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    Trailering w Snap-On Cover?

    Has anyone had any issue's trailering their Element with the snap-on cover in place? Would you recommend it/not?


    #2
    I never tow with any canvas on any boat. Snap on or drawstring covers, especially, are not designed for it. They are not tight enough, and when they start to flap in the breeze, bad stuff happens.

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      #3
      Those snaps will beat the hell out of your gel coat when they flutter in the wind. Snap on cover is definitely not made for towing.

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        #4
        The only road tarp I've ever owned that worked consistently was a heavy canvas with a drawstring that came well below the gunwale plus 1" straps that pulled it down to the trailer. That one would occasionally beat the gelcoat if the wind was in the wrong place but it never came loose. I like a good road tarp but the good ones are few and far between. Snaps are definitely not going to work. Turnbuttons maybe but never snaps.
        R.J.(Bob) Evans
        Buchanan, SK
        Cierra 2755
        Previously 43 Defever, Response LX
        Various runabouts, canoes & kayaks

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          #5
          Hmmm, not an Element but I towed my 1800 at highway speeds many times with a custom made snap on mooring cover (with tent poles) and never had an issues.
          Dave
          Edmonds, WA
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            #6
            I hauled my old 2755 once with the original mooring cover that came with it. It lasted about 50 miles on the interstate and was shredded. Had a canvas shop make a mooring cover out of the thickest material available at the time. It was heavy canvas but it stood up to trailering at highway speeds. Also had them double the snaps to mount it with. Anything less won’t last and will be shredded quickly.
            1990 2755 - sold
            2005 275 - sold (now boatless)

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              #7
              Thanks to all who responded. Wish Bayliner was more clear on this, but sounds like its not worth the risk.

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                #8
                RTFM. Section 8 of your Sportboat owners manual, that came with your boat, says to remove any covers, etc. before trailering. Page 35 of the Element supplement has a big highlighted section at the top of the page that says "Take down and securely stow ALL canvas BEFORE your boat is transported by road."

                How much clearer do you want them to be?

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                • Rick_Kenyon
                  Rick_Kenyon commented
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                  Also remove all seat cushions that aren’t attached to the seat base. . Don’t ask how I know.

                #9
                Duh, I thought the snap on canvas cover was for trailering. I purchased my e16 in New Jersey and towed it 1300 miles to Floridia with no problems and use the cover whenever I tow the boat on the highway. I do not exceed 65 mph though. No ripping, tearing or gelcoat chafe occurred.

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                  #10
                  Originally posted by jimhalay View Post
                  Duh, I thought the snap on canvas cover was for trailering. I purchased my e16 in New Jersey and towed it 1300 miles to Floridia with no problems and use the cover whenever I tow the boat on the highway. I do not exceed 65 mph though. No ripping, tearing or gelcoat chafe occurred.
                  I am sure that Bayliner will forgive you. I guess the (modified) saying goes "Just because you can doesn't mean you should," and perhaps the corollary is "Just because you shouldn't doesn't mean you can't."

                  Or something like that.

                  I have the distinct displeasure of driving route 95 (through Virginia) a lot, and I see a lot of boats being trailered up and down. Of the boats on trailers that I see that have canvas on them, I would say that more than half are flapping in the breeze, getting shredded and likely causing damage. Uncovered boats and shrinkwrapped boats have no issues (well I have seen shrinkwrap flapping a few times too).

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                  • jimhalay
                    jimhalay commented
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                    Two comments in response.

                    I am a first time motor boat owner at 68 years old and just didn't know about the dangers of towing with canvas covers. Since my boat is stored in the garage and has about two million snaps I assumed the cover was for towing. Also, are the dealers responsible for installing accessories? In that case it seems they did a great job with lots a snaps but installed the bimini cockeyed. I had to realign and reinstall two support brackets.

                    Second comment, Bayliner forgive me? I am trying to forgive them for the myriad of little design gaffs they allowed to pass through there engineer and design departments. For instance why place the driver's seat 3 feet from the steering wheel? Instead, how about making the steering pedestal 6 inches longer and putting a door in it for huge amount of storage? Overall, I believe the boat is genius for all the things it does do, in this price range, so I will forgive them for the little problems that they allowed to pass.

                  #11
                  A new snap on cover May last for several trips, or perhaps longer. Leaving it out in the elements, exposed to UV and weather, eventually they get brittle and will shred. If you don’t do a lot of highway trailering, you may be good for a long time. Depends on how you trail and what speeds you run at.
                  1990 2755 - sold
                  2005 275 - sold (now boatless)

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                    #12
                    Every factory cockpit cover that I ever had came with a label similar to this one (this on a Robalo cover; i have the mooring cover, not a cockpit cover, for the E18)

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