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Published 16.01.2014 | Author : admin | Category : Wooden Skiff Plans

I had a few questions regarding the cockpit, transom and bimini from different people, hopefully these pics will answer some questions. The boat was re wired last year, every accessable wire wast replaced with tinned wire and new connectors.
There is a pecking order in covers, ranging from the custom made and fitted cover at the top to the generic off-the-shelf cover at the bottom. The less expensive, materials are suitable for use when storing the boat under cover, such as in a garage or shed. Having decided where you’ll be storing your boat, you can consider the type of cover you’ll need. At the bottom of the cover food chain is the stock or generic covers sold by many boat stores. One additional thing to check for is an adequate number of vents, especially for the waterproof covers. For every boat with a neatly fitted cover, I probably see a dozen others using the old standby, a blue, silver, green, white or black tarp. Whatever quality tarp you buy, it will need to be longer than the boat, at each end, to be able wrap it around the bow and stern and tuck it into place. Tarps are much harder to properly tie down and are much more subject to flapping in the wind than other types of covers. The boat owner now has several different choices for frame material and some unique frame parts available. To make assembling a conduit frame much easier, there are specially designed clamp systems available. One of the most important factors in a successful winter frame is the elimination of any sharp corners or rough spots on the frame or the boat. If you plan on reusing your frame next year, make sure you properly mark each piece with an identifying mark. 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. Not sure yet, we have a few boats in mind, maybe a Parker 25 that with my 20SF should make a great combo.
These covers are also made for different purposes, it is important to pick the right one for the right job. Like a shrink-wrapped boat, ventilation is necessary to prevent condensation, mold and mildew during the winter storage season.
The constant motion of the tarp and lines from the wind can actually work the boat stands loose, thereby ruining your whole boating experience, not to mention your neighbors. Some of these frames were works of woodworking art, intricately shaped and assembled with precision. Fasten these on the inside of the frame to make pulling the cover over the boat much easier. This tubing is available at any home improvement store, in ten-foot lengths and at a dirt-cheap price. To get WoodenBoat delivered to your door or computer, mobile device of choice, etc, click WB Subscriptions. 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. If you plan on keeping the boat indoors, for example, an inexpensive generic cover would be fine.
Most stores will have some sort of catalog or configuration sheet available, listing the different covers for different configurations of boats, i.e.
This helps snug down the cover on your boat but must be supplemented with additional straps or lines to tie the cover down.
Be sure the boat stands are chained together, side-to-side, to keep them from walking out from under the boat. Frames are also to keep the cover from letting water pool and to allow access to the boat under the cover. Individual lengths of tubing are bent into arches and fastened to stanchions with hose clamps, duct tape or large wire ties. The individual PVC arches may need to be supported in the middle if you are expecting a heavy snow load. The complete system includes protective rubber pads to snap around the Kover Klamps (To protect the tarp from any sharp edges), special connectors for connecting lengths of conduit together and rubber feet to prevent damage to the gelcoat on your deck. Depend on your memory and you’ll be standing among a bunch of parts wondering where they go. 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.

If you are planning on keeping the boat for several years, the cost of a custom cover and decent frame can be amortized over those years and actually cost less than shrink-wrapping.
It would also be nice if the surface texture was at least a little bit slippery to shed snow and ice.
They fit tightly and have robust tie down or fastener systems to prevent flapping and the resultant scuffing of your gelcoat.
Most places selling tarps also have grommet or tarp tie-down fittings to add those extra tie-downs where needed. Other wood frames were cobbled together from furring strips and common lumber and were often discarded at the end of a season.
A video is available from Kover Klamp to take you through the entire process of erecting a conduit frame.
There is nothing like trying to horse a heavy cover or large tarp in place during a snowstorm with a –10 chill factor.
When I checked, I found a PVC frame had broken and allowed water and ice to collect in the cockpit. 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. You may be planning on working on the boat and need decent headroom and easy access to various parts of the deck. An average useful life of eight to ten years can be expected of a well-constructed custom cover built of the best fabric.
A cover will also keep out other critters looking for a cozy home for the winter as well as keep the general dirt and dust out of the inside of the boat.
If you don’t, you risk the cover shredding prematurely or the loose lines scuffing your gelcoat. 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.
Finally, you may have an oddly configured boat that may make shrink-wrapping difficult and a precisely fitted cover more practical. Probably the best gauge of quality now is the weight, the heavier the tarp the better the material. As far as chafe goes, reinforcement for chafe is just part of making any good cover and any fabric should get proper reinforcement. 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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