farmer boy 2:38pm, 21 February 2011
Hi all, I have been quoted £780 for a new sprayhood with a grabrail.. includes all fittings and fixtures and VAT. I have read that people have been paying nearer £600. They say they made some sprayhoods for Butler Mouldings and have an accurate pattern hence no need to check the boat or measure it... they have asked if the lines to the cockpit are standard... I think they are - Neil - can you confirm from memory?

Is the price about right? Just seems a lot of money for a couple of stainless steel tubes and some canvas!

If I dont spend the money, will I wish I had the first time I get wet?

farmer boy 8 years ago
ps - anyone got a second hand one for sale?
Scott and Portia1386 8 years ago
Musto is a lot cheaper
farmer boy 8 years ago
Sorry - not familiar with Musto - do you have contact details?
rothwell_neil 8 years ago

Standard lines back to the cockpit.

Andrew Curry 8 years ago
I have a Garland hood i bought about 8 years ago. They are the best hood you will get for the Achilles. Does this price include fitting?
Andrew Curry Posted 8 years ago. Edited by Andrew Curry (member) 8 years ago
Here's a pic of a Garland hood

Spray dodgers were made by Martex marine for £80
farmer boy 8 years ago
I will have to fit it myself... so good value then? Looks like I shall have to bite the bullet and order it!
(Ta Neil)
Andrew Curry 8 years ago
They make a big differance but at £780 i would get the boat afloat 1st and see how you find it before spending that sort of money. They are not that easy to fit.
Amrum 9171Y 8 years ago
I paid £620 from Garland Sails exactly 2 years ago, but mine din't have a grabrail (plenty of photos on my photostream). Bill Garland himself did come and fit it (although he sold the business and is long retired), and that was included in the price, but as he's a member of my club, I guess i was lucky!

It does seem expensive, but I don't regret it. For cruising it makes a big difference, particularly when your on the mooring, it's raining and you've got the hatch open. I usually fold it flat when racing, but not if it's really rough, as it makes life much more comfortable, and doesn't seem to slow us much.
Andrew Curry 8 years ago
I paid around £500 about 8 years ago including postage to N Ireland.
Fitting took a bit of time to get the hood nice and tight.
busy home [deleted] 8 years ago
With out doubt the best looking spray hood for the Achilles,
I would go for his if I wanted another ,,
farmer boy 8 years ago
He has agreed a small (5%) discount so I shall order one.. just seems a lot when the boat and trailer only cost £2250! Such is life.....
busy home [deleted] 8 years ago
Goskars furling gear and jib cost more than I paid for Goskar and trailer.
Snoopy463 8 years ago
The Garland spray hood is worth it, i would say i doubt you'd need the grab rail. When we got the one for Snoopy we were thinking of getting one but gave it a try without and it doesn't really afect it by not having it.

here is a pic of the one on Snoopy

Hope this is of some use
farmer boy 8 years ago
Many thanks all... I have ordered it - he is sending some colour swatches ... should be ready in April...
rothwell_neil 8 years ago
Colour swatches eh, that will be for the wife to pick then? Take it the Barn conversion has stalled!
farmer boy 8 years ago
Yes! I have told her it is too wet to work on the house... not sure how long she will believe that!
rothwell_neil Posted 8 years ago. Edited by rothwell_neil (member) 8 years ago

Had a thought, when you fit those clutches in the right place you will need to have them both close together to use the winch. In which case you will not have standard lines back to the cockpit but will have 2 lines back through the single cutout closest to the centre of the boat next to the hatch.

As you can see on Norman's and my photo (I copied Norman!)

On Andrews hood this would be a single larger hole closest to the hatch.
farmer boy 8 years ago
Good thinking - I shall sort that out - thanks....
Eclipse 1 8 years ago
Garland quoted me £460 last october for an A24 sprayhood.....? - still have the e-mail.
farmer boy 8 years ago
That's what I call inflation!
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