Join Date: May 2012
Location: Halifax, NS, Canada
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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.