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cameron

DIY boat cover

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Up on the hard to do a lot of work this winter. Anybody ever made a 'roof' over their boat? I don't want to go all the way to the ground, but I do want to be able to stand or nearly stand up. 37' on deck, 10'-6" beam. This is in the PNW and wet is a larger concern than wind.

 

Thanks.

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There are portable garages that may be able to be altered for height. Basically, a big tent.

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There are lots of folks on the cold half of the continent who do this every year. Basically, a backbone of 2x4's supported by struts, PVC pipe or similar bent over those and tied off to the stanchions/toerail/slow neighbors, then heavy tarps over that. Make tiedowns wherever you want in the tarp by lashing golf balls into a pocket in the tarp. You can get glue-in zippers and vents to customize.

 

There's enough wind in the PNW on occasion that you'll want to make sure the assembly doesn't blow your boat over onto someone else's toy. :blink:

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What Ishmael said

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Pull the mast and put in a boathouse. Warmer in winter and cooler in summer.

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As usual, Practical sailor isn't very practical... ;)

 

Can be real simple. PVC pipe is cheap and bends nicely.

Very large tarps can be had for relative cheap from Harbor Freight, or heavy duty clear plastic from Home Despot..

some ideas:

http://www.pearsoninfo.net/10m/cover/cover_frame_4.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m296/mikeraehl/RJ%20III/IMG_0269.jpg

http://doorgarden.com/images/green-house/hoophouse-greenhouse-67.JPG

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