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Old 03-21-2013, 07:53 PM   #1
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I have a problem with my cover which is fitted to the boat. I have the original Maxum cover, but have also got a very high quality cover that was made when i bought the boat. My problem is that when the two covers are fitted there is an area from the support pole to the engine hood where water pools.

After a day of rain the water has seeped through both covers and into the boat. My question is that what is the best way to waterproof the vessel without causing problems with mold and damp. I have looked for help from a cover maker who says that you will not get a waterproof cover due to the stitches which run down the center of the custom made cover, which i can understand. I had thought of getting the cover re-waterproofed but cannot see that this will work

The two things that i can think that would solve the problem would be to raise the cover with a wedge of some sort to enable the water to just run off or buy a thick waterproof tarpaulin without stitches and lay it over the boat. This would also mean that there would be some ventilation around the edges

I should also add that the cover must be as easy as possible to fit as it will be done by the marina.

Thanks for any ideas you may be able to give me
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Your best bet is more support internally. The water is only leaking through because it is collecting. Even when water'proofer' is applied, it wasn't intended to be able to make a cloth waterjug. Marine canvas is breathable, while plastic is not. You want to maintain breathability AND keep moisture out in order to avoid mold and mildew. IMHO, the key to that is ensure the cover is taught and able to properly and completely shed water.

That being said, I don't think that should exclude the need to go out on a warm sunny day and open the boat up to let it breath every now and then.
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Old 03-25-2013, 03:05 PM   #3
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Your best bet is more support internally. The water is only leaking through because it is collecting. Even when water'proofer' is applied, it wasn't intended to be able to make a cloth waterjug. Marine canvas is breathable, while plastic is not. You want to maintain breathability AND keep moisture out in order to avoid mold and mildew. IMHO, the key to that is ensure the cover is taught and able to properly and completely shed water.

That being said, I don't think that should exclude the need to go out on a warm sunny day and open the boat up to let it breath every now and then.

Thanks for your advice, i have spoken to someone today who has advised me to get more straps around the sides of the cover in the hope that this will make the water slide off easier.

I am also going to apply some Fabsil Gold to the surface of the cover which should prevent the water from laying along with the extra support from the side straps.

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