I cheated in making the framework for my boat. The Telstar 28 has a mast raising system that lowers the mast and leaves it sitting about a foot above the deck. I built plywood beams that sit on the mast and then used 2x4's to connect the tops of the vertical beams as a ridgepole.
Then I threw a big tarp over the whole thing.
There are three pairs of ratchet straps acting as guys to hold the ridgepole on center.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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