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Re: What is the best way to Tarp a sailboat for winter
Dropping the mast allows you to use inexpensive tarps instead of custom covers. Very easy with a gin pole on a 25 foot boat. May not be so simple on a 30 footer, especially if you have dual pairs of spreaders.
I get extra heavy duty tarps (9-11 mils thick), they're worth the extra premium and still inexpensive. They have a bolt rope to reinforce the grommets. I've gotten 3 winters out of them so far - might get a fourth, depending on how they look when I inspect them in a couple weeks.
Note that the pictures below were taken before I finished tying up the bow area:
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1998 Catalina 250WK Take Five (at Anchorage Marina, Essington, on the Delaware River)
1994 Mason 44 Firefly on loan from my BFF (West River, Galesville, MD)
1991 15' Trophy (Lake Wallenpaupack)
1985 14' Phantom (Lake Wallenpaupack)