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03-25-2013 05:12 PM
Hesper
Re: Winter Storage Covers

I agree with Plumbean. I've got a full Fairclough cover that's 10 years old and has handled everything Old Man Winter has thrown at it. I'd say, next to the boat itself, it's the best money I've spent in the last 20 years.
03-25-2013 10:41 AM
sterilecuckoo58
Re: Winter Storage Covers

My boat winters in the water. The first winter I used heavy duty tarps and all... not the best solution. AT the boat show we saw boat covers... and bought from one that hit all the right notes: durable stitching, functional features, robust zippers, easy access from port or stbd, and unbeatable warranty.

After two winters the cover is paid for in shrink wrap dollars, works beautiful. Yeah, the cover is worth more than the hull it protects, but never mind that. Ours is the economical toe rail cover, there has been no need to anchor with ballasted jugs over the side or tie under the hull (harder with our twin keeler). Catch them at a boat show, get the show discount, and you'll have a new cover for next season. I see no reason why this won't last a solid ten or more years.
03-25-2013 09:55 AM
Plumbean
Re: Winter Storage Covers

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Originally Posted by eherlihy View Post
The issue with the cloth covers in the North East USA, is that snow can accumulate on them, and lead to other issues. Last year in the North East it would not have been a problem, however this year it would have been.

I reluctantly shelled out the $1250 (this year) to marina, to have it done. Next year, if I can't convince the wife to spend the winter in Florida, I will probably use the silver tarp method described above.

If my boat were anyware south of where more than 6" of snow can fall, I would invest in a Fairclough cover.
I have a Fairclough cover and it has handled every snowstorm the Northeast has thrown at it for the last 4 years without any problem, and it still looks like new. This has included some massive and heavy snowstorms, including the "snowmageddon" storm and several plus-12 inch storms. They are expensive and a fair bit of work to put up and take down, and for service they are a pain to deal with, but the covers are very, very solid and handle snow no problem. Mine is a full cover -- I would think the boom tent style ones would not handle the snow so well.
03-24-2013 06:04 PM
downeast450
Re: Winter Storage Covers

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Originally Posted by fallard View Post
Meant to include this photo of my polyester canvas cover from thee inside.

Nice! That is a substantial cover. It looks good. You are correct about the height for shedding snow. The high peak I have with an Amsteel ridge line has done a superb job this year for me. It has been through serious wind loads and near record snow fall here on Mount Desert Island. With 1/4" shock cord laced under the hull and foam pipe T insulation on the tops if the stanchions there was, even and adjustable, tension on the poly tarp. Not too tight! The pitch combined with the wind shed snow well. It was an experiment. It went on quickly. I cover it by myself. I wanted to get rid of all the "stuff" I used to store and manage for covering the boat. The "old" ridge and frame are history. I tied each of the 3 vertical supports to opposite stanchions to prevent them from shifting sideways. We had several storms with gale force winds and hurricane force gusts. I have decided the experiment worked. It was inexpensive, to boot! I can expect at least three years from the tarp @ $50.00. Using shock cord on every grommet preserves them. I do love Amsteel.

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03-24-2013 04:06 PM
fallard
Re: Winter Storage Covers

Meant to include this photo of my polyester canvas cover from thee inside.

03-24-2013 04:05 PM
fallard
Re: Winter Storage Covers

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Originally Posted by eherlihy View Post
MainSail paid $700/yr in 2008 for a boat in a similar size range to my sailboat. Allowing for inflation, my 1996 canvas cover (including the frame) would have cost $4400 in 2008 dollars. I've had it for 16 years without a collapse--although I'm admittedly not in Maine! Shrink wrap would have cost me over $11K in that time frame if done like MainSail's.

Having a steep enough slope is a key here, as well as some way to offload the lifelines. My frame has arches at close intervals and a stringer halfway from the ridgepole to the lifelines. The ridgepole is supported vertically at close intervals. In a heavy snow load, there is enough sagging that the lifelines will take some of the load, but the stanchions are backed up by the arches. This works in SE Connecticut, where we get wet snows often enough. Not saying this slope or the frame design is suitable for Maine.

I have seen the downside of shrinkwrap on painted hulls in my yard, so canvas makes a lot of sense if you like a bubble-free hull.
03-24-2013 03:46 PM
chucklesR
Re: Winter Storage Covers

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Originally Posted by zeilfanaat View Post
May I ask who made this cover?
I'll have to look it up - it came with the boat that I JUST closed on yesterday (3/23/13)
03-24-2013 01:34 PM
eherlihy
Re: Winter Storage Covers

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Originally Posted by fallard View Post
A heavy, wet snow is a problem for any kind of cover. That said, I have two boats with fitted covers over electrical conduit frames. They were made by a local canvas shop.

The polyester canvas cover is 16 years old and survived the 2' snowfall during the Northeaster blizzard this year. That was the worst snowfall here in southern NE that I've experienced in my long memory with respect to weight and difficulty in removal. My 12-13 yr old cotton canvas (same as used by Fairclough) also survived.

Any replacements will be by--or equivalent to--Fairclough, using the treated cotton canvas. I will make sure the slope on the framework is appropriate to shed most of the precipitation, but you can't prevent the wet snow from accumulating and forming pockets in the canvas, so you need to make sure the framework is up to the task. So far, my conduit frames have held up under some trying circumstances. This system works if executed competently.
See this post; http://www.sailnet.com/forums/cs-yac...tml#post264901
03-24-2013 12:46 PM
fallard
Re: Winter Storage Covers

Quote:
Originally Posted by eherlihy View Post
The issue with the cloth covers in the North East USA, is that snow can accumulate on them, and lead to other issues. Last year in the North East it would not have been a problem, however this year it would have been.

If my boat were anyware south of where more than 6" of snow can fall, I would invest in a Fairclough cover.
A heavy, wet snow is a problem for any kind of cover. That said, I have two boats with fitted covers over electrical conduit frames. They were made by a local canvas shop.

The polyester canvas cover is 16 years old and survived the 2' snowfall during the Northeaster blizzard this year. That was the worst snowfall here in southern NE that I've experienced in my long memory with respect to weight and difficulty in removal. My 12-13 yr old cotton canvas (same as used by Fairclough) also survived.

Any replacements will be by--or equivalent to--Fairclough, using the treated cotton canvas. I will make sure the slope on the framework is appropriate to shed most of the precipitation, but you can't prevent the wet snow from accumulating and forming pockets in the canvas, so you need to make sure the framework is up to the task. So far, my conduit frames have held up under some trying circumstances. This system works if executed competently.
03-24-2013 11:55 AM
eherlihy
Re: Winter Storage Covers

The issue with the cloth covers in the North East USA, is that snow can accumulate on them, and lead to other issues. Last year in the North East it would not have been a problem, however this year it would have been.

I reluctantly shelled out the $1250 (this year) to marina, to have it done. Next year, if I can't convince the wife to spend the winter in Florida, I will probably use the silver tarp method described above.

If my boat were anyware south of where more than 6" of snow can fall, I would invest in a Fairclough cover.
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