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Old 02-10-2019, 11:04 PM   #21
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I've got a covered slip with no spiders, brackish waters and good light. My favorite time in the slip is during a good rainstorm. It's always dry and protected with water cascading just aft of the swimstep.

Gotta love a dry boat!
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Old 02-11-2019, 01:18 AM   #22
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I've an open berth and have spiders, and am located just hundreds of yards from FlyWright's covered slip. The height (33 feet) of this Coot excludes the possibility of a covered berth ... but have greater VHF range than shorter boats like FlyWright.
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Old 02-11-2019, 04:44 AM   #23
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I've an open berth and have spiders, and am located just hundreds of yards from FlyWright's covered slip. The height (33 feet) of this Coot excludes the possibility of a covered berth ... but have greater VHF range than shorter boats like FlyWright.


I can lend you my sawzall if youíd like. Then youíll fit under the covered slip. Just kidding! Thatís a beautiful boat youíve got there! Thank you for the reply.
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Old 02-11-2019, 06:58 AM   #24
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Hereís how I see it. A covered slip to me (while a little more expensive), may prevent me from having to pull my boat out of the water for 25% of the year. I live off the Chesapeake Bay at Solomons Island. Iíd save on a haul out, shrink wrapping, and if i switch from single season to something longer lasting, I wouldnít have to pull my boat out of the water every year just to paint. With a yearly short haul to replace zincs and inspect running gear, what are your opinions? My gel coat should last longer out of the sun as well. I see many benefits.

We had a covered slip when we were in FL, and I liked it well enough. It was usually cooler in the shade... but then the shed was also old, no shed maintenance going on, the metal roof was rusting so we had bits of that from time to time. Can't remember any particular issue with spiders.

But the real reason I'm chiming in is to mention that we just leave the boat in the water over most winters. (As do many others around here.) Short haul for inspection, hull cleaning/waxing, bottom paint when necessary, and zincs. No extra cost for either winter storage or covered slip. Doesn't seem to have hurt the boat...

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We had a covered slip when we were in FL, and I liked it well enough. It was usually cooler in the shade... but then the shed was also old, no shed maintenance going on, the metal roof was rusting so we had bits of that from time to time. Can't remember any particular issue with spiders.



But the real reason I'm chiming in is to mention that we just leave the boat in the water over most winters. (As do many others around here.) Short haul for inspection, hull cleaning/waxing, bottom paint when necessary, and zincs. No extra cost for either winter storage or covered slip. Doesn't seem to have hurt the boat...



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Exactly what I want to hear. Of course the difference here is cold weather. My engine room already has a built-in heater. Although Iíve never used it, I think Iíll check it out, and that might come in handy during future winter seasons to keep the temperature above freezing.
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I've not ever used a heater. Sometimes a single incandescent light bulb on a time inside the saloon...

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Old 02-11-2019, 09:48 AM   #27
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We’ve got a pretty good deal on a 50ft covered slip. They’re kinda hard to get here . I can float the dinghy next to the boat,everything stays dry and we have room to grow if the opportunity ever comes up.
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Old 02-11-2019, 09:52 AM   #28
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You will be the one who has to decide what is best for you. I am in a covered slip on Barkley Lake in KY and we prefer covered to open for the same reasons a previously mentioned. The orientation of my slip, the sun comes up from the starboard aft and sets over the Port bow. I don't get much direct sunlight due to the coverage. I especially like being covered during foul weather. You can enjoy your boat and move around on the docks during a rain storm. No snow load or freezing rain during winter months. We live about an hour from the boat so we are able to use the boat or just go down and check on the boat during any kind of weather. Someone mentioned that you can have some dock box storage on the walkways which is nice. Overall I choose covered. I have been on uncovered transient docks during rainstorms and you are pretty much held captive.
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No snow load or freezing rain during winter months.

That reminds me, there have been a few shed collapses around here from snow loads. Not immediately recently; maybe within the last 5-10 years, though. Seems to me most were upper Chesapeake, eastern side. Georgetown? Or somewhere else on the Sassafras River? Tolchester?

Can't remember, but the topic would probably submit to Mr. Google.

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Old 02-11-2019, 10:27 AM   #30
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With all the talk about cored hulls, pretty much all FRP boats are cored above the waterline. Deck penetrations typically aren't given the consideration that below the waterline penetrations are. The end result is rain water rots coring above the waterline just like saltwater below. Being covered not only protects from sun damage but also from even more damaging rain.... Covered all the way especially in the PNW
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In my area;
Wax lasts much longer
Hull growth much slower
Seems to be less window condensation
Eising glass takes less of a beating
Canvas ought to last a lot longer
A/C runs less
And the obvious one on the Texas Gulf Coast, Way cooler in the hottest part of the summer.
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Remember that your satellite TV will not work under a roof where it cannot see the satellite. Also, when buying a boat kept under a roof, be aware that you won’t find the leaks until you get out from under and let the rain come down onto the boat. Usually after the sale is long completed.......

It was not until we left the covered slip that we discovered several leaks: one through the hinge screws on the hatch from poop deck to boat deck and another at a galley window. They were not hard to fix, but being under a roof meant there was no visible water mark or damage to indicate they were there during the survey. It was also a royal PITA to get the KVH dish upgraded and to get the Dish Network up and running. This involved relocating to a transient slip for multiple days several different times over several weeks to get it all sorted.

None of this is a big deal, but it is something to keep in mind if shopping a boat that lives under a roof.
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Thank you for all of the input. I am dead set on a covered slip now.
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That reminds me, there have been a few shed collapses around here from snow loads. Not immediately recently; maybe within the last 5-10 years, though. Seems to me most were upper Chesapeake, eastern side. Georgetown? Or somewhere else on the Sassafras River? Tolchester?

Can't remember, but the topic would probably submit to Mr. Google.

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Chris, the roof of one of the sheds at Bohemia Bay (extreme upper Eastern Shore) collapsed in 2010. We were there in 2014 and the job they did rebuilding it was impressive.

https://www.cecildaily.com/news/loca...cc4c03286.html
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Yep, that sounds familiar, was probably one of the events I was half-remembering...

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Satellite TV works great in a covered slip if you move the antenna dome from the radar arch to the front of the boat. Sissie points south while in her slip. I probably will get lots of looks and comments but that is OK with me.
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