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Check Your Winter Covers !

North East boaters may want to check on their winter covers.

I went to the boat yard yesterday and saw the following after a wet heavy snow..




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Wow!

And when that snow melts, it won't be able to run out the deck and cockpit scuppers. Instead, it will remain pooled on the tarps. That's a lot of weight.

I guess like everything else, "winter" is a relative thing. That amount of snow, though not unheard of, is a rarity in Chesapeake country.
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Wow!

And when that snow melts, it won't be able to run out the deck and cockpit scuppers. Instead, it will remain pooled on the tarps. That's a lot of weight.

I guess like everything else, "winter" is a relative thing. That amount of snow, though not unheard of, is a rarity in Chesapeake country.
And that was only 8-10".... Interestingly not one single cover that was professionally shrink wrapped by my boat yard failed and they make up about 90% of the covers in the yard. There were eight "home made" that I counted failed and one professionally built canvas cover..

I'm sure some of those boats now have broken or bent stanchions or worse. Covering a boat up here should not be an after thought.
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Ugh. Similar scene in our boat yard. I'll remind myself to look at these pix next year when I wince at spending a disposable $350+ on shrink wrapping. It's clearly a case of pay it now or pay (usually more) later. Peace of mind is worth a bunch, too.
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I've seen, and played a part in that movie even down in RI a few years ago where Heavy and Wet is mostly what we get. After crawling around on my deck doing ??? lb squat thrusts for an hour to get the stuff off of my home built I decided to go with a Fairclough the next year. Now I have modified that old frame to my current boat and do my own shrink wrap but my less than professional job still gives me some buildup to deal with occasionally
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Now I have modified that old frame to my current boat and do my own shrink wrap but my less than professional job still gives me some buildup to deal with occasionally
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Why not spray the cover with silicone spray or pam to help the snow slide off??
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