Hey Gang,Whats your toon cover solution for the winter?Ive mastered my poles now and they work great for rain, but the slope is only steep enough for rain.
Before I got new barn in winter I removed my Bimini frame and stored it under my shed roof. I got some realy cheap fabric and made a full size mock up using a paper stapler and hotmelt glue. I took this to a local upholstry shop who had some Sunbrella left over from a previous job.
Sorry for all of the questions, I have no practical experience with any covers except the 'blue' tarps on my previous ol' glass runabout.
Denier is kind of a misleading reference term for cover fabric (though it wouldn't surprise me if it's all they give you in the catalog descriptions). Unfortunately, other than a general indication of the fabric's weight, the denier figure doesn't really tell you much of anything about it's in-use characteristics or its suitability as cover fabric. Especially in the case of wooden boats, breathability is probably just as critical in a cover as waterproofness. If you go the pre-manufactured route, the most obvious indicators of the quality of the cover are generally the price and how long the guarantee is good for.
The Cabelas covers are designed for fiberglass boats, and fit relatively tightly around the edges.
I have been using the 8oz poly tarps in the link below for a couple years and they are working well so far. Thorne, That is the cover I was looking at, I couldn't remember if commercial links were OK or not, thanks.
I'd go with the heaviest sunbrella that I could afford with grommets every foot, plenty of room around the outside for air and save all your one gallon milk cartons and fill with water and toggle them to the grommets. ReasonI ask is because I've always gone the shrinkwrap route, but this year, Idecided to follow Megabyte's approach and build a woodframe and coverwith tarps. After paying 200 bucks for something I threw away in the spring I decided to build a woodframe and tarp apparatus this year.
I used a tarp and strapping last year, but the strapping broke at a knot and my deck got a snow-filled tarp in it. This year I built a tent frame out of 2x3's and strapping, and everything seems to be OK so far. Ensure that the tarp is fully secured to the metal rails of the boat, and that the rods are fully extended and locked in place.
I know when i get hammered with 3 feet of snow it taint gonna work.Im thinking of running a rope length wise about 10 foot above the toon, tied to 2 trees and draping a tarp over that.

I have one of the full covers that snap onto the rails and has 5 adjustable poles to lift it up along the centerline. Liberals are complete mouth breathing idiots.I shanked my lover because hoes kept stealing my taco's. The PVC deformed under the heat, can't remember the span between the tee's but think it was about 6 ft.
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Trapping moisture under a cover that won't let it out once the weather clears is a formula for mildew and rotten wood. These places aren't going to guarantee a cover for five years against sun burnout if it's going to be toast in three years, and the fabric that will last that long won't be cheap. Whether you're researching a new boat, or are a seasoned Captain, you'll find The Hull Truth Boating & Fishing Message Forum contains a wealth of information from Boaters and Sportfishermen around the world. After many hours of swearing etc I finally had something that vaguely resembled a cover for my 20' Grady. It helps protect the electronics on-board by keeping them dry, prevents mold buildup on the deck and in the upholstery, and it also reduces the cleanup come moderate temperatures. Many pontoon boats are made to support a tarp for storage purposes, and these metal button snaps will attach the tarp to the rails securely. Most pontoon boats have pre-installed supports for metal rods that when installed, raise the midsection of the tarp to prevent water buildups that may cause the tarp to collapse.
If the tarp has any extra support ropes, tie them securely to the boat's trailer to further ensure that the tarp does not collapse due to weather issues. That way the steepness of the angle would be high enough to shed the snow.What do you all do and I want Pics!
I have since taken down the fabric weather guard (on the left side) it sucked and looked like hell.
If your cover fits well enough that you aren't getting pooling, a good breathable acrylic or polyester fabric cover shouldn't leak much at all and will allow moisture to pass out when the rain stops and the sun comes out. I would lean toward the heaviest polyester or acrylic I can find (like the 600d stuff in this case) and get the one that's guaranteed longest.
If the cover prevents water getting into the boat - assuming a trailor daysailer with mast stored horizontally forming the apex ridge - would the vents not provide enough air circulation in order to prevent mildew and rot conditions? 600 denier made by the same folks that make Sunbrella) and the coating means that it's not going to breathe as well as Sunbrella. We had way too much tarpmaterial hanging belowthe chines, making a lot of the grommetsunusable.

When securing a tarp to a pontoon boat, it is important to ensure that it is done properly to prevent water seepage or a collapse due to weight.
If no support snaps exist on the pontoon boat, consider speaking with the boat's dealer about having these installed, and to purchase a tarp that works with the snaps.
Many of these support rods are also made to work with the boat's tarp to prevent damage to the tarp and to ensure that the poles remain secure.
Theoretically, it should have twice the tensile strength, maybe twice the abrasion resistance and most likely reduced elongation when placed under tension. A cover setup similar to what is shown in Get's post #2 above, but with attachment directly to points below the gunwale on the boat. I had an opening to reach around the mast so in the tropics it was suspended above the boom with the edges just about boom level with lines holding th water filled jugs, it survived some good winds. So we had to workhard to get it rolled up and attach some ofthose gripper clips in the tarp material. If the boat was supplied with these rods, secure the tarp to the side rails of the boat, then insert the rods into the deck and extend them vertically as far as possible without tearing the tarp. For rough reference, typical ripstop nylon and polyester, like you might see on a down jacket are around 70 denier. It is tough stuff and polyester is generally more abrasion resistant than acrylics like Sunbrella, but for wooden boats I want something more breathable. As far as chafe goes, reinforcement for chafe is just part of making any good cover and any fabric should get proper reinforcement. Sorry, I have no pics of me on a ladder, freezing my butt off, trying to stay ahead of the snowfall. This method shed snow just fine when we had snow.The 20' width was perfect to fit just below rub rails on outside of floor. Backpack fabric is about 400 denier and ballistic nylon is around 800 denier, so your 600d cover is probably a pretty substantial piece of fabric. Chafe may not wear through the coated polyester fabrics like SurLast and Top Gun as quickly, but it will wear off the coating that's on the inside in short order.

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