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Re: Winter Storage Covers

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The issue with the cloth covers in the North East USA, is that snow can accumulate on them, and lead to other issues. Last year in the North East it would not have been a problem, however this year it would have been.

I reluctantly shelled out the $1250 (this year) to marina, to have it done. Next year, if I can't convince the wife to spend the winter in Florida, I will probably use the silver tarp method described above.

If my boat were anyware south of where more than 6" of snow can fall, I would invest in a Fairclough cover.
I have a Fairclough cover and it has handled every snowstorm the Northeast has thrown at it for the last 4 years without any problem, and it still looks like new. This has included some massive and heavy snowstorms, including the "snowmageddon" storm and several plus-12 inch storms. They are expensive and a fair bit of work to put up and take down, and for service they are a pain to deal with, but the covers are very, very solid and handle snow no problem. Mine is a full cover -- I would think the boom tent style ones would not handle the snow so well.
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Re: Winter Storage Covers

My boat winters in the water. The first winter I used heavy duty tarps and all... not the best solution. AT the boat show we saw boat covers... and bought from one that hit all the right notes: durable stitching, functional features, robust zippers, easy access from port or stbd, and unbeatable warranty.

After two winters the cover is paid for in shrink wrap dollars, works beautiful. Yeah, the cover is worth more than the hull it protects, but never mind that. Ours is the economical toe rail cover, there has been no need to anchor with ballasted jugs over the side or tie under the hull (harder with our twin keeler). Catch them at a boat show, get the show discount, and you'll have a new cover for next season. I see no reason why this won't last a solid ten or more years.

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Re: Winter Storage Covers

I agree with Plumbean. I've got a full Fairclough cover that's 10 years old and has handled everything Old Man Winter has thrown at it. I'd say, next to the boat itself, it's the best money I've spent in the last 20 years.
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