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Boat cover and rain? 02 Aug 2017 23:18 #1

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So we got a used canvas cover that's custom fit for our boat, I noticed when it rains, it pools up in the back and leaks through onto the carpet when it rains. Is this normal? We pulled the drain plug and cranked the front all the way up, water leaks out pretty good when it rains. This boat was always kept covered by the previous owner, but I don't want this to become a problem. Any advice BOC?

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Boat cover and rain? 02 Aug 2017 23:36 #2

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You need a canvas support pole to stop the water from pooling. If you do that, no more water should soak through to the inside of your boat.
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Boat cover and rain? 03 Aug 2017 03:33 #3

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Grabbed one from Walmart for $10. Supposed to storm tomorrow, let's see. Thanks

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Boat cover and rain? 03 Aug 2017 07:50 #4

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Put a tennis ball on top of the post.

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Boat cover and rain? 03 Aug 2017 10:08 #5

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It had a mushroom top, so it's spread out.

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Boat cover and rain? 03 Aug 2017 13:35 #6

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And for the next guy who asks don't even think about one of those which cause the grommet as a locator to keep it centered. That hole lets plenty enough water to trickle down the pole and rot the floor right at the base of the pole. If you already have one sew a flap spanning it so the water runs off the sides not down the pole.

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Boat cover and rain? 03 Aug 2017 14:27 #7

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The gray canvas covers will almost always allow some moisture into the boat.

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Boat cover and rain? 03 Aug 2017 14:38 #8

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303 Marine UV Protector Water Repellent Treatment approved by Sunbrella...Good stuff..sheds water like RainEx on the windshield.
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Boat cover and rain? 03 Aug 2017 14:49 #9

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I have this same problem as well with the canvas cover that came with the boat when I bought it.
I have looked at the Seal SKin 1200D covers with the support pole.
Does anyone have nay experience with them?

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Boat cover and rain? 03 Aug 2017 15:44 #10

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Sta-K-Shun wrote: I have this same problem as well with the canvas cover that came with the boat when I bought it.
I have looked at the Seal SKin 1200D covers with the support pole.
Does anyone have nay experience with them?


I have the Seal Skin 1200. I purchased it to use as my winter cover. The first year I used it i made a frame out of PVC. Last year I just used the poles. I really like the cover. It is a heavy material and holds up well int he snow. I just make it practice to clean the snow off after a storm. I would recommend them. They do have a lot of negitive feed back but I figured it was cheap and if they honor there 10 year warranty it will be worth the risk. So far so good for me. 2 years lots of snow, and still looks new.
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Boat cover and rain? 03 Aug 2017 17:59 #11

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Waterdowg wrote:

Sta-K-Shun wrote: I have this same problem as well with the canvas cover that came with the boat when I bought it.
I have looked at the Seal SKin 1200D covers with the support pole.
Does anyone have nay experience with them?


I have the Seal Skin 1200. I purchased it to use as my winter cover. The first year I used it i made a frame out of PVC. Last year I just used the poles. I really like the cover. It is a heavy material and holds up well int he snow. I just make it practice to clean the snow off after a storm. I would recommend them. They do have a lot of negitive feed back but I figured it was cheap and if they honor there 10 year warranty it will be worth the risk. So far so good for me. 2 years lots of snow, and still looks new.


Thanks! Thats exactly what I needed to know. Not trying to spend perfectly good fuel money on an overpriced cover!

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Boat cover and rain? 03 Aug 2017 21:13 #12

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Well the pole is working well, but I need one for the Bow too! I also need my canvas repaired on the corner, but for now, the rain drains away from the ripped part. Once I get it sewn, I'm gonna try that rainx type treatment for the canvas.

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Boat cover and rain? 03 Aug 2017 21:53 #13

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My 185 came with 2 poles 1-for the bow, 1- for the helm...might want to add a total of 2 in the helm will help keep the cover taught. From your pic, you probably could also use another tie for the stern of the boat. The 303 does help, but it is not cheap...may want to go with a "semi" custom cover as I did for my 185. I bought it at Menard's for about $100. I use it for winter lay storage even though the boat is indoors. I simply put it over the OEM back cover that came with the boat...

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Boat cover and rain? 04 Aug 2017 07:34 #14

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I have heard that some people use blow up beach balls from the dollar store in their bow to keep the cover taught. Cheap and easy I suppose. They put one on each side/each seat and that is enough of an "angle" to have the water run off the cover...
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Boat cover and rain? 04 Aug 2017 11:55 #15

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That's an idea!

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Boat cover and rain? 04 Aug 2017 17:26 #16

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So my carpet was soaked. I used towels to soak up as much as I could then threw in my dehumidifier to remove moisture. Guess I’ll just throw a plastic tarp over the cover and boat. It won’t be pretty, but clearly the canvas cover isn’t waterproof.

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Boat cover and rain? 04 Aug 2017 19:37 #17

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It's not the greatest, but I think it'll do for now. Need to make a menards run maybe for a longer tarp.

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Boat cover and rain? 04 Aug 2017 23:45 #18

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Pick up that semi-custom cover while at Menard's....at least it will "look" like it belongs on a boat....at least you throw a blue tarp on it:whistle: :whistle:

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Boat cover and rain? 05 Aug 2017 01:11 #19

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LoL, that poop Brown was just what I had on hand lol!

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Boat cover and rain? 07 Aug 2017 02:26 #20

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Menards! $75 for the cover and I grabbed another lift pole for the Bow. I also grabbed a new blue tarp and all new tie downs just in case. So far the generic cover is cool, but it's goofy by the swim platform. Looks nice. See how it holds off water.

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Boat cover and rain? 07 Aug 2017 03:56 #21

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I use what I consider a much better method of keeping the water from pooling on my boat cover. Forget the center post, it looks like s&*t. Try my method, you just may like it. It's simple and works very well. With a walk through windshield, open the center windshield section. I have a cuddy so it has basically a dash board. I place something on the dash in the open area that is just a few inches higher than the side windshields. I also put a 5 gallon bucket standing on the transom cover. Now I string a rope from the center bow, I tie it to the railing at center. Over what I have between the windshield and over the bucket at the stern then secure it to the center tie down. I use a doubled rope so I can then put a wood stick between the rope, close to the stern and twist it until it brings the rope taught. Lock the twisted and taught rope by locking the wood stick end against the transom cover so it can't untwist. Then I just put my cover over the boat and the taught rope supports the cover very well. I use ratchet straps to pull the cover just taught enough to make all the water flow off. It works and looks good too. I wish I had a picture of my boat with the cover on that way but I don't think I do.

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