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  • How do you stop water from filling up your boat cover?

    I have a 1990 Regal 233 Xl Ambassador Cabin Cruiser. I store it outside and cover it completely with a good water proof boat cover. The cover goes around the 2' tall pulpit / bow rails in the front and over the rear deck rails. I used 2 inflatable exercise balls in the front to form a inverted Vee and I used an adjustable pole in the rear deck. Proberm is, is when the cover gets wet it forms pockets and when it rains hard or snows it forms very deep pockets. I had to go out several times last winter and bucket the snow and water off. I was thinking this year to use 1/4" plywood over the bow rails and stick 2x4's underneath for support and the same for rear deck, this way the cover would not dip. So far, water has not entered the boat, the cover is very flexible and can hold large pockets of water. I strap the cover with 6 adjustable straps on each side, 2 on the bow and 2 on the transom, and adjust the frequently.

    Any suggestion on what to do??????????
    Thank you


  • #2
    Re: How do you stop water from filling up your boat cover?

    Keep it in a barn, or shrink wrap it, or use more internal supports.
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    • #3
      Re: How do you stop water from filling up your boat cover?

      IMO best thing to do is built a simple 2x4 ridge pole with supports that rest on the floor of the boat running full length. Couple things that are important, make sure the base of the support poles have a piece of plywood (roughly 8x8 or larger) screwed to the bottom to distribute the weight (a piece of carpet under the ply is a good idea as well) and the peak or height of the ridge pole needs to be higher than the windshield and provide a good pitch side to side to shed the snow.

      To hold the ridge pole in place use some light weight rope or fiberglass strapping (like what's used when they shrink wrap a boat) and tie the pole side to side looping over and around the pole so it doesn't slip... Secure the cover nice and tight and you'll be good to go.. Kinda hard to explain, but here's a link showing some pics of a boat I framed before shrink wrapping. Not the best pics, but hopefully between the pics and my description you can make heads or tails of it.. http://www.millerboatworks.com/?110560000000

      Hope this helps!

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      • #4
        Re: How do you stop water from filling up your boat cover?

        I used 4" PVC drain pipe with 2 90* elbows and built a center ridge support to go under the cover for my cruiser. $15 at a home improvement store, Problem solved.
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        • #5
          Re: How do you stop water from filling up your boat cover?

          Here is what I used. Some 3/4" PVC and some elbows

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          • #6
            Re: How do you stop water from filling up your boat cover?

            Originally posted by Last Mohican View Post
            I used 4" PVC drain pipe with 2 90* elbows and built a center ridge support to go under the cover for my cruiser. $15 at a home improvement store, Problem solved.
            I did the same thing and added cheap blue poly tarp over the top of the cover, secured with bungies. The tarp stretches a bit tighter & provides a slick surface.

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            • #7
              Re: How do you stop water from filling up your boat cover?

              They were all great ideals, but with a ridge beam 2x4 at the bow, the length from pulpit bow rail to the top of the windshield is 16' horizontal. I would need to get the 2x4 angled up to get to the height of the window. On that angle towards the window, what does the end of the beam rest on. It just can't be suspended in the air, because the weight of water or snow would pull it down. I understand about 2x4 post on wide platforms for balance, but not on how to continuie the V effect towards the window. However, I think I can do the PVC on the deck plat form.
              Here's a picture of the boat so that you guy's can get a better understanding.

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              • #8
                How do you pitch your boat cover to keep water from pooling

                I had started this tread on the Restoration page, I had some good ideas but need more.

                I have a 1990 Regal 233 Xl Ambassador Cabin Cruiser. I store it outside and cover it completely with a good water proof boat cover. The cover goes around the 2' tall pulpit / bow rails in the front and over the rear deck rails. I used 2 inflatable exercise balls in the front to form a inverted Vee and I used an adjustable pole in the rear deck. Problem is, is when the cover gets wet it forms pockets and when it rains hard or snows it forms very deep pockets. I had to go out several times last winter and bucket the snow and water off. I was thinking this year to use 1/4" plywood over the bow rails and stick 2x4's underneath for support and the same for rear deck, this way the cover would not dip. Last year water did not entered the boat, the cover is very flexible and can hold large pockets of water. I strap the cover with 6 adjustable straps on each side, 2on the bow and 2 on the transom, and adjust them frequently.

                From the pulpit to the windshield is about 16 lf, the boat is 9.5 ft wide, almost 24.5 ft in total length.

                Any suggestion on what to do??????????


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                • #9
                  Re: How do you pitch your boat cover to keep water from pooling

                  Block the jockey wheel up off the ground so the water slopes off to the rear?

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                  • #10
                    Re: How do you pitch your boat cover to keep water from pooling

                    go to a shop that sells shrink wrap....and ask for post ends.....

                    kinda a flower looking thingy that attaches to the top of a 2x4......stick the 2x4 under the tarp and cut to length
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                    • #11
                      Re: How do you pitch your boat cover to keep water from pooling

                      http://www.bigshrink.com/Straps-Supports_c_12.html
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                      • #12
                        Re: How do you pitch your boat cover to keep water from pooling

                        I like the ideal on how the shrink wrap company used the 2x4 post and string method, but I am not using shrink wrap, I'm using a full wrap around boat cover.
                        I live in the midwest, not in a populated area so my resources are scarce.

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                        • #13
                          Re: How do you pitch your boat cover to keep water from pooling

                          the same method works for your boat cover...... Last I checked, UPS delivers to the midwest also..... If you want to cheap out on it use some bucket lids. Cut a few slots and staple them to the 2x4's.... the strapping they use is important... flat to staple and doesn't stretch

                          You could use rope and ratchet straps to tension it but it's more of a pain
                          Kevin

                          But, where are the reevets?
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                          • #14
                            Re: How do you pitch your boat cover to keep water from pooling

                            2x4 = yuck.

                            Get some PVC piping. Possibilities are endless.
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                            • #15
                              Re: How do you stop water from filling up your boat cover?

                              Originally posted by Johnny Be Cool View Post
                              They were all great ideals, but with a ridge beam 2x4 at the bow, the length from pulpit bow rail to the top of the windshield is 16' horizontal. I would need to get the 2x4 angled up to get to the height of the window. On that angle towards the window, what does the end of the beam rest on. It just can't be suspended in the air, because the weight of water or snow would pull it down. I understand about 2x4 post on wide platforms for balance, but not on how to continuie the V effect towards the window. However, I think I can do the PVC on the deck plat form.
                              Here's a picture of the boat so that you guy's can get a better understanding.

                              A good skyhook otta hold that 2x4 up lol
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