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I e-mailed Dan Wood with your picture and he said it looks like one of his.

he does good work!

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These guys have a template for the PSC37 and info on their web site.
FAIRCLOUGH SAILMAKERS INC.
Thank you MC- this is VERY helpful to us

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I had a Fairclough on Asylum when she wintered in CT. Many other boats did as well since Fairclough was the cream of the crop. They even came down to the boat to install, remove, and store the cover.

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Hi Paul,
I also have a Fairclough cover for my 31, it was new last winter.
Fits like a glove and excellent company to deal with. Purchased it at the Newport Boat Show Sept 08, two weeks later they delivered the cover with a crew of 3 men, assembled the frame and installed the cover on in about an hour. Highly recommended.

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Thanks to all for the input.
I just got a quote from the canvas shop (~$3,000) for a over the rail boom tent style.
I requested a quote from Fairclough and asked about the differences in price for the framed versus boom tent etc.. The reply basically said "check out our web site". Not very useful.

However, I think I have decided to forgo a cover for this year, and spend the money on a Cape Horn self steering unit instead. I can hack together a crude cover out of parts from the hardware store. It's a bit more difficult to do that for a self steering unit!!

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The covers are pricey, no question. Sounds like you have found a nice alternative way to spend your money. I would at some point suggest you revisit the cover, because they last a very long time, and are easy to put on. I was never happy with any combination of tarps, but I love my winter cover.

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I make a huge PVC frame and covered it with 2 large cheap tarps last winter. It tore itself apart in the wind and damaged my gelcoat in several places. The marina had to remove it for fear of it toppling the boat (and the other "dominoes" nearby). I did a thorough write-up on it and many other people chimed-in with their designs. See the thread here:

Completed - Inexpensive PVC Frame and Cover

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Well, so much for my decision to cover the boat with tarps!!
I went down to the boat this past Sunday to do some late winterizing and work out what I was going to do for a cover and frame. It poured with rain the whole time I was there, which gave me the (unwelcome) opportunity to see that most of my port lights leak and that with the scuppers frozen, the cockpit fills with water.
In the gusty wind I could evaluate other boat owners solutions to the same problem, and the home made varieties were not faring too well.
It was also obvious that I was never going to have the time to do the job myself.
Monday I ordered an over the rail, boom tent cover from the Canvas Store. They are measuring the boat tomorrow, and claim they can deliver it the week after Christmas. I'll update this post with the results.
The upside is that my waiting so late resulted in a 20% discount on the list price.

Thanks for all the input.

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Paul,

Glad to hear that you got a good discount! I think you'll be happy to have a properly sized cover.

As for the leaky portlights -- If you have the older oval style portlights, as the gaskets age and become more compressed, they do need an occasional adjustment to the set screws in the hinge. This allows them to seat more evenly on the frames. Bring your tiniest alan/hex keys.


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I replaced the gaskets a few years ago and adjusted the hinge at that time. However, adjustment is tricky. If the hinge is in too far, the lower edge does not seat very tightly. Now, I think that the bottom is too far in, as the loop on the frame used for holding the port open, is hard up against the acorn nut on the mounting bolt.
I need to replace and reseal the glass also, so I'll look at the gasket then.

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