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Old 08-31-2015, 11:07 AM   #1
City: Juneau
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Vessel Name: Pavane
Vessel Model: CHB 34' 1978 North Sea Trawler
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Build cover for in-water storage

We plan to leave our Pavane in the water this winter, but want to spend time working on the superstructure, patching leaks and working on woodwork (don't worry, I will use a respirator!). A lot of people here in Juneau cover their boats with a PVC frame and heavy reinforced tarp (you buy it in 100-foot rolls). I think they use clamps that attach to the stanchions. We want to do something similar and are talking to neighbors, looking hard at their methods, etc., but I wonder if anyone has done something similar and has a step-by-step list, youtube video, or other reference? I do know from liveaboard neighbors at our last slip to leave openings fore and aft for the wind to move through; if not, you'll lose the cover no doubt.

I dug around on the forum and apologize if this is a repeat, and appreciate being redirected if so.

For those not familiar with Juneau, our winter weather is truly awful. We need to cover for snow anyway but also want to create this little oasis so we can work in dryness while the winter rages outside.


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Old 11-01-2015, 09:29 AM   #2
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Without a custom canvas cover and frame, your best bet is SHRINK WRAP. Up here in the Northeast, it's a common practice to shrink wrap boats, and most marinas have the expertise to wrap a boat, or hire a contractor to do it. It's a do-it-yourself option as well, assuming your marina doesn't object. If do-it-yourself, you can purchase all the materials and tools from several sources (eg Defender, Jamestown). You will need wrap, straps, tape, vents, zippered access hatches, and heat gun. Only down side, shrink wrap is relatively expensive and it's a one-time application. There are tons of Youtube videos showing the process. Here's a link from Jamestown Distributors.


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Old 11-01-2015, 11:01 AM   #3
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I coincidentally just posted about a boat-cover we made. See other thread...
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Old 11-01-2015, 01:39 PM   #4
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Here's a link to a good thread from several years ago on covering our boats.

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Old 11-15-2015, 03:49 PM   #5
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What kind of boat do you have? I do a half wrap around the stern, just enough to wrap in the windows. I then use heavy ribbon to tie off the wrap to the railings on the upper helm. I'm not worried about snow every few weeks I just shovel it off the bow and upper helm.
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