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10-05-2010 08:59 AM
RonRelyea
Securing frame to boat

Hello BoxedUp!

I had the base of each leg taped twice (high and low) to a stanchion. I also ran a line (rope ?? cord?? whatever you want ot call it) from the aft peak and the fore peak of the frame and pulled it tight around the mast. The 1/2 furring strips were also taped to the frame with the nylon reinforced tape.
10-04-2010 01:13 PM
jim7289 Forgot to mention, I am going to mix some RainX (+ water)that I put in my car windshield washer fluid and spray a mixture on my tarp with a garden sprayer and hopefully that will help the snow and ice to simply slideeeeeee off the tarp. Its worth a try.
10-04-2010 01:03 PM
jim7289 I haven't had a boat in several but have one now. On previous boat (a plywood Chris-Craft-you now have an idea of how long ago!) I built a 2"x3" frame and covered it with a green wax treated tarp....weighed a d@@n ton! Tarps have come a long.
I secured the tarp with various lengths of 'scrap' insulated 12 ga. jacked romex house elec wire. A twist or two and the wire didn't move. Worked very well and was much easier than bunge cords (not invented back then ;-) ) or messin' with various ropes (lines?) knots. Of course now that I have graduated to a sailboat I know more knots that actually hold....ex: the bowline,truckers knot ect. I'll still go with the wire for ease of tieing.
As for as the tarp grommets, I picked up a couple pakages of the tarp clamps at the 'Hong Kong Hardware Store' AKA Harbor Freight....relatively inexpensive.
10-04-2010 11:41 AM
BoxedUp
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Originally Posted by RonRelyea View Post
As requested .... the tarp and frame held up quite well over last winter ...
Hi Ron,

Glad things worked out well for you. Your frame is quite high above the deck. How did you secure the frame to your boat to minimize movement from wind?
09-08-2010 10:33 AM
RonRelyea
Time to think about covers

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Originally Posted by Korben View Post
Hey Ron

That looks quite good. Let us know if it holds up.
I've bookmarked the framemaker site for next year.
As requested .... the tarp and frame held up quite well over last winter ... we had heavy snows freezing rain, lots of wind ... it was put to a real test. The tarp itself will probably last another 2-3 years based on the wear I see from my first season of use ...

One change for this year .... I will get some tarp clamps instead of relying strictly on the grommets. A couple pulled out ... also, the clamps will let me make an even tighter fit by making some additional tucks ....
12-07-2009 09:57 AM
inthesprings Unstayed mast...how nice is that. I always seem to be bumping into wires. Well I have my ghetto tarp on. I started with weighted jugs of water, but we had a pretty good blow last week and when I checked it, it looked more like a kinetic sculpture than a boat cover. Tied it around the hull this weekend and that seems better. Still want to do the foredeck. Just have to get a long 2 x 4 or something. But for the forestay, the other stays are at or behind the mast so I wont have to deal with that. I suppose if I just stepped the mast, this would be a lot easier, but thats another thread.
12-07-2009 09:18 AM
RonRelyea
ay, there's the rub (or lack thereof!)

Hunter Visions have an unstayed mast. I only have to deal with the forestay for the jib ...
12-06-2009 05:56 PM
inthesprings That looks pretty sweet. Do you not have a backstay or side stays or am I just not seeing them?
11-30-2009 03:56 PM
Korben Hey Ron

That looks quite good. Let us know if it holds up.
I've bookmarked the framemaker site for next year.
11-30-2009 02:57 PM
RonRelyea
let's see if I can get the photos on this time

frame and tarp:



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