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EvanD

Boat Cover Modification

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EvanD

I just purchased my boat back in June and it came with what I think is the stock cover from Malibu. One day while it was raining, I went to check and see how the cover was holding up. I noticed all the rain running off the cover was going directly into the cutouts for the tower. After much debate of purchasing a new cover or having an upholstery shop modify the existing cover, I decided to try and do the work myself. The shop wanted around $400 to modify it and repair a small tear in the front. I ordered sunbrealla online along with v-69 thread, edging, new Velcro all for about $50. About 6 hours of work, and here is what I came up with. I know its not perfect, but it def does the job and will better protect the boat. next: vents in the cover, full tower cover (sleeve), side curtains all from sunbrella.

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After:

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robbennett

Nice work! Looks like it would really help for those keeping their boat outside.

I wonder if you could sew in some sort of foam or rubber weatherstripping to further seal the top of that?

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ac88926

Nice mod!

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t a

Now Shrink wrap where tower meets cover and no water will get in!

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h2ojunkie

The factory cover fro my 08 VTX goes up tower about 8". When docked outside over night or on a rain day I to have used saran wrap around tower to cover and that seems to keep rain out. I also treated my cover w multiple coats of 303 fabric guard waterproofing and it has worked great. We towed home from Tennessee yesterday in some rain storms and all dry inside boat w cover on. ( Note, I had my cover modified w some 10 straps to attach to trailer and some extra thick areas on nose and rear corners so I could tow w it on)

BTW, real nice work on your cover. Great job.

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obski

Nice job.

Cory (Evolution Covers) uses some elastic at the top of the tower sleeve to cinch it against the tower.

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