Today’s email from P&B has made me think for a moment about weathermax covers.
Datchet is a tough environment on covers. I think it’s all the kerosene that spews out of Heathrow aircraft that does it. The old type covers get very blackened and sometimes slippery in that environment. Horrible, it is. I used to get 5-6 years only out of the old type before they needed replacing. In fact, they used to discolour quite badly even after just a couple of seasons.
I’m just realising that my weathermax cover, from Goacher Sails, is about 18 months old and still looks crisp and new! So this material is really great. The only downside I’ve noticed is that when trailing it can rub straight through (where the side supports are), so maybe some strengthening patches there – ironically of the old material! – would work. Other than that, it’s brilliant !
I just looked up the P&B one from their email – it’s a little over £300.
A short while ago we wrote about the wonders of weathermax material for boat covers – mine’s great!
However, I just saw a stunning example from P&B in dark blue material- grey taping – it looked marvellous!! Much better than my ‘normal’ blue one in fact…!!
Remember, if you fancy one from P&B – hurry !! Their discount offer closes in one week’s time….
Have you seen the announcement of 15% discount off covers at P&B until 21st December, …. Santa??….!!
How long do you reckon to get out of a cover?? In the London environment, where cyclists wear facemasks, I reckon to get five, maybe six years. Is it more where you are??
Anyway, for our fleet, the P&B seasonal offers are always good news and 15% is a real motivator. This is the link to the P&B Covers Page.
Another thing caught my attention about this is the announcement that the covers are available in a new material called “Weathermax”. It’ll be interesting to see how well it deals with the air of London. This is what P&B have to say about it:-
Our covers are made from high quality PVC coated polyester or Weathermax, a new fabric that combines breakthrough UV technology with water resistance, breathability and durability so that it can protect your boat for longer.
I’ve just got a cover made in weathermax for our boat ….
- It’s much lighter material than we are used to, and when new (at least) it’s quite slippery. Light when wet, even. So using it, as in “putting it on”, is a bit more pleasant an experience.
- It’s strange stuff as it appears not to be coated on either side. In fact, to the naked eye it looks the same both sides. You are aware that it is man-made material, but somehow, it does not seem at all plastic.
- So is there anything not to like?? Well, when wet, or even just the morning dew, it holds the water (when new anyway) in big globules on the surface. Just maybe, surface tension is enough to stop the water running away as quick as you’d think – it seems to have zero water absorption…. So when you roll it up and then lift it off the boat, great streams of water run all over your jeans. Yuck!! The best tip here is to get your bowman to take the cover off instead…!!!