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02-16-2011 06:23 AM
BubbleheadMd
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Originally Posted by treilley View Post
Check out Dr. Shrink. They carry everything you need and cater to DIYers.
That is too cool, thanks! I believe that I'll try this next winter.
02-16-2011 01:54 AM
HUGOSALT I made a similiar frame from pvc years ago and its still going strong. If it will help, several points that have worked well on my frame...I drilled 2 holes in pvc center ridge about every three feet
for 3/4" ribs which pass though center ridge and connected 2 pieces of the 3/4"
rib material as needed then cut to desired size , they fit into holes in pvc that run along
(inside) port and starboard toe rails.(ribs and all numbered) This creates tension that works well and can be carried all the way back to the stern. Another big help is using plastic ties to hold things in place when setting up and from wind, come spring they cut off real easy.
Pretty strong, stands up to wind and snow.
Hope this helps.... Hugo
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02-15-2011 02:19 PM
christyleigh
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Originally Posted by neoxaero View Post
This thread just reinforces my belief that living up north is crazy.
Yup.... it Sucks. And just in case you need a little more reinforcement .... here's my boat with a little 'hard water' around it.



I modified the Fairclough frame I had from a previous boat and shrink wrap myself. One of these days before I head South I might get good at it.... or maybe not....
02-15-2011 02:16 PM
Tim R.
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Originally Posted by BubbleheadMd View Post
Treilley-

Once the frame is built, where do you purchase the "shrinkwrap" plastic and how do you shrink it down over the frame? Heat? Tension? Some other way?

Thanks.
Check out Dr. Shrink. They carry everything you need and cater to DIYers.
02-15-2011 02:14 PM
capnorv Gosh, you guys got me thinking. Since it doesn't snow here and rain seems to clean the boat, I have no choice. I'll have to quit using my boat in the summer and wrap it up to prevent solar radiation damage. Thanks. Might as well put it in one of those parking lots to protect it from the possibilitiy of blisters when it's in the water too. Boy, isn't sailing more enjoyable when you don't have to worry about depreciation of your investment! Now all I have to do is figure out how to control the 30-40% drop in value do to the economy...Sorry I couldn't resist.
02-15-2011 01:21 PM
sailingdog
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Originally Posted by BubbleheadMd View Post
Treilley-

Once the frame is built, where do you purchase the "shrinkwrap" plastic and how do you shrink it down over the frame? Heat? Tension? Some other way?

Thanks.
You can use a torch, or preferably an industrial heat gun, which is a good deal safer, but not quite as convenient....
02-15-2011 01:13 PM
BubbleheadMd Treilley-

Once the frame is built, where do you purchase the "shrinkwrap" plastic and how do you shrink it down over the frame? Heat? Tension? Some other way?

Thanks.
02-15-2011 12:43 PM
neoxaero This thread just reinforces my belief that living up north is crazy...

It was 76ļ here yesterday
02-14-2011 06:38 PM
Tim R.
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When I was building the cover for my boat, I was thinking of using that same conduit. The other liveaboards at the marina strongly told me not to. Apparently it's plenty strong enough (we have had many storms with 45+kt winds), but it makes a horrible screeching noise as it flexes. One of my dockmates said he made the mistake of building his cover out of it one year and the noise nearly drove him insane. If you don't live aboard, then it's not really an issue though
Hmm, no screeching here...except from the admiral!
02-14-2011 05:26 PM
rmeador
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Originally Posted by treilley View Post
No. I do not like metal frames. They are just as bad as metal winch handles. When dropped they leaves nice divets in the gelcoat.

It is a very simple design that I designed and built in less than a day with one helper. It is a 2x4 ridge pole with 2x4 supports every 8 ft. with an extra support over the cockpit. The ribs ar 3/4" pvc electrical conduit. It is so cheap that you could throw it away and re-buy it every year. The door frame is 2x4 frame with a 2x3 framed door also covered in shrinkwrap.

Courtesy of Home Depot
When I was building the cover for my boat, I was thinking of using that same conduit. The other liveaboards at the marina strongly told me not to. Apparently it's plenty strong enough (we have had many storms with 45+kt winds), but it makes a horrible screeching noise as it flexes. One of my dockmates said he made the mistake of building his cover out of it one year and the noise nearly drove him insane. If you don't live aboard, then it's not really an issue though
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