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Old 10-02-2012
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re: Shrink Wrap and mast removal

I'm with Dave in that shrink wrapping = wasteful and expensive. Why not pull the mast, build some crutches for it that will support it over the cabin and drape tarps over that? Simple and reusable if it survives the winter.

It sounds to me as though you are thinking of shrink wrapping your own boat?

Typically the "pros" will make a frame from 1"x 3" which bends nicely without cracking. One arc goes from the bow to the mast and another arc reaches the mast from the stern with both tied off at the mast (if it is up). Some support legs are set up and the rest is shaped by using straps tied off. Carpet remnants secured with duct tape serve to protect the boat from the frame elements and the shrink wrap from pointy objects on the boat (life line stanchions). You could make the frame without the mast in place; it will just need more supporting members. Then you heat shrink the plastic over the frame and throw it all away in the spring.
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