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Trailering protection

503Kento503Kento Posts: 67 Baller
edited January 4 in Boat Talk
God willing, I will be picking up my ‘new to me’ prostar for Southern California and trailering it to my home outside Portland Oregon. I’ve got a couple of mountain passes to get over and while I won’t go with snow on the road, there is the possibility of residual sand and gravel. Should I be concerned about gel coat damage? I’ve found some temporary films like https://www.calcarcover.com/product/road-wrap-paint-protection-film/1218. I also thought of pallet wrap but not sure if it would stay on at freeway speeds.

Any other ideas? Do I even need to worry about it?

Thanks,

Kent
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  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,761 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Shrink wrap from home depot will stay on fine. If you are worried about the tow vehicle kicking stuff up consider some rock tamers.
    I assume you are using the cover for the trip home.
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
    ReallyGottaSki
  • lpskierlpskier Posts: 3,076 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Boy, I’m not a fan of trailering with the cover on. Shrink wrap is a good suggestion though.
    John Wilkins- Si non pro sanguine quem ludus ne. #iskiconnelly
  • PatMPatM Posts: 789 Crazy Baller
    If there is a Master Craft dealer near by I would check to see if they would sell you a factory travel cover. It is a shrink wrap cover with felt inside. Did this with my Nautique a couple years ago when it got shipped up to me from Florida. Worked great.
    MISkierNando
  • PatMPatM Posts: 789 Crazy Baller
    Also if you are careful it is reusable
    MISkieraupatking
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,761 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Guess it depends on the cover. The factory malibu covers are tight as a drum and tow fine.
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 3,128 Mega Baller
    I agree with @PatM. I still have my original Malibu travel/delivery cover (11 years) with the felt lining and still use it for long distance trailering. It is a little worse for wear at the stern, but protects the rest of the boat just fine and covers most of the boat to below the waterline. It seems to me that I could still buy one to replace mine, if needed.
    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
  • 503Kento503Kento Posts: 67 Baller
    edited January 4
    Thanks guys, I’ll. check with the MC dealer here. I’m not hopeful as I’ve never seen a prostar there.

    How about if I do the pallet wrap and then put the cover over it to protect the hull from wind whip?

    My previous boat had a super tight custom cover so didn’t think about wind whip issues.
  • lpskierlpskier Posts: 3,076 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I think long distance travel with the normal boat cover is bad for the boat and bad for the cover.
    John Wilkins- Si non pro sanguine quem ludus ne. #iskiconnelly
    BobF
  • WayneWayne Posts: 555 Solid Baller
    If you can’t get a factory shipping cover, just get it shrink wrapped. It’s not that expensive and you can have it covered darn near top to bottom.
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 4,561 Mega Baller
    Cover the window seen too many broken while trailering
  • wski1831wski1831 Posts: 152 Baller
    I have a 17 mastercraft you can tow with the cover. I don’t. The cover does not go down very far so may help with the glass but not the hull. The master craft shipping covers are thick and would cover most of the boat. Not sure about southern cal dealers but not cal master craft probably has one. Might be on the way.
  • LiquidZoneLiquidZone Posts: 17 Baller
    We provide and install factory shrink wrap travel covers for all Prostars (New and used) Purchased from NorCal MC.
    We do not recommend towing with the "storage" boat cover.
    ski4xtc
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,761 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited January 4
    Yes, pallet wrap over rub rail and under past where cover goes. Install cover with no poles maybe prostar come with crappy covers, but the Commercial Sewing factory covers on other brands are made to tow.
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
  • buoyboy1buoyboy1 Posts: 126 Baller
    Duct tape layer (or two) on the lower hull area might help as well from "stuff" flying off from your truck tires.
  • 503Kento503Kento Posts: 67 Baller
    The cover is trailerable but the current owner does not use it that was for the reasons you all stated.

    So, I think I’ll tow it naked to Redding then wrap and cover until I get to my daughter’s place it Medford then tow it naked the rest of the way home.
  • jayskijayski Posts: 997 Mega Baller
    Have made 3 trip just over 2000 miles with a Tumacs cover and a few more 3-400mile trips, no issues at all, no rubbing, no damage, they are without a doubt the best covers out there
    The_MSMISkiersgregg
  • wski1831wski1831 Posts: 152 Baller
    @503Kento what did you get. Pictures?
  • 503Kento503Kento Posts: 67 Baller
    Deal is not 100% done yet so don’t want to jinx it :)
  • wski1831wski1831 Posts: 152 Baller
    Good luck
  • paulpaul Posts: 52 Baller
    Why don’t you just buy one of these and not worry about tarps? https://www.rockgard.com/
  • Fastguy888Fastguy888 Posts: 39 Baller
    It goes without saying be sure to carefully check over the trailer too: Tires, Bearings, Brakes, Lights, Connections... If you are near Chino, CA Pacific Trailers is a great resource (no affiliation). Heading up the Grapevine after initial buyers high wears off; you will be thinking more about the trailer you bought than the boat. Recently had a tire blow out and no brakes on a Boat I bought in SoCal in August. No major damage; but felt stupid for assuming the good tread on tires meant they would be ok. You can buff out some road grime, but being stuck on side of I-5 is no good. I once read statistically you have 45 seconds on the side of a California freeway before you are hit.
    503Kento
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,761 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @paul that doesn't keep all the rest of the traffic from filling your boat with slush and dirt
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
  • 503Kento503Kento Posts: 67 Baller
    @Fastguy888 yep, planning on checking the trailer out thoroughly
  • 503Kento503Kento Posts: 67 Baller
    Headed home with my new baby. Blessed with dry weather and no gravel on the roads.

    Fastguy888
  • mfjaegersrmfjaegersr Posts: 221 Crazy Baller
    Congratulations! That’ll look good on the Willy...
  • PatMPatM Posts: 789 Crazy Baller
    Nice color
  • 503Kento503Kento Posts: 67 Baller
    Made it home last night with no issues and clean dry roads and only a slight sprinkle of rain outside of Eugene. She was a little dusty but no other nicks or chips from the journey.

    @mfjaegersr yep, I think she will. :) Maybe see you out there sometime.
    Bulldogaupatking
  • mfjaegersrmfjaegersr Posts: 221 Crazy Baller
    @503Kento Sounds good. I’ve only driven @ Powerline a handful of times...still cringe at the end of each inbound pass. Forecast looks good for tomorrow; how’s the debris situation right about now?
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