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My custom boat cover needs replaced.
Cover is made of Sunbrella material.

National boat covers has a cover (Wind Storm Elite ) for my model of boat made from Sunbrella material for $643.00 including shipping.

Anybody have a National Wind Storm Elite boat cover?

Paul's Canvas wants $1250.00 to make one from Sunbrella.
5 hours round trip driving to get to Paul's.
I know their work but thinking about National.

Looking for opinions if you have one a National cover.

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Snagged I use Boatcovers.com for the custom made covers for my Tracker. I'm on my second cover in 10 years with the 1st lasting 8 yrs with a lot of miles on it. The 1st cover was made of Prism which was good for my use but wanted better this time, the newer cover I ordered being made with WeatherMax 80. I searched the reviews between Sunbrella and WeatherMax 80 and am very happy with my choice. Here are some reviews and info on the matter...

https://www.thehulltruth.com/boating-forum/617599-weathermax-80-vs-sunbrella-2.html

https://www.thehulltruth.com/boating-forum/617599-weathermax-80-vs-sunbrella-2.html

and the latest cover I ordered(on sale right now)...
http://www.boatcovers.com/product_info1.php?cPath=1_181&products_id=4333&sc_products_id=179
 

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I bought a Westland Custom Cover from Baldmikes for my old Crownline. If I remember right, it was less than what you are quoting from National, and I was happy with it.

You might consider Sharkskin. It is a little less expensive, and more waterproof (but doesn't breathe).

Mike is having a sale right now. Ends tonight though.

https://baldmikes.com
 

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My Pauls' is on it's 8th year now, with a ton of long fast interstate hauling on it. Still perfect.
 

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A cover from Boatcovers in Weather Max for my boat is $615.
A cover from National in Sunbrella is $642.
Mikes doesn't list my boat in their selection guide.

Decision time.
Thanks guys.

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I'm definitely watching this close... I need a new cover badly
 

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UPDATE
Not happy with my cover from National.
I went with a cover of a different material than my old SunBrella one.
First time towing with it on and it got 2 small rips on the back corners.
The reason it ripped was the reinforcement on the underside of the cover did not cover the entire aluminum plate on the corner of the boat.
My old custom cover(Sunbrella, 12 years old) was reinforced properly on the corners and never tore.
I sent pictures to National Boat covers about the small tears.
After many emails they said to bad.
This is a semi custom cover.

I will always get a custom cover from now on.
Twice the price.
Twice as nice.
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The old saying "you get what you pay for" has been around forever for a reason...
Sorry you found out the hard way.
 

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Don't give up on it yet. You can get everything you need at JoAnne Fabrics or Hobby Lobby (among others) to fix, increase, strengthen and improve the corner protection and reinforcement. For probably less than $25-30.

Of course Slayer will agree, pics would help.
 

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I ordered a WeatherMax from Boatcovers.com yesterday. Thanks for the info Tony, was very helpful.

I'll be ordering straps on Amazon after the cover arrives, and probably support poles as well after I see how it fits. Boatcovers.com did not have competitive pricing on those accessories.
 

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A cover from Boatcovers in Weather Max for my boat is $615.
A cover from National in Sunbrella is $642.
Mikes doesn't list my boat in their selection guide.

Decision time.
Thanks guys.

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My Pauls custom was like $750. 8 years ago-
 

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Tang,I think you'll be happy with it. One tip I do, I have a couple small pieces of indoor/outdoor carpet I put on those sharper 2 edges on the back transom under the cover. Even though the top is extra thick, padded in those spots I don't want to risk what happened to Snagged.

Mikie, price your top today 8 years later...they got expensive all hell!
 

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Mikie, price your top today 8 years later...they got expensive all hell!
Mine was almost double that. It came with the boat. So, I'm sure the dealer added "a little" mark-up. When I contacted Paul's about a storage cover and a bimini top I was shocked at their pricing. Nice covers. But, after the recent hail damage; I'll be buying mine from Boatcovers.com for sure! I can buy two for the price of one Paul's.
 

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If any of you guys want to see one before deciding let me know and I'll show you mine for the workmanship.
 

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I called Paul's.
They quoted $1300 for my boat.
And I have to make 2 trips from Teller County to have it done.


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Brutal! But you will get what you pay for. If you dont do a lot of high mileage interstate trips the cheaper may be the way to go. If that cover aint perfect it will tear itself to pieces quickly on long trips-
 

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It also depends on how you want to use the cover. I'll never have mine on on the highway. It's just for Winter and potential down-pours during fishing trips while trailered.

Mine was $471 shipped for 16' boat, BTW.
 

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Finally found a photo of my old boat and Bald Mike cover. Worked great, even for towing.



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