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macwester26 03-22-2013 09:43 AM

Winter Storage Covers
 
Well as the title said Winter Storage covers.

What are the options for covers.
What do other members use.?

Any Pictures ...and anybody made there own..
Very intrested to see some.

Robert

deltaten 03-22-2013 10:02 AM

Re: Winter Storage Covers
 
I use the heavy, silver poly tarps. One is long enough to cover the aft end from the mast to over the rail and the other the bows. A straight 2X4 lashed to the boom to a prop astern and the same along the centerline to the pulpit. The tarps are just wide enough to make it to the toe rail or a little bit more. A friend put me on to the use of those yellow button type attachment point usually found at Harbor Freight. Just snap together wherever ya need a tie point and there ya go! :D. Inexpensive 1/4" nylon to tie to a bridle surrounding the keel and a few cheap ratchet straps to support like rafters from one side, over the boom/2X to the other. I simply draw the tarps around the mast and tie off so they lap enough to keep [most of the] water out.

This was the first winter for me; buy my buddy gets three or four years out of his tarps. For approx. $100, I get three years protection vs as much as $1000/yr to shrink wrap (estimate based on per foot cost for other boats polled). The blue poly tarps are not worth the trouble/cost as tey do not last a full season. Other than one or two hi-end PBs at my yard, I'm the only one covered. A sad state of brightwork and gel-coat abounds!

There's a certain pleasure associated with the Grand Spring uncovering. :D
https://www.dropbox.com/s/5bjwkhyamw...dnld%20192.jpg

benesailor 03-22-2013 10:19 AM

Re: Winter Storage Covers
 
Sorry, no pic. I use the heavy poly Hay tarps. I buy a 20' x 60' for $200 and they hold up well as long as i use foam pipe wrap and carpet padding where ever it may contact any kind of sharp edges. Thats the secret. Cover all kinds of edges. The wind will kill a tarp.
My mast is stored in a rack i built 5' above deck; this way i can drape the tarp like a big tent and tie it up tight. I do leave room for ventilation up front and have access in the back for access so i can do my routine work.

Super Sunshield Hay Tarps for Extreme Protection

I didn't buy from this place. Some hay tarps are better than others i have discovered.

Rhys05 03-22-2013 10:24 AM

Re: Winter Storage Covers
 
A barn works well as a winter covering... :D

JimMcGee 03-22-2013 10:36 AM

Re: Winter Storage Covers
 
I have a cover from Fairclough (fairclough.com). They're not cheap but they're extremely well made.

The original owner bought the cover in '95 and it's still in very good condition. I've seen a lot of shredded tarps after a good wind storm.

http://www.njlakefront.com/images/cover_sml.jpg

RobGallagher 03-22-2013 10:45 AM

Re: Winter Storage Covers
 
I have a cover similar to the one in JimMcgee's photo above. Very happy with it.

Even happier because I found mine used. It had only been used a couple of seasons and was made for a similar boat. Fits almost perfect and it cost me about a third of the price of a new one.

The previous owner had upgraded to the full enclosure made by the same company.

They wear like iron and can easily be repaired if some stitching does start to go. Much easier to secure than the old tarps I used in the past.

FinallySailing 03-22-2013 10:49 AM

Re: Winter Storage Covers
 
The first winter I covered "Rockhopper" with two tarps, one fore of the mast and one aft over the boom. Well, the one over the boom started to buckle in with the weight of snow. Water was the funnelled by the tarp (aka giant watercatcher) straight onto the cockpit from where it then made its way into the cabin, running into the aft berth. At the end I had a horrible stinky mess all over. :puke

Not used a cover since. I might one day get a cover that properly fits the boat or better a proper shelter, but they are big bucks !

Boat Shelter Titanium 3,5 x 10 x 3,5 x 4,5. Strong boat shelter for sale. Boat shelters PVC. - Dancovershop UK

macwester26 03-22-2013 10:50 AM

Re: Winter Storage Covers
 
I have a tent but only while it is being done up.

Well some sort of makeshift scaffolding with a few sides of old lorries curtain sides thrown over it.
But I am open to any sugestions on winter time covers. for next year..
Thanks everybody for the posts so far
Robert

macwester26 03-22-2013 10:55 AM

Re: Winter Storage Covers
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by FinallySailing (Post 1006170)
The first winter I covered "Rockhopper" with two tarps, one fore of the mast and one aft over the boom. Well, the one over the boom started to buckle in with the weight of snow. Water was the funnelled by the tarp (aka giant watercatcher) straight onto the cockpit from where it then made its way into the cabin, running into the aft berth. At the end I had a horrible stinky mess all over. :puke

Not used a cover since. I might one day get a cover that properly fits the boat or better a proper shelter, but they are big bucks !

Boat Shelter Titanium 3,5 x 10 x 3,5 x 4,5. Strong boat shelter for sale. Boat shelters PVC. - Dancovershop UK

I would not have one if the same thing happend to me either.
Sorry to hear the bad news...
I think the biggest problem with a tent is it has to be fixed to the ground somehow It's a wind thing...

Robert

deltaten 03-22-2013 11:09 AM

Re: Winter Storage Covers
 
FinallySailing;

That's why I put four ratchet straps under the tarp at assumed load positions. These were to prevent sag at strategic points *IF* snow loads became too great. Another point is to see to it that the hull is bow-high to keep water drained to the scuppers.
HTH,

Oh yes! A barn *is* nice...if ya have one handy ;) I've looked at the "portable garages" like the tent and frame that FS linked. Waaay too much $$ for the expected coverage... even on our side of the pond... and then there's the issue of permission and mounting!?

Paul


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