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  1. watson524

    Need extra strap for cockpit cover to arch top

    That's great!! Can you post a picture when you're done? So you're just going with the assumption that you don't need it adjustable since you can just measure to what you'd want it to be, which frankly no matter what is better than nothing, and go from there? I don't have the boat right now (up at the dealer but I think I'll be picking it up tomorrow) so I can take some measurements and such. I also have a friend with a shop that I'm sure can bend things so it's too much trouble with packaging and all, I can probably whip up something here but I certainly appreciate your offer!
  2. watson524

    Need extra strap for cockpit cover to arch top

    Well clearly, but it doesn't make it right or OK lol!
  3. watson524

    Need extra strap for cockpit cover to arch top

    Huh I wonder why they seem to be consistently putting the pole snap on the covers back too far?
  4. watson524

    Need extra strap for cockpit cover to arch top

    When I had to learn to go stern in I watched a lot of YouTube captain videos and such and then talked to a few friends locally and people on our docks. This is really only for our home docks because it's well into the no wake zone at the end of the lake, has limited wind and limited current. I have left from a side slip at a dock and dine place up the lake and I definitely had to steer while in gear. At one point the wind was pushing me to the dock so much I had to spring line off. We would lose position too and sometimes I have to account for that (starting my swing earlier than normal) and sometimes I have lost the bow and started over but generally, I move the wheel, then bump the throttle in and out of gear. I could never quite tell if I was straight on the drive (something I want to look at again when it comes out for the season later this week) but i also counted the lock to lock turns so I just assume half of those is center. May not be the best way but it works ok. I tend to come down the runway and start my swing to starboard when the nose is about at the mid point of the slip before us, the front side of that slip if it's breezy, then I to where my bow is at an angle but maybe half way into our slip (this where where I know if I started my swing too late because my bow is too far to the other side/past our slip), then I go all the way to port with the wheel, bump it in and out of gear a bit to walk the transom to port and then straighten the wheel (or what I think is straight, this is the most frustrating part for me), and go back slowly. Sometimes I've had to cut hard to starboard and give some throttle forward if the bow is swung too far to port and then adjust from there. I hate docking, it scares the crap of out me but I 100% follow the "don't go faster than you're willing to hit something" rule and haven't had any issues really, it just makes me very nervous but it's only been one season. The old boat, bow in and only a 198XL, I could dock bow in blind so practice, practice, practice.
  5. watson524

    Need extra strap for cockpit cover to arch top

    And PLEASE if you're using fenders attached TO your vessel, bring them in when underway! I hate seeing people flying down the lake fenders flappin LOL!
  6. watson524

    Need extra strap for cockpit cover to arch top

    Amen to that, we just don't like to hit at all lol! I did very lightly kiss a corner fender last weekend because I forgot to open the transom door and thought my corner was clear. That pissed me off but I wasn't under speed so no harm done.
  7. watson524

    Need extra strap for cockpit cover to arch top

    Don't worry he enjoys it just fine. It's not me calling the shots on all of that. He recognizes that he needs more practice and doesn't want to damage our very large investment so he's got no problem letting me dock. He's not one of "those" types of men. He just didn't grow up around machines and equipment and stuff. Tho he can back up a trailer like a champ, which he jokes pisses me off because while I can get into angles and tight spots, I can't back up straight for crap so we trade practice sessions. And if you knew me, you'd know how utterly absurd your purse comment it. Can't stand them!
  8. watson524

    Need extra strap for cockpit cover to arch top

    Well that's an interesting question...... Yes, in open waters he definitely does but he's still got to practice before he can/will do it around the marina. He has a tendency to overuse the throttle so we've spent some time around the no wake bouy trying to get the feel of the throttle and steering and all (turn the wheel, bump the throttle, back to neutral, always in that order; never turning the wheel while in gear, etc). He's only been boating since he's known me and he wouldn't drive the old boat (it was a mutual I didn't want him to, he didn't want to) because it was an OMC drive and the throttle was not as smooth as the new boat and such so this boat will be his learning experience. It's funny, on the dock across from us, a pocket cruiser (probably 26' like ours) came down the fairway and it was AMAZING how the boat turned to port and backed right into the slip. No kissing the sides or anything. As it started going in reverse, a guy in his 60s stepped off and tied up. Next thing you know, his WIFE comes from the helm. I yelled over to see if she gave lessons and she said she certainly could. The husband yells back "she's been doing this for a long time, I don't get involved in docking" LOL! It was like my husband and I in 20 years.
  9. watson524

    Need extra strap for cockpit cover to arch top

    Yeah not only did I have to learn to back in this season (old boat was bow in) but I had to learn to do it in a very tight spot, and I'm still learning. The guy next to me who I thought was so good at it, I saw him come in last weekend, he does it super fast but what I didn't realize is he rubs the upright the whole way in. I never touch the upright so I don't care if I'm going super slow or have to abort or whatever, I'm not jammed up against fenders and whatnot. As for not having to put out and pull in fenders all the time, it's awesome! I love having the ones we do on the dock (3 at the transom, uprights covered with pads then 3 fixed fenders on the piers on each side). It's so nice to walk on, drop the lines and go. It's 3" on each side (roughly, the plastic/rubber fixed fenders don't touch if the water is dead calm but it's tight" so I think those like you have might be too thick.
  10. watson524

    Need extra strap for cockpit cover to arch top

    Our read seat isn't power sliding. I forget when they stopped doing that but... It's not too bad once you work it a bit. We haven't actually had anyone on it while it's flat (I use 70 SPF sunscreen and my tan is freckles so....). But you are right about the squared up platform. So much more space. Are those dock pads on the finger something you put there? We have a corner fender and 2 going down each side but it doesn't give full coverage. I also have 2 on the uprights on each side but we have an 8'6" beam in a just under 9' slip so I've been thinking about better protection. I haven't had any issues but it's a very slow process (walkthrough door MUST be opened so I can see that corner) and then my husband has the pole ready just in case. The dealer centered the wheel once this summer and I have to take a look again when we take it out next week because it's definitely not centered and that throws me a bit when backing in.
  11. watson524

    Need extra strap for cockpit cover to arch top

    Sorry to see the pool of water. It would annoy me too. I hate when the cover gets stretched like that. Definitely see in the back where you could use another pole. We don't get flat because of the "v" in the seat since it's forward and rear facing but then our issue I think is some runs forward, some runs back and without that pole where we need it, we get water probably a bit further forward than you do. It doesn't always happen but let's face it, this summer has just been stupid wet with DAYS of rain at a time. P.S. I'm jealous of the width of your slip
  12. watson524

    Need extra strap for cockpit cover to arch top

    Ok I thought I was seeing something in the picture and they just gave you some random length between 26 and 48" LOL
  13. watson524

    Need extra strap for cockpit cover to arch top

    Yeah, i'd have to see where I need the bend. I feel like in any "stock" poles it would be right about in the overlap of the inside/outside tube.
  14. watson524

    Need extra strap for cockpit cover to arch top

    At least it's a good off season project since we won't use the bow/cockpit for storage so I can get it moved and get them sprayed with the 303 I normally use (didn't treat them this season since they were factory new).
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