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anyone know of a place that makes quality custom boat covers. My dad cant seem to find one to fit our new boat, so he wants to have one custom made. It is a 17 1/2' Bayliner. Thanks

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Caribou Canvas is the best I know of. They are in the Merrifield Area (Brainerd Area).

If your going to have one made, may as well have it done right.

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I had my boat cover made custom by TRS Industries in Fargo - it is pretty nice, fits over the hull and trolling motor well. However, it was not cheap. I decided a long time ago that if I was going to spend $15,000+ on a boat then a cover was worth it to get a cover for a price of about $600. It's all about protecting your investment. I have no doubts that my boat will be good to go 20 years from now if I decide to keep with this one.

It's all in what you want - if you're near Fargo I still have a boat cover to give away - made by Stearns for a 17' Fish and Ski type boat with windshield. Just email me at [email protected] if you want it - if you're willing to pay shipping I'll send it to you.

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Caribou did an excellant job for much less than the shops in town. Caribou's quality was the same as the others which is very nice for nice cut in the price.
E-mail at [email protected] .com and I'll get you the phone number. I just dont have it with me today.

Terry
Terry's Guide Service
www.fishingmn.com/terry

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I second TRS in Fargo. Absolutely custom fit for my accessories (trolling motor, etc..) on my boat. I did not have access to a garage, so a good quality cover is a must. It was $450 well spent and this cover will last for many, many years.

I've seen one TRS cover that was absolutely neglected by it's owner. The boat/cover sits outside year round and after a good wash it still looks great. It's been close to 8 years at least.

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Caribou Canvas phone # is (218)765-3418
They are located in Ossippee Corners which is about 4 miles north of Merrifield on Cty Rd 3 going toward Cross Lake from Brainerd (very close to Pelican and lower mission lake).

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I had a person I used to work with make my cover. I does it on the side and has all the equipment at home. He gave me a choice of material and colors to pick from. I store my boat outside, and it is completely water proof. I drove to Lake of the Woods last fall in a snow and slush mess, and the inside of the boat was dry as a bone. I changed motors a year after I had the cover made. He removed the motor cover portion and made a new one. You can't tell he did anything.

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Canvas Craft in Anoka, MN made my last two custom boat covers. They had fair prices and did fast quality work.
I had a taller than normal full top with dual front windows & side curtains/windows made custom. It has zip in real so I can close the Alumacraft Trophy 190 up totally in foul weather.
Catch'n
Dave Hoggard
Catch-N Tackle Co.

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Mikes shoe shop in Richmond Mn custom makes them. He is reasonably priced and does a excellent job. He usally gets the covers done in around a week, he also has a locked fenced storage area to keep your boat in while he's working on creating your cover.

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I had Rapid Canvas sew me a cover some years ago for my dual console with extra "pockets" for the trolling motors and kicker motors. It slipped on and off like a breeze and fit tight as a glove. Cost was around $350. I believe it was a better cover than the factory cover Ranger sold me for my current boat. Check them out at Sauk Rapids just outside St. Cloud on Hwy 23.

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thanks for the help guys hopefully the old man will order it sometime soon

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I second Rapids Canvas... Jim is a great guy to work with and makes one of the best covers in the business...

marine_man

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