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Old 09-26-2019, 02:54 AM   #1
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Another question for this newbie. Looking for boat cover suggestions for my 1992 Maxum 2300 SCR. Need a cover that will protect from rain and snow as it is parked on trailer outside this winter. I have looked briefly on line and donít want to purchase without some input. Thanks
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Old 09-26-2019, 05:15 PM   #2
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Have one custom made at a canvas shop.... You'll get a much better fit and a stronger product.
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Old 09-26-2019, 07:48 PM   #3
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Thanks Phillbo. I was hoping to find a ready made cover but it appears now that custom is the way to go.
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Is there going to be a snow load on it?
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Located in Walla Walla, WA. Yes we get snow but often melts within days. If like last year however we could have up to 6 inches load on it for a month at a time.
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Most boat covers are meant to shield from rain and sun. They're not usually great at handling snow load. If snow load is low, like you're describing and you go out and brush it off, I suspect it will be fine.
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Thanks shrew. I can brush off or use my leaf bower if powder snow. My first boat I had enclosed cover for but this one will not fit into the same space.
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Old 09-27-2019, 07:36 PM   #8
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Have them sew in a snap for an adjustable pole and the snow should not be an issue...
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Old 09-28-2019, 02:21 PM   #9
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You might consider shrink wrapping. When they shrink wrap they build a scaffolding/ support system out of 2x4 posts and 1/2" nylon tape (line). My 2700scr cost $500 the first year. The trick is to carefully remove the shrink wrap and the support system in the spring, then reuse it 2-3 more times. I'm on my 3 season with the same $500 job. I also bought a 4" wide roll of shrink wrap tape to seal up the back each year. I just carefully use a torch to shrink the tape.
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That is a good idea. Wonder if anyone near me does this. Don’t want to trailer up to Spokane to have done.
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I store my boat outside about 8 weeks a year. I use a tarp and bungees. I run a rope from the tow eye to the winch strap, and use the winch to get tension. I put a PVC pipe that's about 2 inches taller than the glass in the middle and run the rope over it. Works great, kept everything dry through Dorian.
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Yep the support lines or scaffolding is the ticket to keeping the tarp/ cover supported. Otherwise the tarp will fill with water or snow and either cave-in or tear.
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PVC pipe is a great idea. Currently using a huge silver tarp from Harbor Freight to cover during rainy days. Yes....the water pools in low areas.
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PVC pipe is a great idea. Currently using a huge silver tarp from Harbor Freight to cover during rainy days. Yes....the water pools in low areas.


Had a similar issue, pvc even the big stuff sagged pretty quickly on me. Ended up bull nosing a 2x4 and notched it so it sat on top of my windshield and cut it to length to the back of the boat. Puts a good angle so snow shouldnít stick to it nor leave anywhere for water to pool. You will have to elevate the rear of the 2x4 to level it out but itís been an unstoppable combination for me.




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The pvc is vertical and supports the rope, similar to a tent pole.
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I bought a semi custom shrink wrap cover from transhield/big shrink for my 18 bow rider. I built a wood frame or it came with a post for straps. You the it on and shrink it with a beat gun. Every year you untie it and fold it up for next time. I am going on 6 years with it in a heavy snow area and it still holds up great! I wish they had one big enough for my 3300. I would definatly buy one
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Hereís a picture of the scaffolding under my shrink wrap


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Wow! There is a lot of time and effort in that. I will model that idea for my heavyweight tarp idea. However, my first option that was offer by a friend is indoor storage at his ranch that just became available!!! Down side is the boat won’t be by my house to work on during mild fall/winter days. Thanks for the picture. Appreciate everyone’s input on this.
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Why not put the boat in the water .. The PNW does not freeze.
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Aw but it does freeze in the INW. I have pictures (can't find right now) of our marina completely locked-up. The big boys (32+ footers) stay in year round using bubblers to keep the ice away from hull.
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