• GUESTS

    If You  want access  to member only forums on FM, You will need to Sign-in or  Sign-Up now .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member.

  • Join In - We Share Fishing Reports & Outdoor Information Here

     
      You know what we all love...

      The same things you do!!!! Share what you love & enjoy in the outdoors as well as thank those whose posts you 'appreciate.'

      Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
sweept

Boat tarp

Recommended Posts

sweept

I am looking for a new tarp for the boat. Need one that will work while being towed. Anyone have any recommendations?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
traveler

You're looking for a fitted boat cover; and a trailerable one to boot. Check out Cabelas or BPS online and you'll see plenty to choose from. Be sure it says it's meant to be trailerable, some aren't, tho' I can't understand why.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Valv

The best fit and quality are the OEM factory covers, otherwise the instructions above will work great.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
swamptiger

Take your boat to a shop that does custom boat covers if you plan to do a lot of trailering. Cost a little more, but well worth it. Look in the Yellow Pages under "boat tops, covers, & upholstery".

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Giant_Jackpot

Just like almost everything else in life, your budget will dictate what you do here. I have had a custom cover made by Canvas Plus in Rogers for my last two boats and could not be happier with the results. It’s going to cost $500 - $600 depending on the size of your boat.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
RobertELee

I read something with some of the fishing pros doing tests to see weather or not they get better gas mileage with or without cover on and they said that without the cover on they got considerably better gas mileage.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Giant_Jackpot

Quote:

I read something with some of the fishing pros doing tests to see weather or not they get better gas mileage with or without cover on and they said that without the cover on they got considerably better gas mileage.


Sounds like an episode of Myth Busters waiting to happen….

If that is true, I will gladly give up a little MPG to keep the road grime out of the boat.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
swamptiger

If anything, I would expect better mpg with a good-fitting travel cover. Check around - you can get a really nice custom cover made for a 17' boat for under $450..

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Corey Bohn

Shoremaster in Fergus Falls, MN. Free shipping. Nice, quality covers.

[Note from admin: Please read forum policy before posting again. Thank you.]

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
wayne123

This makes sense to me. The tarp kind of acts like a sail. Usually you see the tarps puffed up when going down the road so I would say they are trapping air (like a sail).

I think a well fit cover is not as bad as others but probably still hurts gas mileage.

If you design a cover that helps significantly with gas mileage I am sure you will sell a lot of them.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ChuckN

Whatever you buy, spend the extra money for one that is suitable for highway use. Those cheap covers found in chain stores is not the route...been there.

I've had a couple custom covers from different companies (TRS/Shoremaster) made for my boats I've had. Well worth the money.

I found with my cover on my boat I do get better gas mileage and my truck seems to work noticably less when pulling it. There must be more wind drag with the cover off.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
marine_man

The other plus of a custom cover is that it can be made to fit with your trolling motor installed or not installed, handle splash guards, etc.

One other benefit is that it won't rub your paint off, or as bad at the very least as one of the generic, a couple sizes fits all type of covers.

marine_man

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
swamptiger

Another benefit of a custom cover that hasn't been mentioned is that if you are having problems with the cover, or need repairs, you can take it back to the shop where you had the cover made and get it fixed. With most of the large retailers, you are pretty much on your own after a year or so, because they don't have sewing facilities - they just sell covers.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
sweept

Well guys I have decided to have a custom made tarp. A local shop will be making it for us. He is recommending snaps to hold it in place. He also will do straps or a countinous bungy what do you guys recommend. I have a couple of buddies with the snaps and it seems like they are constantly dealing with broken snaps. Thanks for all the help!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
swamptiger

Take the advice of the guy who is making the cover - no big deal to replace a snap once in a while, and it's a lot nicer not having to deal with straps. Whichever way you go, the important thing is that the cover stays snug when you are going down the road - if it's flopping all over the place, the canvas will wear out much quicker.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
goose89

North Country Canvas in Robbinsdale!! I've had my custom snap on tarp for 5 years. Lots of travel. Never had a problem. High quality all around. My father was so impressed with mine (His Crestliner custom tarp fell apart after 2 yrs), he traveled 2 1/2 hours for his and is very happy. Boat sits on uncovered boat lift when not going down the road. Very durable and tight fitting. Excellent product and service. I can't remember the gents name, but he's a pleasure to deal with. Not a BIG outfit. Nice warranty also.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
marine_man

I'm a fan of straps under the belly of the boat. It gives you the ability to tighten the canvas over age, and snug it up when travelling down the road plus you don't end up with a ton of snaps on your boat.

The drawback is that it doesn't work that well for a cockpit cover (which allows you to put the cover on the boat while it's in the water) like you'd have with the snaps.

For me, a couple of straps to toss under the boat is a lot easier than snapping or unsnapping a bunch of snaps or dealing with tore out snaps.

marine_man

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
swamptiger

Straps are okay - they are often used on the semi-custom type of covers sold through the chain-stores. The snap-on covers are painstakingly fitted to the boat. Shrinkage is a non-issue with the modern polyester & acrylic fabrics. If you ask your cover fabricator, he can probably provide you with a low-cost snap repair kit, if the need should arise to replace a snap while traveling.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Random guy

I am a snap guy all the way. That way it doubles as a mooring cover. If I am fishing a tourney I can snap the cover on at the dock overnight and keep the bugs and bad guys out. My Stratos had a strap cover and it was a great cover but I got tired of crawling around the landing trying to get the straps hooked up.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Big-Al

Here is a thread from about a year ago.

I rebuilt/repainted my Lund Mr Pike about eight years ago and bought a custom made snap on cover from The Canvas Shop in Embarrass. I could not be happier with it. I have not broken a single snap and have not had a single bit of wear on it. There is just enough elevation from the seats that no bows are necessary. It takes about 4 minutes to put it on and less to take it off. When I picked it up, the owner said that if I ever have any issues bring it back and she will fix it for free. Initially I thought I paid too much, much now that I have had it this long, it was worth every penny and then some.

Boat Cover Thread

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
swamptiger

The new Lunds have a rail built into the underside of the gunwale to accomodate snaps so you don't have to drill into the sides of the boat. (Crestliner has had a nice ledge on the upper side of the gunwale for the past few years for the snaps so that works slick)

The downside of the new system for the Lunds is that the anchor part for snaps for the rail are molded nylon, and you can only get them from Lund at this point in time. They are spendy!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • Wanderer
      They haven’t even gotten to eclipse plumage yet.  I haven’t seen enough birds around here to compare but they seem pretty young!   Great pic though!
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      K-dub, I have been seeing a lot more bluegills of that size in Big Bay this year then ever before! Ran into a school of them last week and boated 17 gills that size one afternoon! Cliff
    • Finns
      Grand Lake Oklahoma with 23 other fellows!  22nd annual trip!  Kind of a get together.
    • Northlander
      If you can find a Gen 2 9" touch get it. I love mine.
    • Northlander
      Shimano Sedonas are work horses for the buck too.
    • Northlander
      Charge your battery after every use. Your not getting enough charging when not running big motor enough. Other option is to move up a size in battery if room. I have ran Interstates for years with no issues.
    • K-dub
      Today while running a spinner in Big Bay Walleye haunts. Released; would love to find more of these! 
    • Car7x
      Hi - this may not be the exact best spot for this, but

      1). I flyfish, elk and deer hunt out of my simple, clean off grid cabin 11 m S of Ennis.
      Excellent elk, muley, whitetail, and pronghorn opportunities, E slope of Gravelly range. 2 m N of current Wigwam fire - no problem.I have more time than hunting partners and need solid, easy going buddies to hunt with, and or will time share swap with others for access to great hunting.

      2) I have 230+ acres of outstanding pheasant, whitetail, waterfowl, and some turkey just E of Granite Falls MN. If you are local and have bear, deer, turkey, etc., opportunities, especially closer to the Metro, Let's Talk. This land is also for sale, I'm tightening up my footprint and want to build on my Bozeman lot on the Gallatin.

      I am very interested in:
      - whitetail tree stand, including doe management opportunities (especially local for me in zone 610 MN) - gotta fill the freezer!
      - spot and stalk anything anywhere
      - turkey
      - winter southern or warm weather opportunities, including fly fishing..pigs?
    • monstermoose78
      Yeah geese and mallards were flying today
    • Fish Head
      I'll give the noise supressor a try Bob.  Both units were purchased at the same time.    yoppdk- I checked my unit and I don't see any such setting on the 998.  There is a low battery alarm setting, but that is already turned to off.