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wingman

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Securing winter cover while in slip
« on: August 26, 2021, 09:25:22 AM »

I inherited a nice winter cover from the PO for when the boat is on the hard (see pic).

Planning to keep the boat in the slip this winter. Iíve got ablative paint and would like to try and get another year out of it and I think the constant rubbing of the lines around the hull would probably wear it off.

Anyone with similar cover found a good way to secure it without the lines around the hull? Iíve of course seen all kinds of weights but have always wondered how well they work in a good wind.

The cover can be secured at the bow and stern without looping around the hull and I count seven grommets on each side that I could hang a gallon milk jug full of water. So 7 pounds each for a total of 49 pounds on each side. Doesnít seem like much weight.

Thoughts?

(My next post will be about de-icers :D)
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Re: Securing winter cover while in slip
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2021, 12:07:00 PM »

If you post your home port you will get a much better answer.  A lot different if the boat is in the Chesapeake vrs Lake Superior or Maine.
Just trying to help,
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Re: Securing winter cover while in slip
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2021, 02:11:31 PM »

Wing : I've seen a boat in the slip covered with your type of cover that used small sand bags to weight down the cover skirt.  I'd first make sure that the shirt is long enough to go below the rub-rail so it would act as a buffer (Stand off) from the hull.

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Re: Securing winter cover while in slip
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2021, 03:37:11 PM »

Jim, home port is mid-Chesapeake on Herring Bay.

Ron, the cover goes over the rub rail (wasn't installed properly in photo).

I guess my real question is how much weight is needed to keep the cover from blowing away and if there are any other considerations I need to think about.
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Re: Securing winter cover while in slip
« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2021, 04:18:53 PM »

Wing : That is a problematical question that depends on how many bags you attach!   On land I use 1/2 Gal milk bottles (approx 5/6 lbs ea) about 3 ft apart.

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Re: Securing winter cover while in slip
« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2021, 05:00:01 AM »

I donít think the type of cover influences the tie down unless it completely envelopes the hull. Otherwise there will always be contact between the hull and tie downs if you donít offset them like you propose. Iíve had homemade covers of varying coverage as well as my current Fairclough, both tied down across the hull, and have always had ablative paint. No lose of paint. Maybe some light scuffing but nothing that impacted the paint. For my homemade covers I used clothesline cotton line. My Fairclough came with nylon lines. No difference. I would be more concerned with the cover grommets scratching the hull. Be sure to have some backing on them.
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Re: Securing winter cover while in slip
« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2021, 02:13:18 PM »

All : I have tie down nylon loops instead of metal grommets.  That way the cover hangs straight down and nothing touches the hull below the rub-rail!!

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Re: Securing winter cover while in slip
« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2021, 04:56:22 PM »

I have a similar cover but mine is above the rub rail.  I tie down the bow and stern.  Hang 4 gallon jugs off each side. 

Tie off the bow to the anchor cleat.
Hang 1 gallon off each side halfway between the bow and 1st standing rigging.
2nd gallon somewhere between the standing rigging.
I'll also take a bungy cord and go through 1-2 grommets mid ships and tie them off to the lifeline stanchions
When I get to the cockpit I hang 2 gallon jugs each side at the start and end of the cockpit
Stern gets tied off on the stern pulpit.

I'm in New England.  Been doing this for the last 9 years.  Never had an issue.  Been on the boat in February, working, during  strong blow and the cover barely lifts.  The gallon jugs really hold it down.
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