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PostPosted: 03 Oct 2019 17:17 
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Location: Maine/USVI
I really have a hard time with the whole shrink-wrap idea, seeing tons of the stuff laying around in the spring before it heads for landfills.

So I stood on the deck and studied. I ended up going up back in the woods behind the house where I stashed around 100' of old 1.25" ID plastic well pipe. I took the top lifelines off and cut two sections about 16' and inserted each "loop" over the lifeline gate stanchions. Then cut shorter sections for the remaining stanchions. All ribbed up, with a short section of 1" plastic pipe (don't know where that came from) lashed to the pulpit and another piece lashed to the aft end of the pushpit. i went by Lowes and grabbed a 6 pack of cheap spruce strapping and some screws. That ended up as the backbone to the whole thing. Then ran lines from the strapping/pipe junctions down to padeyes and places along the centerline to make the whole thing unable to "lift." Oh, and upright supports at 5 of the "rib" stations. Kinda homely, but no screws to cut tarps or scratch the deck. Cloth under the upright supports - an old blanket cut up.

I have 4 19.5' x 11' tarps. Saturday I'll go down and decide where I'll want to get on the boat once tarped, whether gate or over the pulpit aft. The tarps will get "shingled" one way or the other to prevent water from getting in. Probably start with one at the highest point, and put that over the tarp ends for the pieces that go fore and aft so everything runs off. I took pictures, but . . . I promise to someday load this place up with refit pictures. I've got a million of 'em. But we've turnt the seasonal corner and this kid is almost ready to head home to the Virgin Islands. After I tag out deer season.


 
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 Post subject: Re: Boat Cover
PostPosted: 17 Oct 2019 09:47 
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Well, 60kn winds and sideways rain out of the ENE early this morning. We'll see how my tarp job held up when the sun comes back out tomorrow. Looks like we lost a couple big pines up back of the house, too.


 
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