Originally Posted by bljones
Tarps are cheap, easy, reusable and quick to install.
Or just run naked. we don't tarp whiskeyjack any more, after a couple of winters worrying about snowload and bent stanchions, I wondered if the reward outpaced the risk. We now leave her uncovered for the winter, like most boats in our yard. mind you, we don't get the snowloads and freeze/thaw cycles that other areas get, which can be detrimental to an uncovered boat...
but Detroit is even more tropical than us.
FYI: The USS Constitution, a boat built over 200 years ago, is never covered, yet is located in Boston, MA., where we have full winter weather each year.
The only value I have ever noticed from covering a boat for the winter, is if it has an excellent wax job, then that is still looking good in the spring if you cover it. However the vast majority of boats do not have excellent wax jobs - at any time of the year - so skip the cover for winter, and wax it in the spring!