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|08-28-2011 01:36 PM|
I am with DRFerron on the shrink wrap issue.
Save your money and buy some tarps instead. Even a half assed tarp job can keep most of the snow and ice out of your cockpit. We leave the rig up and use the boom to drape the tarp over and mount the spin pole over the fore deck.
Easy to do and way less then $100.
|08-28-2011 10:25 AM|
Thanks - I've been told that if you don't wrap, water finds itself into EVERY possible crevice and will raise hell when it freezes - delamination, etc. My thought was that, as long as one keeps the snow off, it would be OK - and that a "little" snow helps insulate? Also, how about the additional storage? I was thinking of those large tupperware containers for a number of rust-resistant items?
My friends had a 50' Gulfstar and were passionately against shrink wrapping and never had an issue so... I'd rather avoid it and use the $ for other stuff, but if there's truth to some of the FEAR associated with NOT wrapping, this newbie is afraid to make a costly error. Common sense tells me that, with care to shovel, etc. it wouldn't be a big deal to NOT wrap - it's just a convenience (and can contribute to mold, as you pointed out). The "cool factor" of having a nice greenhouse to sit out on sunny days in t-shirt and shorts when it's 20 degrees outside?? Well, a lot of people (even pro-wrappers) say then NEVER get to use it, other than maybe for a little extra storage. If you are diligent, the stories of people trapped inside by the snow/ice on the companionway hatch, etc. can easily be avoided.
Maybe we should start a separate thread for this? I'll search the threads - must be some heated (pun intended) debates on this!
Whether I decide to go wrapped or not, I appreciate your comments and advice. Then again, I'm not wrapped too tight myself, so maybe if I wrap my home???? lol...
|08-28-2011 10:10 AM|
Originally Posted by veprjack View Post
The only advantage I saw was that snow slid off instead of accumulating on the deck.
Now no mold, we're saving about $600 in winterizing costs and not contributing more plastic to the environment.
|08-28-2011 08:22 AM|
Originally Posted by glassdad View Post
|08-28-2011 03:21 AM|
|glassdad||VEPRJACK: thing to keep in mind is to allocate about 25% of the purchase price for maintenance and other things you need to make the boat yours. When we got Odyssey, I thought that number was going to be high. It was spot on. It seems that whatever you buy, it still needs more.|
|08-24-2011 06:51 PM|
Originally Posted by tomperanteau View Post
I will no the boat for me when I see. Lots of tired boats out there that look so dang good in there add pics. Kinda pisses me off when I waste my time to go have a look at them.
|08-04-2011 08:12 AM|
I'm trying to keep a leash on my impulsive nature. If I can hold off until September, there will be more selection and better prices? Having said that, I think I've narrowed it down to Pearson - the P30, 303, etc. The Catalina 30 has more room for living aboard, but I just like/prefer the Pearson. Tomorrow I'm going to look at a 303 that has been customized with stack pack, new head-sails-paint, - electronics galore, etc. I am almost hoping I don't like it, because it looks like it might be THE ONE - lol... I'm supposed to look at a Sabre 30 on Saturday that is the same price as the 303, but it needs some cosmetic work and doesn't have 1/2 the upgrades/toys as the 303. If I like the Pearson, even if I don't make an offer, I will probably not bother looking at the Sabre. In fact, if this Pearson isn't THE ONE, I should probably just do research and not take a chance of "falling in love" and buying prematurely. Hey, it's only 4 weeks until September, when boaters start to feel the cool air signalling "the end"... lol...
If logic wins out, I'll WAIT - because I'll have a bigger budget (could afford $33K just for the boat, exclusive of taxes, insurance, etc.) and most people advise me that if I can wait until September, it would benefit me.
|08-04-2011 12:40 AM|
Originally Posted by djodenda View Post
|08-03-2011 11:02 PM|
Have you settled on a boat or are you still looking?
|08-03-2011 01:41 PM|
Originally Posted by veprjack View Post
I understand - we had a LOT, too. It was heartbreaking in many ways, but without shedding things, there was no way to enter into a new chapter in our lives.
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