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 Post subject: boat cover suggestions
PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:21 am 
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I'd like to buy a boat cover for my Hobie 18. Are there any alternatives to the $800+ 'Top Gun' covers?

PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:40 am 
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Your Hobie dealer offers a less expensive 'Universal Cover' - they are sold through the Hobie Cat parts catalog, and have a retail of $237. They work great, and are made of a woven polyethylene that is coated on both sides. To order call toll free 1800hobie49 - or click the dealer finder here:

PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:45 pm 
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to protect the tramp from sun i use Lowes heavy duty tarp... 8x10 feet and some bungees.

8 feet across goes to the edge of either hull
10 feet bow/stern from crossbar to aft of boom

mine is on the beach most of the year and experiences severe bouts of spontaneous sailing... don't wanna fuss w/a cover. i just wash/polish prob 2x year and mclube/teflon the stainless, blocks, etc every few sails.

tarp off, jib cover down, main up, boards down and I"m gone. 10 min.

PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 2:37 am 
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Joined: Sun Apr 17, 2011 6:31 am
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Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
I had my boat cover made up for approx $ 260.

The cover is as shown below


Richard Stephens

PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2012 9:44 pm 
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Joined: Wed Jul 06, 2005 2:15 pm
Posts: 1152
Location: Oakland, CA
I have been using Hobie's universal boat cover for about five years and it has performed beyond my expectations. It covers a boat which is stored outdoors and has very little deterioration and it fits.

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