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Re: What is the best way to Tarp a sailboat for winter

I have done both on the same boat BUT NOT at the same time

The LARGE flair in the J24 hull let me get away with NO tarp damage

The FLAT topsides Cal 29 would get the carp smacked out of it as a normal winter here will have several storms with LONG periods of time with 60 MPH winds
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Re: What is the best way to Tarp a sailboat for winter

Not exactly what you are looking for, I know, but these photos may give you some ideas.

These awnings were not designed for winter. We had them made in Hawaii and are typical of the set ups you find there to keep the sun and rain off and make a live-aboard more comfortable. But we now find ourselves in our fourth winter in snow conditions; our second winter in Alaska, and have learned they work very well in snow too.

The set consists of five pieces: one over the bow cut like a narrow triangle with the tip cut off, one large piece abaft the mast, and two smaller pieces enclosing the stern. We have had them up in winds over 40kts and with 18 inches of snow on the docks with no problem. They are made of Sunbrella secured with 3/16 polyester rope.

To be ideal for storage, they should be much lower and have some additional support for the main section but the cut would be similar. This set is fifteen years old (Photos taken Nov 2012) and is still in excellent condition.





Made to set lower, with the bottom flush with the deck instead of the lifelines and with a wooden frame with battens nailed on the outside, this arrangement would be about as bomb proof as you could hope for. Added benefit is that you could still easily get aboard to work in the cabin.
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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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Re: What is the best way to Tarp a sailboat for winter

Do you guys take out your batteries?
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Re: What is the best way to Tarp a sailboat for winter

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Do you guys take out your batteries?
I just read this article by Maine Sail: Effect of Winter on Battery Self Discharge Photo Gallery by Compass Marine at pbase.com

The gist seems to be that if a battery is 100% charged, just unhook it and leave it.
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Re: What is the best way to Tarp a sailboat for winter

OK - no expert here, no advance PhT degree, but this is the way I have done it on three different boats (T22, T28 and Irwin 34) for more than fifteen years. We live where it can get to more than -20 C and lots of snow and wind can happen: (masts for all our boats come down)

1 - we build a frame and put carpet or something where the tarp will rub







2 - we wrap it up and tie it down.







And, we check it on a regular basis.

Batteries stay in, cushions, sails, dodger etc come off.

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What is the best way to Tarp a sailboat for winter

I covered my Mirage 24 for the first time last year (about to do it again).
Having looked online I used a variation of the mast down system.
I made 3 braces to support the mast above the deck (level and high enough for airflow)
Then I bought a bunch of inexpensive PVC electrical conduit - zip tied it to the toe rail on one side bowed it over the mast and zip tied to the opposite toe rail (drilled holes through the conduit).
Then I loosely tied a good quality tarp over the boat, followed by a large section of fish net. The netting was pulled tight, kept the tarp in place and didnt wear. Protected the tarp with carpet sections where it would chafe.

Worked great. I'm in Nova Scotia and it shed snow well, withstood some serious windstorms. Boat was great in the spring.

I used an inexpensive plastic shipping wrap to hold thing together - keep carpet in place, secure shrouds etc.
Sorry - no handy pics.

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Re: What is the best way to Tarp a sailboat for winter

I see that the vast majority of people don't take their lifelines down. In the pictures anyways. The marina i used to store at everyone took their lifelines down. I always do. I moved my boat down the canal this year away from the snowbelt (250" yr). I know you would never shrink wrap a boat with lifelines up. I've seen what happens; can snap them right off. With the mast down on tall crutches what do you guys think about going over the lifelines with a tarp??
I always tarp so far. I finally bought a thick vinyl tarp 20 x 46 and custom cut and glued it myself. I got tired of buying a new HD poly tarp every year. The wind was ripping them apart. They were tied well by the way. I watched shrink wrap blown off as well. My old storage yard was wide open to the northwest winds. 60 miles of fetch.
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Re: What is the best way to Tarp a sailboat for winter

By the way; if i tied my boat in my previous marina as loose as some of the tarps i see in these pictures it would be gone in a week. You guys most have some protected storage areas.
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Re: What is the best way to Tarp a sailboat for winter

I've tarped mast up and mast down. It's a hell of a lot easier down.

When the mast was up I used two tarps with sawhorses out of 2x4's as necessary.

Build the frame high to shed the snow. Don't trust the grommets. Wrap the tarp around. Golf ball and wrap a slip knot around that.
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