trivia - Are Master Craft boat covers intended to be water proof, or just for dust and leaves ?

swbcaswbca Posts: 737 Crazy Baller
edited September 2021 in Boat Talk
The Master Craft cover that came with the 2004 Prostar I bought last year was never used outside except for a day or 2 transitioning between lake and storage each year. So its like brand new - no color fade. When I took the boat out from our covered boat lift and had it our driveway with the Master Craft cover, it rained 2" over-night. It all ended up in the boat. The boat was dry when I pulled it out of the lake, so I hadn't pulled the plug. There are no openings, gaps, puddles or rips in the cover. Then this morning, even the over-night due had seeped to the inside of the cover. Is this normal ? If so they must have offered a water resistant cover as well ?
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  • MastercrafterMastercrafter Posts: 388 Crazy Baller
    At 18-ish years old, whatever made it waterproof could have broken down by now and while it may still look good, it might not serve its intended purpose. Time for a nice Sunbrella cover from SkiBoatCovers.com and you won't have to worry about it again :)
    Andreigkya
  • JmoskiJmoski Posts: 477 Crazy Baller
    edited September 2021
    For period of time (and maybe still) the same company (commercial sewing in CT) makes the covers for both MC and Correct Craft. When I bought my used 196 from the dealer I bought a new cover for it. First big rain storm and I had 6” of water in the bilge, I sent it back and they determined the coating they apply was defective! I was so annoyed.

    I got a CoverSports cover from Brent in Washington state which has been awesome. Not sure if he is still in business. Sheds water like a duck.

    If your cover has two ratchets on the back to tighten it up - that’s the one…
    swbca
  • jjackkrashjjackkrash Posts: 1,129 Mega Baller
    Try 303 Fabric Guard or a similar waterproofing product and make sure there is no opportunity for the water to pond. Or a new cover.
    Rogerswbca
  • HortonHorton Posts: 32,524 Administrator
    edited September 2021
    did you have polls or something to keep water from creating pools on the cover?

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  • swbcaswbca Posts: 737 Crazy Baller
    edited September 2021
    @horton Yes the cover was stretched tight with posts. No openings, gaps, no sags or puddles when wet. It was also dripping straight through from last night's dew.
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  • fu_manfu_man Posts: 511 Crazy Baller
    @Horton poles
  • GaryJanzigGaryJanzig Posts: 197 Baller
    303 makes a waterproofing agent. I was able to use it to extend the life of a cover to 17 years on a boat that sits on a lift during the season. Buy the spray bottle and the gallon refill. It will be more than enough to treat it. Once it cures it should make the water bead up and run right off.
    oldjeepswbca
  • RAWSkiRAWSki Posts: 985 Mega Baller
    They seem to work well for 2-3 years but then they all start to let some water thru. I have been told it's because they stretch and the fibers separate. But others say its dirt-dust that works its way into the fabric that then allows water thru. And then there is just the age factor whether it's used or not.
    swbca
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,889 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Mine doesn't sit out much, but my folks pontoon we have to retreat the cover with 303 every couple of years.
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
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  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 5,134 Mega Baller
    Wash by hand using atsko sport wash and a soft brush over a bunch of plastic deck chairs, then rinse the hell out of it and let it dry.

    Once dry apply 303 marine fabric guard or similar product to the dry tarp - 2 applications usually.

    This makes the tarp hydrophobic - where it sits on the hull though will "leech"
    swbca
  • HortonHorton Posts: 32,524 Administrator
    @fu_man Polish?

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  • swbcaswbca Posts: 737 Crazy Baller
    @GaryJanzig The waterproofing agent might work. I just pushed part of the cover into a bucket, then poured water into the cover. The water ran out like through a bunch of pin holes. It didn't go through like if it was a cotton towel. So it is probably more a water repellent surface rather than like a water proof film.
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  • skihackerskihacker Posts: 500 Crazy Baller
    So the cover on my 18 prostar holds up ok when it rains but when it really monsoons it lets a ton of water through, is 303 the best treatment to tighten it up a little?
    swbca
  • ETskierETskier Posts: 174 Baller
    Ditto for 303 Marine Fabric Guard. Recommended by Sunbrella. Buy a gallon for the better price. Apply with pump sprayer, way easier than the spray bottles and cheaper. Follow directions and do 2 applications. Amazon and others have it.
    swbca
  • swbcaswbca Posts: 737 Crazy Baller
    edited May 15
    @jjackkrash @GaryJanzig

    RE: 303 fabric guard . .
    Both of you mentioned using this product for my 18 year old Master Craft boat cover that doesn't repel water; it pours right through. Except for the water repellency, the cover is in great condition because it was never outside more than a few days total over the last 2 decades..

    The easiest way to stretch this cover out to spray on the 303 fabric guard is to put it on the boat. Is that how you applied it ? did you apply it in light coats that didn't leak through, or spread it out somewhere else ?
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  • ETskierETskier Posts: 174 Baller
    Says right on the 303 instructions not to have your cover touching any fiberglass. Spread out over the empty boat trailer or as @BraceMaker suggested, a bunch of plastic yard chairs. Dries in a couple hours, but needs to to cure for 12-24 hours. Cant recall the recoat time.
    swbca
  • swbcaswbca Posts: 737 Crazy Baller
    @ETskier Got-it-thank You . . . Haven't read the 303 package yet, its on its way from Amazon.
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  • jhughesjhughes Posts: 1,200 Mega Baller
    Modern covers require a waterproofing agent. The 303 one is what you want for Sunbrella.
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 5,134 Mega Baller
    @swbca it will make sense when you spray it but the product has a bit of a greasy/kerosene like feel to it when its wet that evaporates off leaving a film on the fabric.

    But remember first you need to clean the fabric, if the fabric is dirty water landing on the material will basically soak the dirt and then that will be a leak.

    You can get a far more waterproof cover if you need it but they don't breath well. So my tactic is to have a nice breathable Sunbrella cover, and then if needed I toss a plain waterproof tarp over the whole lot and stake it out so it lets air under. I do this both for rain but also UV reduction on the boat and trailer.
    Skoot1123swbca
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