Marine stores have shrink-wrapping kits available. They contain everything from the film, to the propane heater and even a video of how to do the wrapping. Often several boaters will band together and buy one kit and extra film, splitting the costs. Several things need to be done before the actual shrink-wrapping takes place. All sharp corners should be padded so as not to tear the film.
Carpet scraps or foam taped in place work well. If you have folding antennas, place a length of PVC pipe over them when folded. This will prevent the shrink-wrap film from bonding around the antenna. Vents should be added after the wrap is in place. This allows airflow into the boat and helps prevent mildew and condensation. If you want access to the boats interior, a zippered door is available. We’ve all seen the plastic tarps covering some of the boats in the yard. These tarps are available in a wide variety of sizes and three different materials. Most tarps are made from sheet plastic with some sort of reinforcing grid fused in place.
The blue tarps are the most common, cheapest and shortest lived. A step up from the blue tarps is the white ones. The top performers are the silver/black tarps. While still reinforced plastic, they will hold up for several years, most likely from the improved resistance to UV degradation. Many boats will require some sort of frame to support a winter cover. These frames support the cover above the deck, allowing water, snow and ice to slide off easily. Wood frames are common. Sometimes they are simply tacked together from cheap lumber and torn down in the spring. Often they are elaborate structures, assembled and disassembled year after year.
Care must be taken in attaching the frame to the boat. Both to keep from damaging the boat and to make sure the frame stays in place. Storage on lifts can be the best of both worlds, with most of the advantages of hardstand storage while still allowing you to use your boat when the weather is balmy.A cover is even more important for a boat stored on a lift.
As with boats stored on the hard, the hull is exposed to the air, so make sure to winterize well before the freezing temperatures arrive. Metal is also used for some frames. Electrical conduit is widely available and cheap. Severalcompanies make clamps and accessories to make building the frame even easier. If you have a requirement that we cannot meet from our stocked product.
Then we may be able to manufacture a custom product to your requirement. Another frame option is PVC tubing. Ingenious frames have been designed and it is built using the wide variety of PVC fittings available. Many of the joints are held in place with screws, allowing disassembly and storing in the spring.