In past years, I had my boat shrink wrapped over the winter, and of course that did a great job keeping the boat dry. I suspect it did this not just because it was great at keeping precipitation out, but it also acted a bit like a green house, even though it had vents. Best of all, sunlight would come through and charge the batteries on the Nicro solar vents, and they would turn all winter.
Anyhow, I was at a boat show over Columbus Day weekend and there was a vendor offering a killer deal on custom made canvas covers. It should be paid for after just under 4 years of shrink wrapping. Its warrantied for 10 years and should last even longer.
Now that I have it, I am having second thoughts, although I am stuck with it. The cover seems like it will work reasonably well, but here are my concerns. Comments are greatly appreciated, thank you!
- It only comes down to the toe rail because my topsides are AWL Grip painted. So there is a small, about an inch, of space between the toe rail and the cover.
- It is dark, so no joy on the solar vents. Without air flow in the cabin, will condensation and therefore mold develop? Should I leave the companion way and front hatch open? There is no power available, so I can not heat the cabin even a small bit.
- The stansion bases are left exposed. So, I am worried water will seep in, freeze and do damage. Although they are bedded.
Pictures are here:
Great progress with the cover | Jim's Scampi 30 MK-IV Site - Helios