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12-16-2013 09:49 AM
stuart11
Daysailer under frame/cover for winter

Good suggestions on this thread.

Our daysailer arrived on Friday, giving us a few hours on Saturday to build the frame and put the tarp on.

We did it successfully, held up after Saturday's snow (about 3") and very windy conditions.

Boatyard only a few blocks away, easy walk to check after the snow hit.

Thanks for all the suggestions and advice, wasn't able to upload a picture.

Stuart11
12-04-2013 08:52 AM
stuart11
Re: What is the best way to Tarp a sailboat for winter

thanks Tom,

Stuart
12-04-2013 07:54 AM
TomMaine
Re: What is the best way to Tarp a sailboat for winter

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Originally Posted by stuart11 View Post

Sounds like you did not use bases, but support the ridge pole with the A frames, are the A frames tied onto the pole are connected with a T connector or something else to secure them?
Hi Stuart, just a pretty crude 1-1/2"x5" pocket cut into the tops of 4 A's that the 2x6 slides into.

Each A is secured at the two bases with plastic pipe strapping to a few convenient ties I've found that work on my boat. They do need to be anchored as I'm right on the harbor and we get some powerful winter winds.

For a smaller boat, you could use 1"x for all the parts. The top of the A also gets a gusset of plywood or piece of 1x scrap. The pocket can be cut in that as well.

I tried to upload a photo but the server refused(something new).
12-03-2013 07:41 PM
stuart11
Re: What is the best way to Tarp a sailboat for winter

Was thinking of building a PVC frame similar to yours for my small daysailer (22' loa/7' beam, but with pvc bases attached to a flange screwed into a wood square for stability. I thought I'd make A frames with 1 1/2" pvc poles connected by 90 degree t's and tie to the ridge for stability.

Sounds like you did not use bases, but support the ridge pole with the A frames, are the A frames tied onto the pole are connected with a T connector or something else to secure them?
12-03-2013 05:26 PM
TomMaine
Re: What is the best way to Tarp a sailboat for winter

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Originally Posted by skygazer View Post

With our larger sailboats, a support ridge would be helpful, what is shown won't work up here in Maine, need steepness for snow.
Agreed. I used to build a more elaborate frame but have settled on 4 'A' frames that support a continuous 2x6" ridge. Now on my second set of A's, I've learned it's pretty good at shedding snow.

Occasionally conditions will layer wet snow on one side and I have to go inside and push it off but the frame holds. That happens maybe once every year at most. It's never collapsed.

It goes up pretty quickly, keeps the boat bone dry and well ventilated, I can work under it, and tarps last 1 season for the cheapies, 2 for the mediums, and 3 for the best(I've settled on the mediums).

One plus with my old boat is that the bronze stantions slide out of bronze pockets bolted in the deck.

12-03-2013 10:16 AM
stuart11
Re: What is the best way to Tarp a sailboat for winter

anyone have pics of a pvc frame for a smaller daysailer? Mine is 23' LOA, 7' beam.

thought is to build four 1 1/2 bases to hold up a PVC ridge pole, place about five supports on the ridge pole to keep sagging to a minimum and encourage snow to slide off.

any suggestions and/or pics welcomed
11-19-2013 07:50 PM
skygazer
Re: What is the best way to Tarp a sailboat for winter

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Originally Posted by stuart11 View Post
An approach to tarp a smaller boat is on Youtube Boat cover bows/poles homemade.

Basically using pvc poles with t-pieces cut to fit on the rail.
Here is link to the video:

With our larger sailboats, a support ridge would be helpful, what is shown won't work up here in Maine, need steepness for snow.
11-19-2013 07:31 PM
stuart11
Re: What is the best way to Tarp a sailboat for winter

An approach to tarp a smaller boat is on Youtube Boat cover bows/poles homemade.

Basically using pvc poles with t-pieces cut to fit on the rail.
11-18-2013 12:04 AM
downeast450
Re: What is the best way to Tarp a sailboat for winter

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Originally Posted by skygazer View Post
What song are your covering?
"Sweet Caroline"
11-17-2013 04:49 PM
skygazer
Re: What is the best way to Tarp a sailboat for winter

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Originally Posted by downeast450 View Post
...With it tightened you can almost pluck a tune on it.

...What I was trying to accomplish was simplifying the "hardware" needed for a sound cover. This system works.

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What song are your covering?
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