Originally Posted by Minnewaska
Interesting. I've never heard of them, nor did the sales folks at Fairclough ever mention them.
Up here I hardly see a Fairclough covered boat without them. Still even with the struts the covers are not intended to have snow sit on them... If you can't get to the boat to bust snow off them, then a shrink cover is often a better fit because, when well designed, snow simply won't stay on them..
Great covers but they are not intended to support snow loads long term especially when or if it gets wet or heavy... I have seen a fair number of Fairclough's collapse but it's rarely the fault of the cover.....
Here's a better picture of one of my customers boats:
Despite having the snow struts he also busts snow off after each storm.... This is very typical protocol for a Fairclough cover up here, but we get lots of snow and lots of wet heavy snow....
If you live in the snow belt...
*Buy & use the snow struts (they can certainly help)
*Bust the snow off after each storm
*Put the cover away bone dry and store it dry
Then, it will last 15-20+ years.....