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Old 10-05-2018, 01:27 AM   #1
City: Rocky Hill, CT.
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Covering my 30 Pilot II hardtop for the Winter

What are you other owners doing for covering the boat in Winter months?

The all around / anchor light mast seems it will present a problem.

Thanks in advance for your input.

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Old 10-05-2018, 04:50 AM   #2
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Not sure where you store the boat but building a winter shed will be a real luxury if you can do so. I built mine for under $1,000 in materials and never looked back. They just back the boat in at end of year.

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Old 10-05-2018, 06:04 AM   #3
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Covering, with shrink wrap usually, keeps snow from filling the cockpit and potentially plugging the scuppers so it floods when it gets a rain thaw. Also snow sitting on the decks will slowly melt and potentially run down around the stanchions into cracks in the gel coat and freeze, crack and repeat until it gets into the core.

But I just shrinkwrapped the back half of my Pilot 34. Avoids the stuff on the roof, but the shrink wrappers can handle that if you want to do the whole thing.

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Old 10-05-2018, 10:55 AM   #4
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Custom cover or shrink wrap. $3000.00 for custom fit cover or $600.00 to700.00 for shrink wrap with access panel / door. Use wood frame or PVC pipe for frame. I used shrink wrap for several years and found a deal on a custom cover. Did not like the idea of paying for plastic that you throw away in the spring. You do need to cover your investment. Being in CT I would go with shrink wrap and a high frame to keep the snow sliding off.
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