Driftboat Cover

2506

Active Member
#1
Need to get a cover for my driftboat for outside storage for the next 9 months or so. Does anyone know of a decent, fairly local, maker of such a thing? Looking for a canvas-type cover with lash-downs.

Thanks!
 

walove

Active Member
#2
Universal 16 or 17 foot boat cover? From overtons or west marine. Drift boat covers are usually custom and expensive.

Or get a couple people to help you flip it over. The bottom is quite water proof.

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Jim Ficklin

Genuine Montana Fossil
#6
If you're looking ONLY for a one-time, 9-month solution, an outfit rolls-into this area every year to put shrink-wrap on boats at a few local dealers. I have no idea how expensive this might be, who does it, or if they would treat a single boat but it might be worth looking-into if such would solve your current problem.
 

2506

Active Member
#9
If you're looking ONLY for a one-time, 9-month solution, an outfit rolls-into this area every year to put shrink-wrap on boats at a few local dealers. I have no idea how expensive this might be, who does it, or if they would treat a single boat but it might be worth looking-into if such would solve your current problem.
Great idea, but sounds like a hassle to get that sucker re-wrapped after every trip.
 

Jim Ficklin

Genuine Montana Fossil
#10
Great idea, but sounds like a hassle to get that sucker re-wrapped after every trip.
Yeah, if you're planning on using the boat, that 's a no-go. I was thinking that you were laying it up for 9 months. 5C's is the best long-term solution. I've never regretted getting the cover for my Koffler & Elaine has patterns already for a lot of boats. I tried to make do with an inexpensive plastic tarp over a a PVC ridgepole the first winter; that hair-brained, jury-rigged idea got old quick, fast, & in a hurry.
 

2506

Active Member
#11
Yeah, if you're planning on using the boat, that 's a no-go. I was thinking that you were laying it up for 9 months. 5C's is the best long-term solution. I've never regretted getting the cover for my Koffler & Elaine has patterns already for a lot of boats. I tried to make do with an inexpensive plastic tarp over a a PVC ridgepole the first winter; that hair-brained, jury-rigged idea got old quick, fast, & in a hurry.
Yeah, the tarp and bungee-chord approach I've currently got going isn't a solution at all. I'll try 5Cs and see what they can do.

Thanks everyone!
 

Shapp

Active Member
#12
It's an aluminum Willieboat.
Well if its aluminum, we have had our koffler drift boat stored outside and not covered for 16 years. Though we store the seats, anchor rope/anchor, oars and oar locks in the garage. It has a diamond plate floor, not the wood skidgaurd floor deck. No ill effects. Not trying to deter you from a cover, just saying your boat won't care either way.

PS before we owned it, it was stored outside for 10 years before that.

If I lived in a place with persistent winter snow, I would probably cover it just so you wouldn't have to dig it out to use during the winter. But I might be skewed, it was only $2500 bucks for the boat and trailer. If we spent $10,000 on a new boat I might think otherwise. One reason I am a big fan of buying drift boats used so you don't have to worry about things like dings, scratches, leaves, dirt and hatchery fish blood.
 
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2506

Active Member
#14
Did just look at the 5C website. Only problem I have with their cover is that it's allegedly designed to be used with oarlocks removed. That's going to be a total PITA if that's the case. Anyone have any experience using their covers without taking out your oarlocks every time.