Cover support for 1994 180BR Signature Edition?

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  1. surfinagin

    surfinagin New Member

    29
    Jul 27, 2010
    NY
    1994 180BR Signature Edition
    5.0L Mercruiser
    How do you support your boat cover?
    I keep my 1994 180BR on a lift, with a Sharkskin cover held on by webbing to the lift and bow/stern eyes.
    For awhile, I used a "support system" pole topped with plastic triangle with webbing running off it, but got tired of untangling and wrestling with that.
    Now I stack swimming tubes in the bow, and built a frame to stand the pole/plastic triangle between the seats (no straps). I then stand up a large towing tube in the back.
    It's worked but kind of crazy, so seek alternatives.

    One idea: buy (2) of these Vico support poles/vents, placing one in the open bow and other between the seats:
    https://www.amazon.com/Vico-Marine-...ocphy=9005070&hvtargid=pla-571719192188&psc=1

    Anyone use these Vico poles -do they work well? Hard to stand up when installing the cover?
    Better ideas?

    Also: May replace the Sharkskin cover soon. Sunbrella still the best option? Boat is EC with 466hrs. I want to keep it that way!

    Thanks for your time!
     
  2. Stingrayaxe

    Stingrayaxe Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    284
    Oct 29, 2015
    Crystal Lake
    2009 Sea Ray 205 Sport
    2015 Chevy Tahoe, Max Towing
    5.0 Merc Alpha 1
    Yes I use a similar system. I have two covers. Both use a vent/pole in the bow and and one in the cockpit. I bought a set of the plastic screw together type vents from Amazon. I took them to my cover place to get them to install. They told me to send them back. They use a rubber sew in version. I had them installed. I liked them so much I had them do the second cover. Both covers are Sunbrella. I use one cover for storage during the season and the other for trailering and mooring when we are using the boat. Had them done 2-3 years ago and still holding up very well. They charged me $40 to install including the vent. Poles were included with the covers that I had.
     
  3. surfinagin

    surfinagin New Member

    29
    Jul 27, 2010
    NY
    1994 180BR Signature Edition
    5.0L Mercruiser
    Stingrayaxe, thanks for your reply-

    A sewn-in rubber vent is probably far better, and $40 each sounds like a good deal.
    If your cover/vents are accessible and you can find a a mfr/product # on the vents I'd appreciate that very much.

    With inflation, I assume a quote for the same work (if I can get one locally) will far exceed $40 -but worth a try!
    The Vico support pole/vent on Amazon is $33, and Vico vents sold separately are $12.

    THX
     
  4. Stingrayaxe

    Stingrayaxe Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    284
    Oct 29, 2015
    Crystal Lake
    2009 Sea Ray 205 Sport
    2015 Chevy Tahoe, Max Towing
    5.0 Merc Alpha 1
    Surf, There are no markings on the vents. I've include a picture of the invoice. Give them a call. Good people. They may share their source with you since you are out of state. The support poles that I am using are from Carver. Around $25 each if I recall correctly. IMG_0451.jpg IMG_0452.jpg IMG_0455.jpg
     
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  5. surfinagin

    surfinagin New Member

    29
    Jul 27, 2010
    NY
    1994 180BR Signature Edition
    5.0L Mercruiser
    Stingrayaxe, THANKS for taking the time to forward me all your info! Much appreciated.
     
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  6. surfinagin

    surfinagin New Member

    29
    Jul 27, 2010
    NY
    1994 180BR Signature Edition
    5.0L Mercruiser
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  7. Stingrayaxe

    Stingrayaxe Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    284
    Oct 29, 2015
    Crystal Lake
    2009 Sea Ray 205 Sport
    2015 Chevy Tahoe, Max Towing
    5.0 Merc Alpha 1
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