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Re: Winter storage
IF the angle is actually steep enough to shed rain/snow, then it will be fine. The problem usually is that the angle between the mast and the lifelines isn't steep enough, rain or snow builds up, and the stanchions either rip through the tarp, or the weight of accumulated water rips the stanchion off the deck.
So again, IF the angle is steep enough, or IF the tarp is pulled very tight (and tied down every which way so that it won't loosen through the months of blustery winter weather), then it will be fine.