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Well as the title said Winter Storage covers.

What are the options for covers.
What do other members use.?

Any Pictures ...and anybody made there own..
Very intrested to see some.

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I use the heavy, silver poly tarps. One is long enough to cover the aft end from the mast to over the rail and the other the bows. A straight 2X4 lashed to the boom to a prop astern and the same along the centerline to the pulpit. The tarps are just wide enough to make it to the toe rail or a little bit more. A friend put me on to the use of those yellow button type attachment point usually found at Harbor Freight. Just snap together wherever ya need a tie point and there ya go! :D. Inexpensive 1/4" nylon to tie to a bridle surrounding the keel and a few cheap ratchet straps to support like rafters from one side, over the boom/2X to the other. I simply draw the tarps around the mast and tie off so they lap enough to keep [most of the] water out.

This was the first winter for me; buy my buddy gets three or four years out of his tarps. For approx. $100, I get three years protection vs as much as $1000/yr to shrink wrap (estimate based on per foot cost for other boats polled). The blue poly tarps are not worth the trouble/cost as tey do not last a full season. Other than one or two hi-end PBs at my yard, I'm the only one covered. A sad state of brightwork and gel-coat abounds!

There's a certain pleasure associated with the Grand Spring uncovering. :D
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Sorry, no pic. I use the heavy poly Hay tarps. I buy a 20' x 60' for $200 and they hold up well as long as i use foam pipe wrap and carpet padding where ever it may contact any kind of sharp edges. Thats the secret. Cover all kinds of edges. The wind will kill a tarp.
My mast is stored in a rack i built 5' above deck; this way i can drape the tarp like a big tent and tie it up tight. I do leave room for ventilation up front and have access in the back for access so i can do my routine work.

Super Sunshield Hay Tarps for Extreme Protection

I didn't buy from this place. Some hay tarps are better than others i have discovered.
 

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I have a cover from Fairclough (fairclough.com). They're not cheap but they're extremely well made.

The original owner bought the cover in '95 and it's still in very good condition. I've seen a lot of shredded tarps after a good wind storm.

 
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I have a cover similar to the one in JimMcgee's photo above. Very happy with it.

Even happier because I found mine used. It had only been used a couple of seasons and was made for a similar boat. Fits almost perfect and it cost me about a third of the price of a new one.

The previous owner had upgraded to the full enclosure made by the same company.

They wear like iron and can easily be repaired if some stitching does start to go. Much easier to secure than the old tarps I used in the past.
 

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The first winter I covered "Rockhopper" with two tarps, one fore of the mast and one aft over the boom. Well, the one over the boom started to buckle in with the weight of snow. Water was the funnelled by the tarp (aka giant watercatcher) straight onto the cockpit from where it then made its way into the cabin, running into the aft berth. At the end I had a horrible stinky mess all over. :puke

Not used a cover since. I might one day get a cover that properly fits the boat or better a proper shelter, but they are big bucks !

Boat Shelter Titanium 3,5 x 10 x 3,5 x 4,5. Strong boat shelter for sale. Boat shelters PVC. - Dancovershop UK
 

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I have a tent but only while it is being done up.

Well some sort of makeshift scaffolding with a few sides of old lorries curtain sides thrown over it.
But I am open to any sugestions on winter time covers. for next year..
Thanks everybody for the posts so far
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The first winter I covered "Rockhopper" with two tarps, one fore of the mast and one aft over the boom. Well, the one over the boom started to buckle in with the weight of snow. Water was the funnelled by the tarp (aka giant watercatcher) straight onto the cockpit from where it then made its way into the cabin, running into the aft berth. At the end I had a horrible stinky mess all over. :puke

Not used a cover since. I might one day get a cover that properly fits the boat or better a proper shelter, but they are big bucks !

Boat Shelter Titanium 3,5 x 10 x 3,5 x 4,5. Strong boat shelter for sale. Boat shelters PVC. - Dancovershop UK
I would not have one if the same thing happend to me either.
Sorry to hear the bad news...
I think the biggest problem with a tent is it has to be fixed to the ground somehow It's a wind thing...

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FinallySailing;

That's why I put four ratchet straps under the tarp at assumed load positions. These were to prevent sag at strategic points *IF* snow loads became too great. Another point is to see to it that the hull is bow-high to keep water drained to the scuppers.
HTH,

Oh yes! A barn *is* nice...if ya have one handy ;) I've looked at the "portable garages" like the tent and frame that FS linked. Waaay too much $$ for the expected coverage... even on our side of the pond... and then there's the issue of permission and mounting!?

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Paul, great idea with the ratchet straps ! I might just dare to cover my boat up once again :) .
 

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I can get my winter cover and all its supports into the trunk of my old Saab. That wasn't always the case.:eek: I use a 30X20 white poly tarp. The white tarp lets a lot of light in. I shock cord all grommets. I use pipe insulation on hard spots. The ridge is a piece of 1/4" Amsteel that runs from the bow chain plate, over the end of one of my spreaders that sits just aft of the anchor locker hatch (both spreaders are off the mast and the mast is on a rack off the boat). The spreaders are "mounted to 6x6 with a 2x8 base using pipe clamps. The other spreader is centered at the stern rail. I have a strong,4 bolt,well backed, pad eye on the cockpit coaming, centered. It provides the purchase for the back stay adjuster. A third support is a piece of 1" sch. 40 aluminum pipe with a pvc T sitting on it that is aft of the mast step. It is also supported by a 6x6. The Amsteel runs through the T, back over the end of the other spreader, through the pad eye and to a sheet winch. When I tighten the Amsteel using the winch it gets quite taught. I played with the height of the middle pipe to give me enough space in the cockpit under the tarp. This winter has been a good test and it has served just the way I had hoped. No frames, no shrink wrap. I have other boats I cover and buy shock cord by the spool. 3 pieces of 6x6, a tarp, a 40' piece of 1/4" Amsteel and a 5' section of aluminum pipe. A small bag of foam and it all goes into the trunk.





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How about making your own? $30 video from sailrite.
I'm looking at making my own. Not looking at getting Sailrite's video but I did get one of their machines.

Full cover.
Custom made, about 3k
That looks about the color I'm looking at making my hatch/mailsail covers. Looks a lot like what I was planning for my own cover. Looks good. I need something to protect the wood on my boat.
 

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I used two tarps. Little hard to see the whole setup in the picture below, but that's all I got. I put these on last fall and through 80+ inches of snow this season, a few large wind events, it looks the same as it did when I first them them on. Plus, plenty of airflow going through.

 

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I don't know if this will help you in the UK, but I made a frame using metal electrical conduit. You can find the ridge pole fittings on the web to provide for the athwartship braces. I went with white "Ultra Kover" material which was fabricated to exactly my size specifications. This cover has survived 4 winters in Maine, and the cost was very reasonable (here again - cost in US). To secure the cover, I used the "Kover Klips" from the same source. These clips function on a dovetail principle, and they are fabulous!

Here is the link: Kover Klamps - Kover Klip Video

No connection to this company - just a satisfied customer. Oh - and I can't stand shrink wrap - it is an ecological disaster, and it only gets used once!
 
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