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Boat Cover for Winter

Postby sailfish02 » Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:38 am

Greetings .... I'm tired of replacing my silver and brown tarp from Lowe's every year and I guess I'm ready for some canvas or sunbrella

Any advice and suppliers you could suggest ??
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Re: Boat Cover for Winter

Postby NiceAft » Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:55 pm

I’m not sure what a silver and brown tarp is.

I have a heavy duty silver tarp that has lasted several years through East Coast winters. I believe it has one more year left in it. A good tarp should last for a few years.

Some on this site have posted how by using PVC piping and a large tarp, they create a tent like structure. I actually did that for a couple of years, but then said “forget it”.

Really, look into a good heavy duty tarp.

I’m sure someone will post how they use PVC piping.

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Re: Boat Cover for Winter

Postby whgoffrn » Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:25 pm

I purchased a billboard from one of those online sites and put the holes and grommets with a press in it..... after all that work I haven't even used it .... and honestly I'm not sure if it feels any thicker than a heavy duty tarp from home depot.... they are much bigger though so maybe you could double it up
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Re: Boat Cover for Winter

Postby tewharaunz » Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:10 am

+1 to the billboard as a cover.

UV and wind are the killers down here and the billboard tarp I used is definitely UV protected and seems to be stronger than a normal tarp. We put it printed side down so the boat didn't look like a Cadbury chocolate ad.

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Re: Boat Cover for Winter

Postby Norca » Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:00 am

I purchased a cover from sailorstailor 5 years ago, and I am wery happy with it.
Expensive? yes but after 5 years in eastern Canada with winds up to 100km/hr on a regular basis, and
sometimes lots of snow, it is still on good condition only 4-5 snaps are damaged and easily repaired.
My boat is covered for almost 10 months a year due to work comitements :(
The link is: http://sailorstailor.com/products.asp?cat=188
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Re: Boat Cover for Winter

Postby RussMT » Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:38 pm

NiceAft wrote:Really, look into a good heavy duty tarp.

I’m sure someone will post how they use PVC piping.

Ray


There are many grades of tarps. I bought the mid grade tarp and it lasted a few years. Probably would have lasted longer had I protected it from the "sharp" stuff like the mast fittings and stanchions.

Lots of pics here
https://www.google.com/search?q=site:ma ... 96&bih=815

The PVC pipes work well and we get lots of snow. Just make sure you have enough of them and they are secured well.

It is a lot of work to prepare the skeleton of PVC and tie it down. So I rented an "indoor" storage shed.

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Re: Boat Cover for Winter

Postby sailfish02 » Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:22 pm

Norca wrote:I purchased a cover from sailorstailor 5 years ago, and I am wery happy with it.
Expensive? yes but after 5 years in eastern Canada with winds up to 100km/hr on a regular basis, and
sometimes lots of snow, it is still on good condition only 4-5 snaps are damaged and easily repaired.
My boat is covered for almost 10 months a year due to work comitements :(
The link is: http://sailorstailor.com/products.asp?cat=188


I looked on the site shown and it showed the cover with the mast still standing. You store yours with the mast down I'm sure ?

any pictures ... thank you
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Re: Boat Cover for Winter

Postby eodjedi » Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:48 pm

How dare you talk about winter covers during the dawn of summer. You should be horse whipped in the streets!
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Re: Boat Cover for Winter

Postby C Buchs » Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:11 pm

I was just shopping BWYachts.com and found they sell a custom tarp. You can find it here: http://shop.bwyachts.com/product-p/1003-1m0.htm

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