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post #21 of 23 Old 10-04-2010
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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.
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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.
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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.
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