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Winter cover

Well it's time to put the boat on the hard for the winter. I've never used a cover in the past, but I would like to cover at least the cockpit this winter. I would be interested in hearing what others use for frames and covers.

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Assuming your mast is up, get a tarp large enough to cover the cockpit. Support the boom and remove the topping lift. position the tarp ascross the boom, tieing it to the backstay and forward to the mast, and then to the toerails. Make it tight. Heavy snow should slide off. Pad anything sharp on the boom.
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I had Toodle-oo! shrunk wrap last year and again this year - she's in the back yard - and without good cover I'd have half the forest in her cockpit!
Frame was simple - 2x4 uprights (4 along the length of the boat) supported by string to the stanchions and 1x3 strapping on top. Once the shrink wrap is on, the string can be removed. I put a frame up for a short door.
Wrapping cost me $300 last year - $400 this... (I've yet to discover why the increase!)
(The mast is off.)
It's great having an enclosed boat to work on through the winter... and it's bright inside...
I gave up with the tarp I used to use - it came loose and destroyed itself a couple of years ago...

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winter cover

For my previous boat, and now for First Sight, I have had a custom cover made by the Canvas Store on Long Island. His prices cannot be matched by the local canvas people (which they freely admit), because he does so many.

I get better coverage than I could with tarps, and over the years it is cheaper than shrink wrap. My mast and boom stay on the boat.
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We, too, have a custom cover. It is a bear to wrestle on/off each year, but offers great protection:

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Winter cover

WOW that is some cover!

1. It appears you leave the boat in the water all winter?

2. You have a tubular support apparatus under the cover?

3. Who made it?
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WOW that is some cover!

1. It appears you leave the boat in the water all winter?

2. You have a tubular support apparatus under the cover?

3. Who made it?
1. Yes, we stay in for the winter and haul-out during mid-summer.

2. The cover is supported by the boom and three halyards over the forepeak (genoa, staysail, and spinnaker). There is no skeleton or frame. But I do lay about half a dozen thin strips of wood (about 2"x1/4"x14') over the boom, to give the cover a bit of extra rigidity (mostly to resist flapping in the wind).

3. I don't know. It was brand new, never used, when we bought the boat. I saw the receipt (ca-ching!!) but have since misplaced it. I thought I remembered it having been made by Canvas Creations in Annapolis, but I've checked their website and they don't advertise for winter covers. It must have been someone else, and I'm near certain they were in Annapolis. There is no label on the cover.
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Canvas Creations

Dan Wood at Canvas Creations did my dodger/bimini.

He said he would do a winter cover, but he couldn't compete with The Canvas Store.

I use the thin strips of wood also, to keep snow from accumulating in sags.
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Dan Wood at Canvas Creations did my dodger/bimini.

He said he would do a winter cover...
Huh, interesting. Maybe he did ours after all?
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These guys have a template for the PSC37 and info on their web site.
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