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Old 25-02-2015, 11:51   #1
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The Sad Tale of My Dinghy Cover

Beautiful! I exclaimed after seeing the dinghy cover for the first time. It was a hassle to put on, but no problem. It's protecting my dinghy. It obstructs my view behind me, but no problem! It cost a bunch of money, but that's okay. It's protecting my dinghy! Many people get 20 years use from a hypalon dinghy but I only got 10. That expensive, work intensive, view blocking cover rubbed a hole in my Aquapro hypalon dinghy. Attached is what it looks like after paying for professional patch attempt. $2000 learning experience!
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Old 25-02-2015, 11:56   #2
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Don't you just hate it when that happens?
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Re: The Sad Tale of My Dinghy Cover

If it aint broke don't fix it! Yeah.... sometimes solutions are problems for sure... I bought a fancy hooped boat cover once... like a conestoga wagon top,,,, the tie downs rubbed thru my lifeline vinyl coating in short order! and the thing was a PITA to set up and take down when it blew hard. Worst investment I ever made.. Knew someone who had a boom tent mad and it rubbed thru the main cover and wore a hole in the sail!
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Old 25-02-2015, 12:27   #4
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After spending $90 for a canvas cover from our local Zodiac dealer which only lasted two years, I started getting queen sized fitted sheets. Lots easier on both the wallet and the dinghy.
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Re: The Sad Tale of My Dinghy Cover

FWIW,

Having "chaps" made for the dinghy seems a better option, as they don't chafe the dinghy tube material. If you are interested to tackle making your own, I suggest you first read Sail-Rite's "tutorial" about doing it. Ours would possibly have come out better if I'd been smart enough to have done that!

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FWIW,

Having "chaps" made for the dinghy seems a better option, as they don't chafe the dinghy tube material. If you are interested to tackle making your own, I suggest you first read Sail-Rite's "tutorial" about doing it. Ours would possibly have come out better if I'd been smart enough to have done that!

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Definitely second that. Chaps are the way to go. They protect the tubes both when stored and in use. Probably not too good with PVC air floor protection, however. A problem with full dinghy covers is that if they are waterproof they inhibit draining. I had a dinghy that collapsed the trailer after a night of heavy rain (like 600mm overnight and, no, that's not a typo) because the cover inhibited the water draining out and it filled up like a big bathtub!
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Friend of mine made me a dinghy cover out of an old discarded dinghy sail. Took him about 30 minutes to cut, sew, and put a dozen grommets in it. The sail was free and his time was free but I forced $20 on him anyway. Can't imagine a pro would charge more than $50 or so for the same work. Been a year now, and, like the guy who jumped off the Empire State Building said as he passed the 86th floor, "so far, so good".
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If I had a dinghy with an airfloor, I think I'd make a heavy cover for it that could be removed for when you want to roll it up. PVC Airfloors are vulnerable to fuel + oil spills.

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Update: I finally got the leak fixed. Dinghy is still in use, but certainly without the cover!

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