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Thanks for the detailed reply. I'd add that you might want to dip or spray the ends of the galvinized EMT conduit, as the ends are cut and no galvanization protects the very ends of the conduit.

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Thanks for the reply; that's a great design. I was thinking of something similar for me this winter in PVC, but now I'll consider the EMT, although I would need a pipe bender.
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I do not cover my boat. I think it should not be in a bagie. I vent the boat as much as I can. Why seal in all that damp air. I see all the power boats with bad stringers , I wonder if thats what caused the problem. I go on my boat and open it up on nice days and air it out. I am retired so I have the time. I have a old 1977 bristol and no mildue.
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Here's a link for doing the "tent" in PVC. Lighter, no rust, won't kink like metal, will withstand bending, easier to make, and cheaper.
www.bosunsupplies.com/Cover.cfm
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Thanks for the reply; that's a great design. I was thinking of something similar for me this winter in PVC, but now I'll consider the EMT, although I would need a pipe bender.
If you don't have one, HD has them for about $39 link

A handle is included, just not shown in the picture.


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I was able to store my boat inside a warehouse for the last three years, but this winter they really raised their prices so I resorted to shrink wrapping. A good friend of mine who owns a marine business did the job and he added a zippered door. It's been wrapped for about 6 weeks now and I've been on it a few times and it seems great. I would really not worry about heat from the guns (unless the person installing it is an imbasil) because the heat generated by the sun on hot summer days cooking your boat is a lot worse than what there heat guns will do unless they intend to do damage. If the plastic has been overheated it will clearly show because the plastic shows a little brown and thins.

I'm sold on it right now and did it based on the recommendations of numerous friends who have had it done every winter.

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It's important to point out that professional shrinkwrappers protect their reputation, and future business, by addressing any potential damage to boats - before they occur. Our shrinkwrapper installed 8 proprietary vents through the membrane, ensuring adequate air flow and release of built up moisture.

If I hadn't provided a custom frame for cover support (important up north due to snow build-up), they would have done so - at an additional cost to me. We of course, also have a zippered access door - reusable for up to 3-4 years, before the zipper gives way - another cost saver.

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Thanks sailors. I just returned back from wrapping her up today. I ended up using some cheap tarps this year. Maybe by next fall I can have may frame built for a shrink wrap. Thanks for all the input.
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Can someone explain what is shrink wrap?

TB what was the metal thing on your boat??? Decided she looks better as a party tent?
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Giu...shrink wrap is big sheets of thin platic that are used here to protect boats hauled out in northern winter climates. That's the "wrap" part. A heat gun is used to shrink the platic to fit tightly on the boat so no gaps exist and it doesn't flap in the wind.
Sometimes people get sealed into their boats and we don't find them till springtime!
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