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What is the best way to Tarp a sailboat for winter

Hello, First time sailor here, looking for advice w/pictures of how to properly Tarp my 30ft sailboat for the winter.....

Im assuming throwing one over the boom and another somehow over the bow. Ive heard of others taking one long tarp and cutting it, sliding it stern to bow... That didn't seem like a good idea because of the weight of snow... Im open to any ideas!!

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

One in the front, one in the back. The front one is supported by a 2x4, the back one goes over the boom. Use lines where necessary to add structure underneath. Some people build some pretty nifty PVC frames, but I found this to work great. Sorry I don't have a better picture but you get an idea of the front end. It's definitely not rocket science.

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

Im in Upstate NY, and thank you for the pictures!! That is exactly what i was thinking. But would the snow on the deck of the boat be an issue?? if i use two tarps one on the bow, one on the stern... there is a space near the mast.. is that an issue?
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Re: What is the best way to Tarp a sailboat for winter

Where the two tarps came together at the mast, I used short lengths of twine to tie the gromets together. There is a little space around the mast, I guess, but I had it pretty tight.

There are openings at both the back and front, a good thing in my view to let air flow through. The only idea is to keep snow/rain/ice/leaves from dropping directly down onto the boat and building up around the hardware, etc. Snow/rain slid right off my tarps all winter. Let's not forget these are boats, not some antique furniture, a little weather will not hurt them.

Also, I am in Vermont (this is in the Islands, actually, between VT and NY). Probably similar to your winters.
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Re: What is the best way to Tarp a sailboat for winter

Thank you for the advice!! Time to Winterize, Tarp and wait........Spring can't come soon enough!
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Re: What is the best way to Tarp a sailboat for winter

Here's one other picture which shows the beginning of installing the front tarp. You may be able to see how I rigged the 2x4. I basically went up with a couple pieces of wood, some twine, some duct tape, 2 tarps, and had at it....

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

It makes me cringe when someone near me on dry dock does their own tarp. 9 times out of 10 there will be more damage to their own boats and adjacent boats then it is worth, if you don't know what you are doing. Most of those tarps, the grommets are useless and will rip out, and the string I have seen used. Any movement of the tarp can cause wear and tear.
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Re: What is the best way to Tarp a sailboat for winter





The only downside of tarps is there hell on a hull with a good finish as the flapping during a winter blow can beat the carp out of the shine





Never under estimate the weight of one good snow storm when building the frame as we had 36" last winter on long Island in about 19 hours and even with that much pitch it was hard to stay ahead
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Re: What is the best way to Tarp a sailboat for winter

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It makes me cringe when someone near me on dry dock does their own tarp. 9 times out of 10 there will be more damage to their own boats and adjacent boats then it is worth, if you don't know what you are doing. Most of those tarps, the grommets are useless and will rip out, and the string I have seen used. Any movement of the tarp can cause wear and tear.
9 out of 10? Is that a scientific study?

What kind of specialized knowledge do you need to tarp your boat? Is there a degree, trade school, certification?

Mine looked the same in spring as it did in fall, and I'm certainly no boat-tarp expert.
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Re: What is the best way to Tarp a sailboat for winter

Tom, I'm confused. Did you tarp over shrinkwrap?
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