Boat Cover Supports - Wood Bows or Slat Sockets
Good winter storage supports
For winter storage, I use the wood bows to support the cover of my 17' aluminum bass boat, in combination with a centerline strap support and pedestal seats. I don't use the slat sockets, since the bows brace up under the gunwales pretty firmly. Without the pedestal seats and centerline web support, though, I think I would need the slat sockets to help keep the bows in place.
The wood bows are narrower than I had expected, only about 1-1/2 inches wide. Also, the metal buckle that joins the two slats together leaves a sharp projection sticking upward into the cover, so you should wrap the buckle and the end of the upper slat (which also sticks up when installed) with a towel or foam wrap to keep from tearing the cover.
February 1, 2012
Save your Cover
Attwood sockets for cover support bows are the worst I have ever used. They are cheaply built and will not withstand any pressure from any type of bows.
In using Attwood sockets they have broken or bent and put holes in two of my $300.00 boat covers.
Save your cover and do not use these cheaply built sockets.
July 20, 2008
First Time Boat Cover Slats
Initially I had a problem figurung where to mount the slat sockets. After examining the slats and their mounting into the sockets, I realized that they needed to be mounted on the deck of my Bass boat to provide the arch I needed to mount the slats. Also I added lines forward and aft to stabilze the slats. Some instructions may have aided in the install. But... after the fact, they work great and I have cut my boat covering time in half compared to the way I used to do it.
April 21, 2011
Not so good
The wooden bows I purchased consisted of two bows and a metal devise of on which to adjust the length, which lacks good directions, after adjusting the bows to provide the correct arch for the cover you will realize there is nothing to protect the boat cover from scuffing the cover, also one of the bows will be sticking up due to the overlapping of the two bows and it also will scuff the cover.
November 6, 2012