Best material for covering a restored wood baot

by Tim vanderveen
(Poway ca)

Have restored a 1932 Hacker. 12+ coats of varnish. The current HackerCraft mfg recommends Surelast for a boat cover. I have a new Sunbrella but they recommend against it. Say it will scratch the varnish and not breath well. The cover will only be on about 20 days per year when the boat is at the lake, and in covered storage the rest of the time. Interested in your recommendations. Thanks

Surlast is non-abrasive for your beautiful Hacker, but not really considered breathable per say.
It was a 3 year warranty as opposed to
a 5 year.
If your worried about scratching, it might be a good bet.
I haven't had any problem with sunbrella causing scratching, but then I can honestly say that I don't have any data on that kind of restoration work and fabric abrasion.
You might check out Aqualon, for another coated polyester with a 5 year warranty and Weathermax light for a breathable 3 year fabric.
Maybe you could use your brand new sunbrella cover and keep a close eye out or any sign's of scratching.
I had a sunbrella cover on a Hackercraft reproduction here once upon a time and never heard the first complaint.
Sorry I can't be more definative than that on what the best boat cover material is for your Hacker.

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