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11-18-2002 04:45 AM
Joshuadawn
WINTER COVER?

I have a 32'' sailboat and am covering it with a 30'' X 40'' plastic tarp it is green and apperars to be a little heavier than the traditional blue tarps.

For a frame I am using the same technique that the local shrink wrap guys use. I run one 40'' piece of strapping the length of the boat which rests on the bow and stern pulpit. The strapping is supported in three plases by by vertical 2X4''s which give you headroom in the cockpit and get the frame up off the cabin top. For cross bracing or rafters I use 1" tie down webing $0.15 a foot, this is hitched to the lifelines and the strapping. for any chafe points I use (childrens) pool noodles cut lengh wise. To ensure that the tarp stay''s snug I use shock cord.

Hope this helps, My boat is about 40K if I did have a 200K boat I would go for a custom cover but until then this solution works for me.

Total cost in canadian

tarp $65.00
Strapping $10.00
Webbing $30.00
Shick cord ?
11-17-2002 06:15 PM
sinewave2
WINTER COVER?

The best place to find a boat cover is at the local farm and feed store.I bought a heavy duty tarp ( 16x24)for $35. and 3/4 electrical (plastic) conduet for $1.25 ea. the boat was hauled out with the mast up. I removed the boom and attached a 2x6 about 12"to the base of the mast with rope and also sat a 2x4 on that and ran it to the pedistal, where i layed it into a crutch then i ran line thru the conduet and attached it to the port rail and bent it over the 2x4 and tied it off on the starboard rail. then cover from the mast aft 30'' Newport
11-17-2002 06:14 PM
sinewave2
WINTER COVER?

The best place to find a boat cover is at the local farm and feed store.I bought a heavy duty tarp ( 16x24)for $35. and 3/4 electrical (plastic) conduet for $1.25 ea. the boat was hauled out with the mast up. I removed the boom and attached a 2x6 about 12"to the base of the mast with rope and also sat a 2x4 on that and ran it to the pedistal, where i layed it into a crutch then i ran line thru the conduet and attached it to the port rail and bent it over the 2x4 and tied it off on the starboard rail. then cover from the mast aft 30'' Newport
11-17-2002 08:26 AM
marktesno1
WINTER COVER?

Here is how I did it. My boat is 40'' sail I wanted a cover that would be strong, durable. I set my frame up using 1" electical pipe conduit purchased at Home Depot,about $5 a section They come in 10''lenghts. I bent them into shape using a pipe bender.I found this stuff easy to work with. It bends nicly and cuts with a hack saw. They rest on the edge of deck butted to the toe rail with a rubber foot used for chair legs. Spacing them approx 4'' apart and then connect to the main center piece which is also 1" pipe using connectors to achive the proper length from bow to stern. My sailmaker sold me special clamps needed to affix the side pipe frames to the fore and aft main pipe. I then place 3 runs of 1x3 strapping off each side running fore and aft of the main pipe using duct tape and padding of carpet where nessasary. The arch effect I was striving for ennables me to work on the decks with standing headroom in cockpit area.The bow and stern are open to allow air to circulate but no rain can enter. Faircloth does make very nice covers but at a hefty price. Canvas is also not 100% water proof they tend to leak at the seams and drip water down on to the deck. I coverd mine with heavy canvass (Harry Miller Co. Boston) had my sailmaker sew in a zippered door and then a layer of poly tarps. I found that 5 smaller tarps placed overlaping gives a much better fit than trying to accomplish coverage with one large one that flaps in the wind. Good luck
11-16-2002 08:11 AM
colehankins
WINTER COVER?

Just a little heads up. I noticed some billboard signs were being taken down near my work and asked the workers what happens to the old signs? They said, they hold on to them for a couple of months and then throw them away. I talked the company out of about 20 of the tarps and gave them to anyone that wanted them at the YC. freebees The only stipulation was the artwork cant be showing.
Wow! the tarps are reinforced vynal that wonít rip and are easy to cut and sew up with wire or string and they come in 14X48í sheets. To attach downhauls to the tarp just cut it and tie the rope. I use them all the time now and after the winter I put it on the ground to catch the debris from painting the hull.
Now that the boat is in the wonderful south, I donít cover it up so I can go for a sail anytime the weather breaks. Good luck to yaíll
11-12-2002 06:08 AM
cains
WINTER COVER?

Clayton,
What size tarp did yo buy? I have a 31'' O''Day and am not sure of the size I should purchase.
Thanks for the info.
Spencer
11-11-2002 11:52 AM
tsenator
WINTER COVER?

Up here in on the LI Sound the going rate for a Shrink Wrap and frame is about $450-$700 for a 36'' sailboat from most marinas. Not cheap but these are well made with tight contruction, wood ribbed frame with vents and zippered access doors. So after 4-5 seasons it has paid for itself. (though doing the heat gun and shrink wrap yourself would make it much cheaper....though the amount of work/time = money would go up)

If you are talking about regular plastic covers, then most plastic covers that I have seen are blue tarp material or other heavy duty plastics and I have yet to see more than 10% of them make it through a winter up here without rippin, tearing or basically shreading to peices from the winter winds. The problem is,no matter how hard you try. they are not snug against the boat and sooner or later the wind will get underneath them or in the gaps & start thier demise. And thats not even counting the snow, ice or freezing rain.

So if you have a $100k to $200k investment in a new boat the $2k-$3k price is good insurance especially when it comes to resale time. There is *definitely* a difference in the way a 10 year old boat looks when it has been covered by a nice winter cover and you can easily get back the $2k when it comes time for resale.

If I had an older less expensive boat (like my last boat) then I am pretty sure I wouldn''t go that route though.

ps....forgot to mention that these nice covers along with a little electric heat turn your boat into a nice little warm tent that you can work on your boat in.....even in the middle of these winters.
11-11-2002 08:54 AM
clayton
WINTER COVER?

$2,000 for a winter cover ? Will pay for itself in the long run? Nuts! For under a $100., a frame made from strapping and a $50. plastic cover makes it a no brainer. Common guys, $2,000 vs. $100 ? Do the math!
Jeeze, what were you thinking ?
11-10-2002 01:47 PM
bjoc2314
WINTER COVER?

I bought a catalina 310 this year and just ordered a Fairclough cover for just over $2,000 w/installation (which I will likely do myself in the future). It''s expensive but, in the long run, probably cheaper than shrink wrap.

Brian
11-08-2002 06:40 PM
RobGallagher
WINTER COVER?

If you are on a budget like me you can use a cheap tarp if the mast is down. Secure the mast at the bow and stern pulpits. Take off your life lines and stansions (this will allow snow and water to run off nicely and you can bring them home for polishing over the winter). Drape the tarp over the Mast and lace it up nice and tight. Use a seperate line for stern lacing so you can easily untie and get inside. Don''t tie anything to the poppits!

Cut tennis balls make great anti chaffe devices.

Yes the tarp will wear thin or through, but you can reverse it and get 2 years out of it. Buy a tarp large enough to allow you to lace both ends nicely. The less places for breeze to get under the tarp the better.
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