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Boom tents- Show 'em here.

Winter's coming. Not all of us want to/can afford to haul or shrink-wrap.

I'm building a frame over the cockpit made of flexible electric conduit. A gray poly plastic stuff. I'll tie a covering to the frame. The goal is to make the slope sharp enough that snow will slide off, rather than pile on.

I don't have an aluminum slotted toe rail, so afixing the bases of the frame to the boat will be a minor challenge.

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Re: Boom tents- Show 'em here.

Sorry I don't have any pics to share but I use to do the same with my Newport 33. I used 1/2" NMC (plastic) conduit as bows that went side to side and into a 2 x with a hole to receive the end, then 3/4" as a ridge under neath and zip tied/ duct tap at each hoop. The only problem was and I corrected was the rack for and aft. Lines down to cleats helped a lot.
Also did one yr with 3/4 PVC water piping rigid with angle connectors and legs tied to the stanchions. That also worked well.

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Re: Boom tents- Show 'em here.

I used the electrical conduit also. I just bent it into an arch and tied it to the rail then to the boom or spinn pole to keep it in place. Tarp was already in place so the tubing pushed the tarp outward. Worked great last year....but a verrrry mild winter in Maryland.

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Re: Boom tents- Show 'em here.

I've been using the plastic grey conduit for the arches many years now. I used to build a solid centre ridge spine using wood (2"x2"), and attache the conduit to that. A few years ago I started using 3/8" line as my spine instead. I've found this to be superior in that it allows the whole structure to be solid, yet quite flexible. It bends with the wind, dislodging any accumulated snow, and reducing the pressure on the fabric (cheap plastic tarp).
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Custom cover

note it goes over the cap rail - saves the teak work
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Can't you just clamp it to your stanchions somehow? Maybe hose clamp or 'U' bolts to the outside of your stanchions, then drap the cover over?
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Re: Boom tents- Show 'em here.

I used elec conduit and found it a bit flexy. I put a 90 degree fitting at the peak and a 45 on the sides. The sharper peak kept snow from building on top. The conduit was flexy enough that I had to add a lot of support with rope (between ribs, etc.). Not a very good picture attached.
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Re: Boom tents- Show 'em here.

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Can't you just clamp it to your stanchions somehow? Maybe hose clamp or 'U' bolts to the outside of your stanchions, then drap the cover over?
You could but I don't think you'd want to. It tends to bend the stanchions.
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Re: Boom tents- Show 'em here.

Great responses guys. I hadn't thought of using a 2X2 (or 2X4) on the decks as the anchor point for the poles, nor had I considered elbows to give a sharper peak vs. just bending the conduit.

What's a good tarp material that isn't too expensive? I want something better than the blue poly tarp.
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Re: Boom tents- Show 'em here.

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Great responses guys. I hadn't thought of using a 2X2 (or 2X4) on the decks as the anchor point for the poles, nor had I considered elbows to give a sharper peak vs. just bending the conduit.

What's a good tarp material that isn't too expensive? I want something better than the blue poly tarp.
You might consider looking at trucking tarp suppliers online. Tarps made to cover wood stacks on a flatbed trailer are typical 18 oz. vinyl and hold up to highway speed winds day in and day out and have a lot of tie down points.
Here is just one of may suppliers Lumber Tarps - Heavy Duty Lumber Tarps Low Prices - Atlanta Georgia
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