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Identify Manufacturer of this Cover

What are your thoughts on a full cover like this? I might be leaving my boat on the hard for five months in the Florida summer sun. I don't see very many of these so maybe it's prohibitively expensive. However this looks like a nice one. Can anyone identify the manufacturer? I don't have a bigger picture as this came off YachtWorld.
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Custom boat covers are made by local canvas shops. I had one once on a 30 wood boat. They do keep the boat clean and protect the woodwork and plastics. There can be condensation/ventilation issues with them so you need to be careful. They are also expensive, I would guess the one in your picture would cost $7-10k or more. They are also a pain to put on, remove, fold, and store.

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Can anyone identify the manufacturer? I don't have a bigger picture as this came off YachtWorld.
Fairclough Sailmakers in New Haven, CT. We have one for our Crealock 31. It's lasted 20 years or so and aside from some patches where we didn't protect it from sharper corners is still in pretty decent shape. We do have to replace a couple zippers, but considering its age I think that's to be expected. We're considering getting a new one, but will likely get at least a couple more years out of the one we have. We did get an estimate for a new cover this spring for about $2,650. (framing might be extra) They can make them for dry or wet storage, and optional for mast stepped / unstepped.

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ps. It takes my wife and I about 2 -3 hours to install the framing and cover, and less than an hour to take it apart.
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If you have an awlgrip finish then I suggest not having the canvas go beyond the toe rail. I believe it is recommended to remove the cover during the summer months. I work on our boat in the winter on Nantucket and it is very warm inside. I could not imagine how hot it would be in Florida during the summer and/or what damage might occur but at the very least verify with the manufacturer.
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Thanks everyone. I'll be contacting Fairclough to see what they suggest.

I just spent the last two weeks removing finish down to the bare teak and will be laying on about ten coats of Epifanes. I just can't imagine going through that exercise again soon - that's why I'm thinking cover but maybe they have a better solution.
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Good points. We are in RI and usually put the cover on in late November or December and have it off again in April. There are some ventilation cups, but I'm sure it would be very hot inside during summer months in FL.
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