Minnewaska, no offense, but you're totally out of touch with the average sailboat owner with a 30+ year old boat. In another thread you cite turning off the ice maker as a reason to stop sailing for the season. And, hey, that's cool, but you gotta realize how silly you sound recommending a $5000 custom made cover to someone debating whether he should DIY or pay the yard $200 for a shrinkwrap job.
I will take your word for it, but the ice maker comment was made in jest in that thread (with smiley) and you used it to make a criticism. Seems intended to be offensive.
This isn't the first boat I've ever know to be winterized. If I'm out of touch, it's with getting a 30 ft boat shrink wrapped for $200. I just checked our yard rates. Estimating square footage, it would push a grand for a 30 ft boat, whether your boat is 30 days or 30 years old. If I spent 6k on a cover, I would expect a 30 ft boat to be around 3 grand. If a bit more, my suggested math still works pretty close. No way, if mine was 6k, a 30 foot boat would be 5k.
If one doesn't have the cash, I understand. However, the cheaper method will be more expensive in the long run around here. Maybe not where you get it done for $200 all in. I have to say, that seems too good to be true, if it includes install, removal, recycling, etc.