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Re: My Fairclough Cover Failed

They keep ice and snow off the deck and out of cockpit drains, as well as relieve everything from UV damage. They breath much better than the more common shrink wrapping.

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Originally Posted by ilCigno View Post
Reading this tread, I was wondering why this 'Fairclough' cover is being used at all. Here in the Netherlands you don't see structures like this at all. I can see the logic if you're a liveaboard, but in all other situations it seems somewhat superfluous to me because a sailboat is usually quite watertight in itself for rain and snow. Could you explain to me why this type of cover is apparently so popular in the US?
I lived in The Netherlands for 3 years (The Hague and Eindhoven). The amount of snow that The Netherlands sees in 10 years is roughly equal to the amount of snow in a one to two storms here. This year in the Greater Boston, MA area we've had about 1.75 m of snow this season already. That much additional weight on the boat could cause the deck to fail, especially if it snows and then rains and then there are several partial thaw-freeze cycles. It's not the rain or the snow the that's the specific problem, it's the damage that can happen if any water that finds it's way into hairline cracks and gaps freezes, expands, and then causes the cracks to widen, which increases the potential for water migration into the deck core.
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Re: My Fairclough Cover Failed

OK, different weather conditions, different defence measurements. The amount of snow is indeed a lot more than we have over here and cockpit draining in snowy conditions is indeed a serious issue, over here also. UV conditions can also play a role. The 'deck collapsing under snow weight' however I find some somewhat less convincing to me. A deck should be able to withstand the dynamic force of tons of water by collapsing waves, so the static force of (a lot of) snow should be no real problem. But than again, I don't live in such an area, so I cannot judge on that. I suppose these tent covers have been developed based on experience - which still leads to improvements so I read.
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