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Re: Winter Storage Covers

Paul, great idea with the ratchet straps ! I might just dare to cover my boat up once again .
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How about making your own? $30 video from sailrite.
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Re: Winter Storage Covers

Silver tarp with a frame made of electrical conduit

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Re: Winter Storage Covers

I can get my winter cover and all its supports into the trunk of my old Saab. That wasn't always the case. I use a 30X20 white poly tarp. The white tarp lets a lot of light in. I shock cord all grommets. I use pipe insulation on hard spots. The ridge is a piece of 1/4" Amsteel that runs from the bow chain plate, over the end of one of my spreaders that sits just aft of the anchor locker hatch (both spreaders are off the mast and the mast is on a rack off the boat). The spreaders are "mounted to 6x6 with a 2x8 base using pipe clamps. The other spreader is centered at the stern rail. I have a strong,4 bolt,well backed, pad eye on the cockpit coaming, centered. It provides the purchase for the back stay adjuster. A third support is a piece of 1" sch. 40 aluminum pipe with a pvc T sitting on it that is aft of the mast step. It is also supported by a 6x6. The Amsteel runs through the T, back over the end of the other spreader, through the pad eye and to a sheet winch. When I tighten the Amsteel using the winch it gets quite taught. I played with the height of the middle pipe to give me enough space in the cockpit under the tarp. This winter has been a good test and it has served just the way I had hoped. No frames, no shrink wrap. I have other boats I cover and buy shock cord by the spool. 3 pieces of 6x6, a tarp, a 40' piece of 1/4" Amsteel and a 5' section of aluminum pipe. A small bag of foam and it all goes into the trunk.





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Re: Winter Storage Covers

Full cover.

Custom made, about 3k
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Re: Winter Storage Covers

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How about making your own? $30 video from sailrite.
I'm looking at making my own. Not looking at getting Sailrite's video but I did get one of their machines.

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Custom made, about 3k
That looks about the color I'm looking at making my hatch/mailsail covers. Looks a lot like what I was planning for my own cover. Looks good. I need something to protect the wood on my boat.
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Full cover.

Custom made, about 3k
I like the look of this as water is diverted around the fittings and off the boat.

I was thinking along the same lines. Even before i saw this fantastic image..
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Re: Winter Storage Covers

I used two tarps. Little hard to see the whole setup in the picture below, but that's all I got. I put these on last fall and through 80+ inches of snow this season, a few large wind events, it looks the same as it did when I first them them on. Plus, plenty of airflow going through.

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Custom made, about 3k
May I ask who made this cover?
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Re: Winter Storage Covers

I don't know if this will help you in the UK, but I made a frame using metal electrical conduit. You can find the ridge pole fittings on the web to provide for the athwartship braces. I went with white "Ultra Kover" material which was fabricated to exactly my size specifications. This cover has survived 4 winters in Maine, and the cost was very reasonable (here again - cost in US). To secure the cover, I used the "Kover Klips" from the same source. These clips function on a dovetail principle, and they are fabulous!

Here is the link: Kover Klamps - Kover Klip Video

No connection to this company - just a satisfied customer. Oh - and I can't stand shrink wrap - it is an ecological disaster, and it only gets used once!
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