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This looks great. You seem to be in a very protected location and you can get away with it, and even have a great party on the boat. More power to you!

However, this would not work where my boat winters. We get regularly winter storms (just today 45 knots, often quite a bit more) and your frame (with plastic ribs, forcryingoutloud!) would not last 10 minutes.

Again, looks like it is perfectly suitable for your purposes but is not for everybody. I built a much lower (= much less windage) frame from 3/4" conduit (google Kover Klamps), fastened to the toe rails and covered with canvas (top gun). It can be used both on land and in the water.
Sounds like a great system you have.

My boat is exposed to the side with Northwest winds. We have withstood 40-50mph gusts this winter. The winds come down over the hill from Portland and then down the fairway between me and the condos which is about 1000ft. long. Steady winnds from other directions as high as 30.

The cover is built with very flexible materials so it will move a bit in the wind.
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Tim - I started a thread on your boat a few weeks ago. It has a link to your TV appearance:

"Bubble boat"?
Cool Rythmdoctor. Small world. I grew up in Ambler, PA and know your area quite well. I used to windsurf on lake Nockamixin outside Doylestown. Never sailed on Wallenpaupack but plenty of skiing in the area.
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No. I do not like metal frames. They are just as bad as metal winch handles. When dropped they leaves nice divets in the gelcoat.

It is a very simple design that I designed and built in less than a day with one helper. It is a 2x4 ridge pole with 2x4 supports every 8 ft. with an extra support over the cockpit. The ribs ar 3/4" pvc electrical conduit. It is so cheap that you could throw it away and re-buy it every year. The door frame is 2x4 frame with a 2x3 framed door also covered in shrinkwrap.

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When I was building the cover for my boat, I was thinking of using that same conduit. The other liveaboards at the marina strongly told me not to. Apparently it's plenty strong enough (we have had many storms with 45+kt winds), but it makes a horrible screeching noise as it flexes. One of my dockmates said he made the mistake of building his cover out of it one year and the noise nearly drove him insane. If you don't live aboard, then it's not really an issue though
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When I was building the cover for my boat, I was thinking of using that same conduit. The other liveaboards at the marina strongly told me not to. Apparently it's plenty strong enough (we have had many storms with 45+kt winds), but it makes a horrible screeching noise as it flexes. One of my dockmates said he made the mistake of building his cover out of it one year and the noise nearly drove him insane. If you don't live aboard, then it's not really an issue though
Hmm, no screeching here...except from the admiral!
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This thread just reinforces my belief that living up north is crazy...

It was 76ļ here yesterday
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Treilley-

Once the frame is built, where do you purchase the "shrinkwrap" plastic and how do you shrink it down over the frame? Heat? Tension? Some other way?

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Once the frame is built, where do you purchase the "shrinkwrap" plastic and how do you shrink it down over the frame? Heat? Tension? Some other way?

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You can use a torch, or preferably an industrial heat gun, which is a good deal safer, but not quite as convenient....
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Gosh, you guys got me thinking. Since it doesn't snow here and rain seems to clean the boat, I have no choice. I'll have to quit using my boat in the summer and wrap it up to prevent solar radiation damage. Thanks. Might as well put it in one of those parking lots to protect it from the possibilitiy of blisters when it's in the water too. Boy, isn't sailing more enjoyable when you don't have to worry about depreciation of your investment! Now all I have to do is figure out how to control the 30-40% drop in value do to the economy...Sorry I couldn't resist.
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Once the frame is built, where do you purchase the "shrinkwrap" plastic and how do you shrink it down over the frame? Heat? Tension? Some other way?

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Check out Dr. Shrink. They carry everything you need and cater to DIYers.
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This thread just reinforces my belief that living up north is crazy.
Yup.... it Sucks. And just in case you need a little more reinforcement .... here's my boat with a little 'hard water' around it.



I modified the Fairclough frame I had from a previous boat and shrink wrap myself. One of these days before I head South I might get good at it.... or maybe not....
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