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Patented Design Incorporates Flexible Built-In Support Poles to Hold Shape


GLOVERSVILLE, NY - July 31, 2003 - Taylor Made Products has a solution to the age-old problem of rain water and other debris collecting on the outside surface of boat covers.


The new BoatGuard® Self-Supporting Technology (SST) Boat Covers incorporate a unique patented design with flexible support poles integrated into the fabric, so that the cover retains a firm convex surface allowing rain water to run right off, eliminating puddles.


The design is similar to that used in the Taylor Made FastBack boat tops, according to David Karpinski, vice president of sales and marketing. “The concept is derived from lightweight mountaineering tents, which use flexible poles to hold their dome shape under extremes of wind and weather.”


The shock-corded fiberglass support poles easily slide into heavy-duty pockets sewn into the fabric. Once installed, the poles stay in place. When removed, the poles fold down for easy storage.


There is no need for additional wooden supports or metal frames, since the BoatGuard SST covers are fully supported over the entire length of the boat.


The Legacy™ fabric used in the self-supporting covers is 100% marine grade pigment coated polyester. The lightweight and highly water-repellent fabric is durable, has extra UV protection additive and incorporates the patented BFX mold, mildew and algae fungi inhibitor.


The BoatGuard SST covers come in three sizes for boats 17-23 ft., in an attractive sand color.


Taylor Made Products, a member of the Taylor Made Group®, is one of the largest and most innovative suppliers of marine aftermarket products, including buoys, fenders, boat covers, bimini tops, dock products, flags, pennants and hardware.


Headquartered in Gloversville, NY, the Taylor Made Group, Inc. has 95 years of experience as one of the recreational marine industry’s largest, most diversified suppliers. The Taylor Made Group includes Taylor Made Products, Taylor Made Systems, Taylorbrite LLC, and Taylor Made Environmental. The Group operates 15 facilities in the United States, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, Italy, Australia and New Zealand. Employing more than 1,100 associates, its products are distributed through a worldwide distribution network.

Taylor Made Products’ Self-Supporting Boat Cover

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