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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.