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Winter storage

I need to store my S2 7.0 outside this winter, (Wisconsin). Is it acceptable to use the mast, laid on the deck, to suppport a tarp? I will have it supported in three places and the tarp will drape over the mast, the life lines and down to the trailer. The angle of the tarp is steep enough that snow should not accumulate. From what I have read, I must have one of the very few remaining 7.0's in existence and I am doing all I can to preserve it. Thanks for the help, I am sure I will be back with lots more questions. Carl
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Re: Winter storage

It should be ok. How do you like your S2?, I have an 8.0B
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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.
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Re: Winter storage

I would take the lifeline stanchions off. They will either rip thru the tarp or bend. Construct arches out of plastic electrical conduit. That will keep the tarp from sagging. Make sure the mast is well supported on both ends. Also support the spreaders. The disadvantage of having the mast on the boat, is that it is actually very hard to work on the mast that high in the air. It is much easier to have the mast on saw horses for work. In my case, next time I winter with the stick down it will not be on the boat.
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Re: Winter storage

I did this with my Capri 18 for several winters with no problems. I know the loads are much smaller.

The biggest issue I had was that I could not get the steep angle I wanted because the spreaders would stick out and I was worried they would get damaged. I got the angle as steep as I could and then used some old fence pickets as rafters to support the weight of the snow until I could go out and get the snow off with a broom. I did this after every real snowfall.

I had planned to remove the spreaders this year, but I sold the boat last spring and moved up.

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Re: Winter storage

This is what I do for my Irwin Citation 34. The stanchions do not come off (easily) and so the uprights are over the stanchions.



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