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Sorry for problems some have had but I've had a Canvas Store cover for the last 4 years. I had to have it recut as it didn't fit properly over the arch since my 44' sailboat is a semi-custom design.

For $3000 it's a good value, it comes down to the toerail and doesn't cover the Awlgrip hull which could cause blisters.

There are several others at the marina who have one and are pleased. Steve comes down to the marina and takes measurements for unusual designs.

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where did you get the boom tent?

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If it helps, here is a pic of my boom tent. It can be extended to cover the entire boat but serves little purpose to my mind to do that.
Clearly you have not experienced a North East winter with an uncovered boat.. Condensation is the enemy and you need to be covered up here! Trust me you don't want three feet of snow sitting directly on the deck..

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Well for the last 16 years I have stored my boat outside on Long Is. NY. I have a boom tent similar to the k1vsk one. My last one was too rotten to repair after last winter, so Jack Wedekind of Port Jefferson, NY is building me a new one for (estimated) $1200. The boat being covered is a 1972 Allied Mistress 39 and the tent just covers the (center) cockpit area with the cabin to the main mast forward and the aft cabin to the mizzen covered.
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Clearly you have not experienced a North East winter with an uncovered boat.. Condensation is the enemy and you need to be covered up here! Trust me you don't want three feet of snow sitting directly on the deck..
Why would anyone say something like that implying I don't know what I'm talking about?
I've lived in New England for 61 years (so far), most of which as a boater, so I am not "clear" how I can not "clearly" have any experience... Perhaps you can see the snow in the picture?

Back to the issue -

the boom tent shown has a connector to cover the deck fwd but with the dinghy there, the surface area remaining is negligible and in 40+ years (with various boats), so far, so good... no damage from condensation or anything else and, in this case, the deck (non skid) is Awlgrip, as is the topside, so I am particularly keen on proper covering.

As a practical matter, it is quite difficult to completely insulate a boat from moisture as thoroughly enclosing it so as to preclude ventilation only serves to promote condensation, both within the boat as well as it's exterior. The Awlgrip serves to complicate the equation as it is essential it has ventilation space.

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k1vsk,
where did you get the boom tent?

Not sure if this helps but I had Doyle Sails make it - $1500 in 2001 for the main piece and a few hundred for the extension (I used only once). No clue what today's market would bear but it doesn't hurt to shop around. They are not that difficult to construct so the labor charge should still be reasonable and obviously the material is your choice.
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We almost bought a boat with a Fairclough cover -- am glad we didn't because of the complexity of set-up/take-down and the hassle of storing the framing.

We have a full winter cover that works in or out of the water, supported by the boom and halyards over the foredeck. We can walk around on deck under the cover, but up at the bow we have to stoop quite a bit. We have never had any issue with condensation.



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it wouldn't happen to be the doyle sails in e.g. rhode island?

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it wouldn't happen to be the doyle sails in e.g. rhode island?

Now that you ask, I looked in my boat files and it was Thurston (in RI)
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thanks,
i just had them price a dodger for me.

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