That is actually what concerned me the most. The blue transom in that picture is me. One really strong wind from the north, and I am worried the shi**y wood cradle that thing is on will fold up. The boat with the swimming pool on deck will just be shipping a lot of weight. I didn't think about the tarps flogging my boat!I don't even want to get into why the sails are still on.
I would think that would be a condensation nightmare, does not look like there is any ventilation? Are you living on that boat? I wonder why they have not come up with a way to use tyvek Tyvek - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.That's not a winter cover, that is a tarp. The gray cover in the background is a winter cover. Did they really expect it to shed snow/rain without some type of frame supporting it?
I would keep a close eye on those tarps. A good cross wind and you will have grommets flogging your boat.
This is a properly framed and shrink wrapped boat:
Actually there is zero condensation. There are air gaps around the entire boat at the toe-rail and a large gap at the bowsprit. This is the 4th year living aboard with this winter cover system and it has been problem free. It acts as a greenhouse on sunny days so we can enjoy the cockpit or work on deck. Sides are high and wide enough to not damage the lifelines/stanchions and you can walk up the side decks.
Very nice indeed, great job, one of the best setups I have seen! Yes, stretching and noise would be an issue with Tyvek, but those not living on board and using tarps could benefit.Actually there is zero condensation. There are air gaps around the entire boat at the toe-rail and a large gap at the bowsprit. This is the 4th year living aboard with this winter cover system and it has been problem free. It acts as a greenhouse on sunny days so we can enjoy the cockpit or work on deck. Sides are high and wide enough to not damage the lifelines/stanchions and you can walk up the side decks.
Tyvek is not a bad idea but it is not transparent(for us live aboards) and it has no stretch which helps keep things quiet on windy nights.
The frozen moisture you see here is on the outside. You can also see the gap at the toerail.
Center ridge and vertical supports are 2x4s. Ribs are 3/4" PVC conduit. Bases sit on rub rail and wire tied to toe rail. Stringers in photo were 1/2" PVC conduit but it turned out to be too flimsy so this year I used 1x2 wood furring strips that are much better. Door frame is 2x4 tied back to ridge with two 2x4s. Door is 2x3 with diagonal bracing.I have to agree, that looks like the most practical way to cover up for a liveaboard. Do you just tie the PVC (I think its PVC) down to the stanchions? I saw in another post someone had decorated with xmas lights with a similar set up. It looked really cozy in there. Hopefully you get to do the same.
Not sure why but I can guess.Tim r, that's a sweet rig you have there.
Why are people going straight over their stanchions when covering with no support?
That's a path to destruction. I see so many broken stanchions from shrink warp or tarps over stanchions every spring. Take them down or cut around them.
Stanchions are not that strong.