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Which Cratch Cover

We're looking at getting a cratch cover for our boat and I am wondering which material to choose. I really like the look of canvas but I'm concerned it won't be fully watertight at the seams and the problem of discolouration. I'm not keen on the look of PVC and I'm concerned about the potential of ripping it, or it degrading and splitting over time. Am I getting overly concerned about these fabrics or is there another fabric that would be best. Any advice on which way to go will be appreciated.

Asked by: Raymond Fowler  | 3.17pm, Sunday 26 March

WW says:

As with most aspects of boating, there is no perfect answer to this question. Canvas covers should be no more prone to seams leaking than PVC ones but they can suffer from algae build-up, particularly if you moor near trees. My own fabric canopy cover has this and i am trialling a new product claimed to eliminate it - keep watching Waterways World. PVC covers are usually fabric backed so they are pretty strong and are unlikely to be ripped unless you have a serious accident.
When you are planning to spend quite a large sum of money, it is natural to be concerned about which is the best. However, nothing lasts forever and I don't think there is much difference between the two choices you mention. I would be inclined to go for the one you like the best.

Graham Booth  | 10.41AM, Monday 27 March

Readers say:

We have had a PVC cratch cover made by Wilsons for 2 years now and although is wasn't cheap we have been very pleased with it. It is fully waterproof and looks good. We did consider a fabric finish and they looked good. I suppose it comes down to personal taste in the end.

John Phillip Lloyd  | 9.39PM, Sunday 30 April

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