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rpearlberg 11-01-2010 03:23 PM

Winter Storage Cover
Looking for suggestions on a cover for winter storage. Pearson 303 will be stored on land.

Quotes I've gotten so far:

One time use shrink wrap $630
Boom/deck cover $1,700
Full vessel cover with frame $3,325

Any advice or best places to buy one? Custom made?

sailingdog 11-01-2010 03:37 PM

It would help a lot if you said where you were located. Different areas of the country will have different vendors, etc. If you can afford the full vessel cover, I would recommend going with that.

rpearlberg 11-01-2010 04:26 PM

Sorry, located in Fairfield, CT.

ambianceack 11-01-2010 05:18 PM

I think your best bet is Faircloth (sp?) in New Haven. There canvas is durable. Sometimes the aluminum oxidizes and drips black on the decks making things a bit messy in the spring but it comes off with a little scrubing. If you have awlgrip do not let the canvas cover the paint, instead have it stop at the toe rail. The covers also have easy access points for winter projects and it stays relatively warm inside. Out boat is on nantucket and we can complete work all winter, if needed. Sometimes it takes that long. The initial investment is high but I'll bet you will easily get 10+ years from the cover if you take care of it, probalby a lifetime on the frame. If you go with the shrink wrap, besides filling up the landfill or trying to ship it for recycling you'll likely pay $7,000.00 over ten years. because the marina will likely increase its fees yearly. Good luck with your decision.

christyleigh 11-02-2010 07:00 AM


Originally Posted by ambianceack (Post 661561)
I think your best bet is Faircloth (sp?) in New Haven. There canvas is durable. Sometimes the aluminum oxidizes and drips black on the decks

Did Fairclough switch to aluminum poles ??? Mine from 2002 are galvanized steel and never drip anything.

tempest 11-02-2010 07:13 AM

Fairclough makes a nice cover, they have an option with their full cover for mast up or mast down. They will do the 1st installation.

JimsCAL 11-02-2010 07:19 AM

I know several boatowners that are happy with the boom tent type covers. Maybe not quite as good in heavy snow areas, but fine here in Long Island/Southern NE. You will probably have a tough time getting a custom cover made in time for this winter. May have to go the shrink wrap or trap route andn then order one for next year.

CalebD 11-02-2010 02:11 PM

2nd the tarp boom tent covering. Much cheaper and reusable (to a point).

Tanley 11-02-2010 05:59 PM

On a recommendation from a friend, we went with the over the toe rail cover from the Canvas Store. We ordered it last December and got a decent discount. I was a bit nervous at first as I had read one bad review prior to placing the order. Although it's only been one season, we couldn't be happier with the customer service or the product. No affiliation, just a satisfied customer.

My Website

(although the link says "My Website", it's actually the Canvas Store site)

By the way, here's a photo of the cover on a Pearson 33 if you're interested

Pearson 33 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Minnewaska 11-02-2010 07:48 PM

Going with full boat Fairclough cover over awlgrip topsides this winter. Installation is included for the first year. The frame is up now, the cover is being installed in a couple of weeks. They absolutely assured me that it would not affect the awlgrip. The fabric breaths and should not cause the problems that impervious covers might. Above note on dripping aluminum poles is the first I've heard the concern. The rubber feet on the frame poles sit on my teak side decks. They better not "drip".

I bought mine at the Newport boat show and got a 10% discount. The economics were breakeven to shrinkwrap in 3 yrs. However, that assumes you do the install, removal and storage yourself. I'm learning that may not be practical. Fairclough's cost for that will make the breakeven move much further out. Nevertheless, I think the system is much better for the boat and increases its value if you sell your boat, as the next owner inherits the custom cover. Shrink wrap is truly disposable.

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