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Old 12-09-2018, 10:55 AM
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Should you tow with or without cover?

General question - we have a 2018 with an over the tower cover. Love the ratchet system and how tight you can set it. Noticed some minor scratches on the rear of the boat where the cover sits. I think this is from towing with the cover on. Anyone else experience this? If so, is the general reco to tow with cover off? Or maybe we had the ratchet system too tight?

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Old 12-09-2018, 11:01 AM
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Probably didn't have the ratchet tight enough. Get it as tight as you possibly can and make sure you use the trailer straps. I've towed my 2018 XT22 with cover on and have had no issues. And my boat is black, so they'd show. Others on here have had the same experience as you. I don't know why. Since having this cover, I'd never go back to an under-tower cover.
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Old 12-09-2018, 11:08 AM
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Thanks John. That is very interesting. We have only towed once (and likely will not two again except for the last trip back down to the lake) - but when you say as tight as you can, you mean ratchet until you can't ratchet anymore? I am concerned that I could damage the fiberglass if I over tighten, so just wanted to make sure I understood you correctly. I absolutely love the cover, love protecting the tower and it is so simple to put on.

PS - our scratches are on the back left and right corners of the boat. Some on the line where the belt hits the fiberglasss, but some above it as well (which I find a little strange). We also only have a trailer strap on each side, not sure if we are supposed to have more that that?
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Old 12-09-2018, 11:08 AM
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Most of us don't tow with the cover on for just this reason. Some have gone as far to get a softer inner lining sown on their cover. I choose to never tow with the cover on. 100% guaranteed to not leave scratches behind.
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Old 12-09-2018, 01:06 PM
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I rarely tow my boat but when I need to bring it to the dealer I use an industrial roll of shrink wrap above and below the rub rail before I put the cover on. This elimates rubbing.
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Old 12-09-2018, 02:49 PM
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I rarely tow my boat but when I need to bring it to the dealer I use an industrial roll of shrink wrap above and below the rub rail before I put the cover on. This elimates rubbing.
^This.
Which isn't practical for day to day use. In general, any canvas cover, regardless of how tight or how well it fits is going to cause some sort of abrasion if used repeatedly, or at high speeds.
Our 06 had more scratches from the original owner towing it with the cover in the first couple years of the boats life than all other scratches combined in over 10 years.
I made one road trip with the cover on because we were moving and the boat was loaded with the stuff we'd need before the moving van caught up.
Even with multiple layers of shrink wrap around the rub rail and upper deck, windshield frame protected and towels taped to the sun deck and top of seats to keep the cover from turning them brown, I had scratches and damage to the cover after 1200 mi of pounding down the highway at 80mph plus head winds part of the way.

Bottom line, don't use the cover when trailering unless you have to for a short period for a rain storm or dusty gravel roads. Period. Unless you like scratches.

Or get a soft liner sewed into the cover or an under cover. And even then, be careful to keep it and the boat clean.....or lower your MCOCD standards and trailer on!
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Old 12-09-2018, 05:08 PM
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I have not had any problems towing with the cover on. I would not head down the highway more than a couple hours and no chance of rain with out it. Proper preparation and a tight fitting cover is the trick.
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Old 12-09-2018, 05:13 PM
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Better to tow with cover off - worst thing that can happen is the interior gets wet - so u just clean it out. With cover on you take the chance of scratches.... which is a bigger issue
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Old 12-09-2018, 08:55 PM
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I tow with the cover off wherever possible. If it's raining I may choose to leave the cover on. Waaay too much work to clean the road grime out of the boat and the cushions take days to dry.

I carry a roll of plastic wrap that I use to wrap a couple laps around the boat to prevent the cover from scratching.

I also have a nice chip in the windshield from towing without the cover. Hopefully in never cracks.

There are definitely pluses and minuses to both. You need to choose the lesser of the evils.
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Old 12-10-2018, 09:04 AM
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None of the guys I know tow with the cover on unless possibly to a very close location using surface streets. There are very few covers (Evolution Covers come to mind) that are designed to be used going down a freeway at 70 mph but there are pluses and minuses to that type of cover as well. I would think an over the tower cover would be more sail than cover at highway speeds and will sooner rather than later experience failure if not complete with a blown seam then by water intrusion where the stress points start to pull apart where they're sewn together.

I did try to pull once with the stock cover that came with my 07 X2 in the rain once. While the cover did manage to stay in place quite well I ended up with minor scratches that I had to deal with and the rain went through the cover soaking the interior. In short I never recommend pulling with the cover on and will do everything I can to avoid doing so.
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