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With our larger sailboats, a support ridge would be helpful, what is shown won't work up here in Maine, need steepness for snow.
Agreed. I used to build a more elaborate frame but have settled on 4 'A' frames that support a continuous 2x6" ridge. Now on my second set of A's, I've learned it's pretty good at shedding snow.

Occasionally conditions will layer wet snow on one side and I have to go inside and push it off but the frame holds. That happens maybe once every year at most. It's never collapsed.

It goes up pretty quickly, keeps the boat bone dry and well ventilated, I can work under it, and tarps last 1 season for the cheapies, 2 for the mediums, and 3 for the best(I've settled on the mediums).

One plus with my old boat is that the bronze stantions slide out of bronze pockets bolted in the deck.


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Was thinking of building a PVC frame similar to yours for my small daysailer (22' loa/7' beam, but with pvc bases attached to a flange screwed into a wood square for stability. I thought I'd make A frames with 1 1/2" pvc poles connected by 90 degree t's and tie to the ridge for stability.

Sounds like you did not use bases, but support the ridge pole with the A frames, are the A frames tied onto the pole are connected with a T connector or something else to secure them?
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Sounds like you did not use bases, but support the ridge pole with the A frames, are the A frames tied onto the pole are connected with a T connector or something else to secure them?
Hi Stuart, just a pretty crude 1-1/2"x5" pocket cut into the tops of 4 A's that the 2x6 slides into.

Each A is secured at the two bases with plastic pipe strapping to a few convenient ties I've found that work on my boat. They do need to be anchored as I'm right on the harbor and we get some powerful winter winds.

For a smaller boat, you could use 1"x for all the parts. The top of the A also gets a gusset of plywood or piece of 1x scrap. The pocket can be cut in that as well.

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thanks Tom,

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Daysailer under frame/cover for winter

Good suggestions on this thread.

Our daysailer arrived on Friday, giving us a few hours on Saturday to build the frame and put the tarp on.

We did it successfully, held up after Saturday's snow (about 3") and very windy conditions.

Boatyard only a few blocks away, easy walk to check after the snow hit.

Thanks for all the suggestions and advice, wasn't able to upload a picture.

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