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Uh, Jim? What are you placing the bungees through?

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Is anyone able to post photos of their homemade pvc or emt structures? I'm planning to design and construct something along those lines and cover it with heavy duty tarps. Advise on good or bad online tarp vendors is also welcome.

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I have three words for you regarding a cover for the North Shore (I'm guessing Cape Ann, MA)..

Pitch, pitch and more pitch! It is the single most important thing one must to in high snow load areas. The cover must be able to dump or spill the snow or it will collapse. We see quite a few of the gourmet custom made covers collapse because they don't have enough pitch to spill the snow..

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This is especially the case with WET NEW ENGLAND SNOW. The fluffy powdery stuff they get in Colorado isn't much of a problem, but the wet concrete like stuff we normally see in New England is a different story.

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I have three words for you regarding a cover for the North Shore (I'm guessing Cape Ann, MA)..

Pitch, pitch and more pitch! It is the single most important thing one must to in high snow load areas. The cover must be able to dump or spill the snow or it will collapse. We see quite a few of the gourmet custom made covers collapse because they don't have enough pitch to spill the snow..

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Photos may help..

Notice the pitch and the lack of snow...

Just two boats away on the same day. Less pitch more snow.

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Uh, Jim? What are you placing the bungees through?
Not certain of what you mean. If you mean using the super-ball method: You make up short pieces of line with loops at each end. One end gathers tarp under the super-ball and the other end you use to hook the bungee. (I'm thinking maybe a buntline hitch for under the ball and a bowline for the bungee end?) The bungee hooks to opposing lines on each side of the boat. I'd make the lines long enough so the hooks were below the water-line, so you wouldn't have to worry about the bungee hooks marring your hull. Use the good-quality adjustable bungees from Home Depot or Lowe's. We used inexpensive bungee cords from Harbor Freight last year and they'd lost all their elasticity by mid-winter.

My fellow club-member that does this uses about a half-dozen of these per side on his J36 and he claims that it keeps everything tight.

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Here in Northern NH,

I made a frame out of 1.5 inch PVC. I didn't glue anything, just used twine to lace it all together. Side walls were 45 degrees, plenty of room to move around underneath and survived marvelously through a big snow year.

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Welcome to the asylum PK...

These are the photos PK wanted to post. Looks good, but I don't see the twine.







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Thanks SailingDog!

If you look carefully, you can see the twine here
picasaweb.google.com/fongemie/StrippingToeRails#

We got so much snow last winter, and this cover turned out bombproof!

One small change I made mid winter, was to eliminate the 5 inch wide flat spot at the ridge by loosening up the tarp, and slipping a length of 2 inch pvc the length of the ridge, over the frame and under the tarp. That gave it a real peak and it sloughed snow just great.

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So, are those PVC pipes cemented together or just held in place by twine???

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Wow, those are some tall covers. Of course that was a lot of snow in the photo - I don't think we ever had that much here. Still, I wonder about the windage of cover like that.
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