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Re: Winter under a tarp
My 22 footer, I used a tarp. I built a make-shift frame, and it lasted the winter fine.
Bought my 25 footer, and the gentleman used an elaborate PVC pipe frame he built (I have all the pvc)... Honestly it worked fine, but the boat was full of pieces of tarp, and was harder to clean than my 22 footer.
I am fortunate, that I may have indoor storage this year for my boat... my opinion is the shrinkwrap is more a set it and forget it... Tarps work fine, but you cannot drape over stanchions, and you have to bring the tarp's angle up to slide the snow easily off. I think if you do the tarp, you should step the mast as well (if you can), and throw the boom on, bring the boom way up, and drape the tarp over that. It's you're best bet. Then if you can run ribs across the boom to deck it'll better support the tarp.
Just my worthless $0.02.
I hope I don't need to deal with that again this year, always was sad to see her under cover.
1983 WD Schock Wavelength 24. Production boat limit tester, blue-water bucket owner, with wine taste on a beer budget.