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Capevettes
07-05-2014, 06:21 AM
Is there anyone that still produces the cockpit covers for a Classic 18? Mine was red/maroon in color that attached to the snaps around the cockpit. Does any one still produce these or know of any source for one. My boat is drenched and the cover blew away with the storm last night :confused:

Thanks, Paul

Capevettes
07-05-2014, 02:01 PM
Josh at Donzi Direct.com answered an e-mail. Looks like none of them are the same and I will have to have it measured and made locally using sunbrella material.

Carl C
07-05-2014, 03:50 PM
You can't find it? I guess you've searched high and low. . . . . .

Capevettes
07-05-2014, 04:34 PM
You can't find it? I guess you've searched high and low. . . . . .

Carl, The wife and I searched the lake all over. We had the kayaks out, scuba gear, you name it, it's nowhere to be found. The winds were strong out of the North so we figured we could find it on the South side of the boat. No luck :garfield:. I did find a guy that can make me one. He's been doing tops for 30 years. Just money down the drain. My $175 swim area buoy took off just last week. I suppose it could be worse.

Carl C
07-05-2014, 04:38 PM
I didn't know it was on a lake. It probably sank. Expensive loss.

Capevettes
07-07-2014, 06:11 PM
I have a local boat/canvass guy that has agreed to make a new top for me right here at the house. What do you think of $860? He is using Sunbrella. Seems pricey but it is nice that he can do it right here at the dock.

BUIZILLA
07-07-2014, 07:28 PM
about 5 large high

hardcrab
07-07-2014, 07:33 PM
about 5 large high

I agree .......................... although I recently was shopping a dodger / forward cover for my 13' Whaler.


It floored me, the price came in at $975 with a $100 discount! - I'll make another plan

Conquistador_del_mar
07-07-2014, 08:13 PM
Really not too much to those covers if you are talking about a tonneau cover for the cockpit that snaps down. It seems like $400 or so should get one made.

Fishermanjm
07-07-2014, 09:08 PM
Cape... its for your Donzi right and the guy is gonna do it at your place, go for it!!!

Capevettes
07-08-2014, 07:42 AM
Thanks for the replies. I agree it seems high but he can do it right away and right at my dock so I'm just going to have him go ahead. I will pick out the color this AM and it will be done by the middle of next week. I have the full cover for the boat but it's a PITA to get on the boat while it's on the boat lift. The cockpit cover is much easier.

Most of the other canvass guys either won't return phone calls or require that the boat be left at their shop. Typical Cape Cod :bonk:

TBroccoli
07-08-2014, 12:39 PM
What do you use under the full cover as support to keep water from pocketting? I use the tonneu cover.

Capevettes
07-08-2014, 12:54 PM
What do you use under the full cover as support to keep water from pocketting? I use the tonneu cover.

I rarely if ever use the full cover. When I have used it I put it on over the cockpit cover which has the pole in the center to help direct water off the cover. I am going to have to use it until the new cockpit cover is installed on Monday.

Morgan's Cloud
07-08-2014, 02:55 PM
Most competent marine canvas/upholstery fabricators should have the telescoping support poles in stock should you need one.
Some have the pointed end which fits into a hole grommet made into the cover. Others have two blunt ends which you can affix rubber feet to , the kind that would go under the leg of a utility chair .
They 'collapse' into quite a short rod when not in use and they can be a simple fix to stop your cover from turning into a bucket after a down pour of rain .. I guess they would work in snow too but I don't know anything about that stuff :biggrin.:

Ghost
07-08-2014, 03:54 PM
I'm a fan of the universal telescoping cover poles, to your point MC. The inner tube has a grommet point on one end and a snap on the other. Flip it around for use anywhere. I think there may even be a mushroom-cap for one end also, for use with neither grommet nor snap.

miike
07-08-2014, 07:26 PM
I'm a fan of the universal telescoping cover poles, to your point MC. The inner tube has a grommet point on one end and a snap on the other. Flip it around for use anywhere. I think there may even be a mushroom-cap for one end also, for use with neither grommet nor snap.


I need a cover too. If your snaps are the original ones on the boat, I'll go in on two with you, maybe it will be cheaper to have two made at once.

If you already have yours, would you mind telling me who made it? My local guys want anywhere from $500 to $1000 and it just isnt worth that much to me given that I already have a full cover and I trailer.

Thanks

Tidbart
07-09-2014, 08:26 AM
Just and FYI. Sunbrella for a cover costs retail, about $22-25/yard. A cockpit cover will cost about $150-200 in material, retail, and that would include all the extras, snaps, thread, bindings, etc.

My point, if someone is charging more than $500 for a cockpit cover, they are gouging. I don't care if they go to your boat or not. It is what they do in the marine upholstery industry.

Of course, these are just my opinions. :kingme:

B

mattyboy
07-09-2014, 09:51 AM
I just paid 450 for blue sunbrella for a cockpit cover for the bench seat it is about 6x4 with a tent pole and a small flap to protect the in deck compass. Color matters reds are more expensive. I was quoted 700 from another guy and would need to wait a month. The guy I used came with good feedback from the local marinas

I would think a 16 or 18 cover would be about 50% bigger so should be 50% more$$

The 16 skisporter had a wood bow to tent the cover and prevent puddles. The 18 used the wheel and top of the seats to tent the cover

Capevettes
07-09-2014, 10:48 AM
I agree that it does seem a bit high but when most of these guys won't answer phone messages, won't come to your house or require you leave you prized Donzi sitting in their parking lot for a month, a 2 or 300 dollar difference doesn't really matter to me. He is coming Monday to do it and I paid up front. $860 plus tax= $917. What are you gonna do :worthy:

Tidbart
07-09-2014, 10:53 AM
My note was for future reference. I realize you are paying a premium for you cover. If nobody will answer their phones nor return phone calls, then your guy has himself on of them there monopolies. That works for him and not necessarily for you.

Hope he does a stellar job.

B

Morgan's Cloud
07-09-2014, 12:35 PM
Just and FYI. Sunbrella for a cover costs retail, about $22-25/yard. A cockpit cover will cost about $150-200 in material, retail, and that would include all the extras, snaps, thread, bindings, etc.

My point, if someone is charging more than $500 for a cockpit cover, they are gouging. I don't care if they go to your boat or not. It is what they do in the marine upholstery industry.

Of course, these are just my opinions. :kingme:

B

Out here everyone with a boat eventually comes to the realization that whatever you need for your boat it's going to cost 3'xs as much as the exact same thing for your car or house.
Maybe you should have told him that it was a cover for your BBQ but to please use your boat as the template :bonk:

CHACHI
07-09-2014, 12:48 PM
Maybe you should have told him that it was a cover for your BBQ but to please use your boat as the template :bonk:

Brillant!

Ken

Jraysray
07-10-2014, 03:46 PM
Brillant!

Ken

Ive got a cockpit cover on my BBQ pit from a Cig Top Gun. Thats the truth.

Capevettes
07-14-2014, 01:10 PM
My new top is on and it came out great!!! Thanks to Ed Donnelly for his suggestion to add twist to locks on all 4 corners so I don't lose another one. Very pleased and ready for more rain the next 2 days :nilly:

Greg Guimond
07-14-2014, 01:17 PM
Nice to see it was painless and quick. Twist locks are a great idea. We are going to have a full week of rain down here with very high winds as well.