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DrB 02-22-2014 03:09 PM

My Fairclough Cover Failed
 
Had the cover for 4 winters and this year, although not a ton of snow, 3 out of the 6 pairs of frame legs collapsed under the weight of snow. Frustrating because the guy next to me has a one and his held up.

Minnewaska 02-22-2014 03:53 PM

Re: My Fairclough Cover Failed
 
You mean the metal tubing? That's surprising, I would think I could park a car on ours. Did it bend or break at a connection?

DrB 02-22-2014 03:57 PM

Metal tubing
 
Where the bendis from the upper section to the side section. All 6 kinked at the bend. My guess is the once one went, the rest went

Minnewaska 02-22-2014 04:03 PM

Re: My Fairclough Cover Failed
 
That really stinks, have you called them? I've always found them to be very helpful, so I'll be curious what they do about it? In theory, the pitch of the side should not hold enough snow to weigh that much. I guess there is heavy snow and light snow. Sorry for your trouble.

Maine Sail 02-22-2014 05:43 PM

Re: My Fairclough Cover Failed
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by DrB (Post 1448170)
Had the cover for 4 winters and this year, although not a ton of snow, 3 out of the 6 pairs of frame legs collapsed under the weight of snow. Frustrating because the guy next to me has a one and his held up.

You did have the snow struts?

Minnewaska 02-22-2014 06:17 PM

Re: My Fairclough Cover Failed
 
MS, what do you mean by snow struts? The 1x2 longitudinal fir strips?

There should be two rows of them. I had an installer use only one row a couple of years back and made them do it over.

Maine Sail 02-22-2014 06:34 PM

Re: My Fairclough Cover Failed
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Minnewaska (Post 1448754)
MS, what do you mean by snow struts? The 1x2 longitudinal fir strips?

There should be two rows of them. I had an installer use only one row a couple of years back and made them do it over.

No they are additional braces for heavy snow load areas... If you are not busting snow off a Fairclough after each storm then you really better have the snow struts... Even then these covers need to have the snow removed so the don't collapse..

I have some pics somewhere I can upload..

Not my pic but it shows the struts..

http://c34.org/bbs/index.php?action=...2.0;attach=937

DrB 02-22-2014 06:44 PM

No snow struts.
 
I follow the video on how to install and instructions booklet that came with kit. My boat is in MA and when I bought the cover that is where the boat was located and cover delivered. If I needed a snow strut, they should have advised.

Maine Sail 02-22-2014 07:09 PM

Re: No snow struts.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by DrB (Post 1448850)
I follow the video on how to install and instructions booklet that came with kit. My boat is in MA and when I bought the cover that is where the boat was located and cover delivered. If I needed a snow strut, they should have advised.

They are an option..

Minnewaska 02-22-2014 07:12 PM

Re: My Fairclough Cover Failed
 
Interesting. I've never heard of them, nor did the sales folks at Fairclough ever mention them.


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