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Are you sure you want to go OVER the lifelines? If your mast is 3' over the cabintop, and you go over the lifelines, you don't have much pitch and wet snow is likely to build up and pool. That puts a huge inward force on the stanchions, and will bend them unless you use an extensive bracing system to support both the cover and to brace the stanchions. Guess how I know this.
My current cover, made of cotton duck canvas, goes to just a few inches past the gunnels, and TO the stanchion bases. Works great.
On a side note, I see a lot of covers that cover most or all of the topsides. IMHO, winter isn't going to damage anyone's topsides, so why have all that extra material to have to deal with twice a year?
Another thing I was very glad I had done on my cover was to have YKK #10 zippers installed anywhere the cover had to be slit to accommodate the mast, a shroud, etc. If you're going to have your mast horizontal for a support, you probably eliminate all the "slits" in the cover. Still, if you have them make you a door, it's no big deal for them to install a zipper instead of your having to unlace a cord from a bunch of grommets to gain access.