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  • #9669
    Anonymous
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    I’ve been the Bosun for my local club for many years, and I’ve bought a number of replacement covers for our club boats. My first port of call is Sail Register, good covers and good value for money. They have some particularly good offers at the moment. A boom-up polycotton, the breathable stuff, is about £180 delivered.
    If you want meat, go to a butcher, if you want bread, go to a baker, as the old saying goes. My experience suggests that you’ll get better value from a cover specialist.
    The details make a difference, of course. Things worth checking are; depth of valance, good straps with well-reinforced attachments and robust clips, enough room for’d to accomodate furling gear, preferably with a reinforced cut-out for the forestay, an effective drawcord, shroud collars and chafe patches under the mast collar and over the gooseneck area. Covers ‘move’ with use and weather, of course, so expect it to be a different shape and fit after a season’s use.

    #9671
    Roger
    Participant

    My current cover is a Banks,but it’s begining to look a little tired. At the end of last season I reinforced the mast area and re-waterproofed it.The draw strings need replacing this year.I suppose I could make it last through another year,but it’s a wooden boat in good condition and I want to keep it that way.

    Anyway it deserves it and so do I.

    I think I’ll call Colin.

    #9674
    Colin Parkstone
    Participant

    One point I would like to make you aware of when it comes to covers.

    If your thinking ahead about a nice new M4 and think that buying a new cover now will help to spread the costings, Sorry !! But the covers needed for it have small but significant sizing differences and they do not fit well on each type of boat.

    The under cover can work if its an under only one but not sure about the cocoon ?

    C P

    #9675
    Roger
    Participant

    Nope,I’m sticking with my woody.

    I’ll call you later,Colin.

    Regards, Roger.

    #9676
    Fantasia
    Member

    I can recommend covers from Rain & Sun. They make a boom-over cotton canvas cover specifically for wooden Wayfarers that cover the transom completely. It saves getting that half faded look. Reasonable price too.

    #9677
    Roger
    Participant

    Yes thats a very nice idea.A sort of snood that slides over the transom.

    I have a half faded transom.

    Have you seen this Colin. Very competatively priced as well.

    #9678
    Roger
    Participant

    I’ve had a few thoughts about the possible drawbacks of a snood since my last post. Of course I don’t know that it is a snood,but if it is,any water or moisture could be trapped. I can see that leading to problems for a wooden boat.

    They’ve probably got it sorted out?

    Roger.

    #9679
    Bob Harland
    Participant

    The Rain and Sun design with the transom cover is just the job for a wooden boat. Keeping the sun off the varnish as much as possible will increase its life.

    #9681
    Roger
    Participant

    Does the transom cover have enough drain holes,I’m concerned that it might trap moisture.

    Do you have personal experience of this type of cover Bob?

    Roger.

    #9682
    Colin Parkstone
    Participant

    I am not sure it covers the transom and the hull Roger, just across the transom face!!

    If it does cover the bung holes it should not matter unless the cover is leaking water into the boat ???

    CP

    #9684
    Bob Harland
    Participant

    Yes – we had a rain and sun cover on our previous boat (a world). As Colin says, it covers the transom face. I don’t recall moisture getting trapped from the drainage hole.

    #9685
    Roger
    Participant

    I spoke to Philip at Rain and Sun this morning and he was able to confirm this. He is an ex Banks employee and Wayfarer owner so he knows the boat very well and any associated problems.

    They use an elasticated drawstring to tension the skirt of the cover,and the bottom edge of the transom cover just pulls under the transom when the drawstring is tensioned.

    Otherwise it seems just like a regular cover. With free delivery.

    Roger.

    #9705
    Roger
    Participant

    Hi all, Took the plunge last week and finally made a decision.

    I think I was seduced by the extra coverage for the transom, and the deep side skirts, and a few other clever refinements that philip at Rain and Sun have thought of.

    Oh yes, and the very competative price.

    True to their word,It arrived this week,and today I took it down to the club for a fitting. It looks very smart, and with the weather the way it is at the moment,it should prove just the kind of protection that it will need to see it through the frostbite season.

    Needless to say I’m pleased with my new purchase.

    Thanks to you all for helping me come to a decision.

    Roger.

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