the garage window.
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Old 12-26-2005, 11:06 PM
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THis is my 5th winter and still looks good. Around the poles is a little stretched out, but otherwise looks new. Mine is canvas.
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Old 12-27-2005, 03:16 AM
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10 years!?!?! They must be good.....
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Old 12-27-2005, 09:30 AM
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If you are going to have it outside on a lift especially an uncoverd lift I would bite the bullet and buy a waterline Sunbrella cover from www.skiboatcovers.com They cover the platform and all of the gelcoat down the side so you don't get any fading. The Sunbrella is watertight but still breaths. Well worth the investment if it has to stay outside in the elements.
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Old 12-27-2005, 12:08 PM
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If you are going to have it outside on a lift especially an uncoverd lift I would bite the bullet and buy a waterline Sunbrella cover from www.skiboatcovers.com They cover the platform and all of the gelcoat down the side so you don't get any fading. The Sunbrella is watertight but still breaths. Well worth the investment if it has to stay outside in the elements.
Do they fit with a tower?
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Old 12-27-2005, 12:49 PM
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They will custom fit them for any tower configuration. Great guys that make a really nice product.
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Old 12-27-2005, 05:44 PM
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With support poles and 303 fabric guard every 3 years or so, I've been able to get 13 years and counting out of mine. I had some torn seams beefed up where the tie downs had pulled them loose.
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Old 12-27-2005, 07:03 PM
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My '03 is still in perfect condition, but I was considering a OEM new one for the lift, and the current one for towing.
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