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10-12-2013 09:23 PM
bljones
Re: DIY shrinkwrapping, easy? Pain?

Sea Ray....figures.
10-12-2013 09:02 PM
TakeFive
Re: DIY shrinkwrapping, easy? Pain?

Quote:
Originally Posted by RonRelyea View Post
my marina does not allow DIY shrinkwrap for fear you will burn up your boat and the rest of the boats in the near vicinity. FWIW
Like these guys? (Click here to see this month's BoatUS story on this.)
Quote:
Shrinkwrapping looks like a great way to protect your boat over winter, right? It is, as long as you don't ignite your boat while you're trying to wrap it. Last year there were several fires caused by owners trying to shrinkwrap their boats, and all the fires were serious. In one claim in Michigan, the owner of a 34-foot Sea Ray used a roofing flame torch to tighten the wrap. After seeing smoke coming from inside the cockpit, he cut the wrap open and found flames, which quickly got out of control. Before the fire department could put out the fire, two boats were destroyed and three others were damaged (Claim #1216496). Fire and flammable shrinkwrap (and equally flammable fiberglass) don't mix. All it takes is a moment of inattention to ignite shrinkwrap, and sometimes the flames aren't even visible right away. Shrinkwrap is one job best left to the pros.
10-10-2013 09:51 PM
abrahamx
Re: DIY shrinkwrapping, easy? Pain?

Have to say I am not sure on the "terms" I know the po told me it cost him 250 to shrink wrap and when I talked to the shrink wrap guy when I saw him the other day he told me it would be $200, when I told him I wanted him to do the job as he was with the PO Plus the PO was 80 something and I dont think he was doing anything himself.
10-10-2013 04:45 PM
RonRelyea
Re: DIY shrinkwrapping, easy? Pain?

how about a DIY Fairclough ... I got the idea for the frame from their website and went Top Shelf with a SILVER (OMG !) tarp ... standard electrical conduit with taped on 1x2 strapping ....



10-10-2013 02:44 PM
Minnewaska
Re: DIY shrinkwrapping, easy? Pain?

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Originally Posted by caberg View Post
Minnewaska, no offense, but you're totally out of touch with the average sailboat owner with a 30+ year old boat. In another thread you cite turning off the ice maker as a reason to stop sailing for the season. And, hey, that's cool, but you gotta realize how silly you sound recommending a $5000 custom made cover to someone debating whether he should DIY or pay the yard $200 for a shrinkwrap job.
I will take your word for it, but the ice maker comment was made in jest in that thread (with smiley) and you used it to make a criticism. Seems intended to be offensive.

This isn't the first boat I've ever know to be winterized. If I'm out of touch, it's with getting a 30 ft boat shrink wrapped for $200. I just checked our yard rates. Estimating square footage, it would push a grand for a 30 ft boat, whether your boat is 30 days or 30 years old. If I spent 6k on a cover, I would expect a 30 ft boat to be around 3 grand. If a bit more, my suggested math still works pretty close. No way, if mine was 6k, a 30 foot boat would be 5k.

If one doesn't have the cash, I understand. However, the cheaper method will be more expensive in the long run around here. Maybe not where you get it done for $200 all in. I have to say, that seems too good to be true, if it includes install, removal, recycling, etc.
10-10-2013 02:37 PM
travlineasy
Re: DIY shrinkwrapping, easy? Pain?

If I could have my boat shrink wrapped for $200 I would do it. The last estimate I got was $1,200 for my Morgan 33 O.I.. So for me, winter is a poly tarp over the boom and another over a line stretched between the bow sprit and the mast.

Gary
10-10-2013 02:03 PM
abrahamx
Re: DIY shrinkwrapping, easy? Pain?

Yea, I have about a thousand dollars in my savings account and earning a cool 500/wk on unemployment. and my bills are 425 a week. So a $600 cover is way out of my range. I'll probably spend the rest of my savings winterizing the boat. With $200 for mast storage and $250 to pull and store the boat, Plus the wrap and antifreeze, bla, bla, bla. I would not trade it for the world though. the shrinkwrap is $200 total not just labor. He also sets up some framework. Same guy the PO used for the last six years and the boat looked great when I saw it. And I originally looked at it when it was still shrinkwrapped. I just figured I may do it myself to save a buck but it sounds like 2 bills to have it done good is well worth it to me.
10-10-2013 11:04 AM
caberg
Re: DIY shrinkwrapping, easy? Pain?

Minnewaska, no offense, but you're totally out of touch with the average sailboat owner with a 30+ year old boat. In another thread you cite turning off the ice maker as a reason to stop sailing for the season. And, hey, that's cool, but you gotta realize how silly you sound recommending a $5000 custom made cover to someone debating whether he should DIY or pay the yard $200 for a shrinkwrap job.
10-10-2013 11:02 AM
Tim R.
Re: DIY shrinkwrapping, easy? Pain?

I had a Fairclough cover made for my Ericson 35 and it was nice but it did not shed the snow load properly. I had to go up and knock the snow off from the inside every time we got a storm. Fairclough was not willing to re-make the cover and frame at a steeper angle.

We use shrink wrap on our Caliber because we live aboard and the clear shrink wrap allows light below. It also sheds snow easily and acts as a green house on deck. We keep it ventilated by leaving a gap at the toe-rail for fresh air to circulate.

10-10-2013 09:35 AM
Minnewaska
Re: DIY shrinkwrapping, easy? Pain?

Caberg, there has to be lot of apples and oranges here. I'm not comparing a DIY shrink wrap job to a Fairclough. I'm comparing paying the yard, plus the materials. If the $200 is really all in, the boat must be radio control. I took that to be just labor. One can fairly easily install a custom cover, especially on a small boat. My cover cost $6k. A 30 ft boat would be substantially less.

They more than look good, they are better for your boat and much better for the environment and you will break even.
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