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Up here in on the LI Sound the going rate for a Shrink Wrap and frame is about $450-$700 for a 36'' sailboat from most marinas. Not cheap but these are well made with tight contruction, wood ribbed frame with vents and zippered access doors. So after 4-5 seasons it has paid for itself. (though doing the heat gun and shrink wrap yourself would make it much cheaper....though the amount of work/time = money would go up)
If you are talking about regular plastic covers, then most plastic covers that I have seen are blue tarp material or other heavy duty plastics and I have yet to see more than 10% of them make it through a winter up here without rippin, tearing or basically shreading to peices from the winter winds. The problem is,no matter how hard you try. they are not snug against the boat and sooner or later the wind will get underneath them or in the gaps & start thier demise. And thats not even counting the snow, ice or freezing rain.
So if you have a $100k to $200k investment in a new boat the $2k-$3k price is good insurance especially when it comes to resale time. There is *definitely* a difference in the way a 10 year old boat looks when it has been covered by a nice winter cover and you can easily get back the $2k when it comes time for resale.
If I had an older less expensive boat (like my last boat) then I am pretty sure I wouldn''t go that route though.
ps....forgot to mention that these nice covers along with a little electric heat turn your boat into a nice little warm tent that you can work on your boat in.....even in the middle of these winters.