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Old 10-21-2020, 07:09 PM
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Whats your experience for winter storage?

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Old 10-21-2020, 07:52 PM
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get a Fisher Winter Storage Cover. I can help you with that. darren@pmwinterboatcovers.com
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Old 10-23-2020, 12:31 PM
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I build a frame out of pvc pipe. Then throw a heavy duty tarp over it and tie down..
After 13 years bought a new tarp this year. A whole lot less expensive than shrink wrapping.

Get a decent tarp no harbor freight cheapy.
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Old 10-23-2020, 06:20 PM
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Custom Fischer winter cover, cost me $800 back in 2004 sets up in a 1/2 hr, stripped off in spring in 1/2 hr. Had it modified in November 2019 to accommodate a radar, and a few minor repairs. Well worth the price.
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I hate the cost of shrink wrapping that you just toss when spring hts. I have been told you can reuse the wrap, but I haven’t experienced that just yet.
I have 2 boats. One is a 20’ center console and the other 25’ Sea Ray with a hardtop. Last winder I decided to try shrinkwrapping the big one myself. It wasn’t to bad. Just boring as all hell! Kinda of like watching paint dry on steroids. Since I bought a roll of shrink wrap, I will do the big one again this year. I will at least have my ear buds in this year.
The smaller boat I tried making a frame and wrap it with a tarp. Since I wanted to be able to take the frame apart when not in use I didn’t glue the pvc. Big mistake. I think like the second wind storm the front half of my frame came apart. So when I finally got to the boat, I had a very large ice cube in the bow. The rest of the frame held up pretty good though.
I used a HF tarp on the little boat. It is going on like year 4. But this wasn’t the cheapest one they have. I think I got their top of the line tarp. So it was a bit expensive. For a tarp. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to use it again this year be a use some of the grommets have come out.

Another option I have looked at is the “pop up shelters”. They look like they may work nice, but my boats are parked on a fair slope, so I would need to level that out with 2x4’s or something like that.

The last option is a metal canopy. A friend has this option at his house, but once again, I would need to level the ground somehow.

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So to answer the question of your post name. I would seriously look into the canvas option. I seem to remember when first wrapping the big boat it was running like $550. Last time before doing it myself it was $700.

The canvas option would have been around $2k.

So if I had it to do over. Canvas

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Thanks all. I hate all the waste associated with shrink wrap and I suspect a canvas cover would pay for itself in a couple of years. I was able to re-use the shrink wrap on our last boat for 2-3 seasons, but the new boat has a tower so I dont see that happening.

Cover Guy-I am in need of several covers. Both of our RVs need new covers this year in addition to the boat. Can we set up a time for a call?

Please PM me. Thx, Bill
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I'm trying a DIY shrink wrap this year with a zipper door to do work over the winter. I'm only doing it because my buddy bought all the stuff because I let him store his boat at my house all winter.
Otherwise I'd be using a tarp probably. It worked ok for my last boat.
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Even a cheaper canvas that's a semi custom or stock fit saves $$$ on the shrink wrapping. Not only that, keeps the plastic out to the dump. If you get one that has a 3-5 year warranty on it, and it blows out in 3-4 years due to weather....you get a new one and your ahead of the game. Im on my second canvas from sealskin products....6th year with them. My wallet isn't complaining.
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Canvas. This has 22 winters on it and in another month and a half, it will be 23.
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Fischer is great. Family owned .
Custom boat covers - Winter Boat Covers - Fisher Canvas Burlington NJ
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Tarp, if you ever need access while in storage...
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Originally Posted by Murray01 View Post
Tarp, if you ever need access while in storage...
You can get a zippered door put in the canvas, I did. I have a heater buddy under there and work on it all winter long.
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I had a Fischer Canvas on my last boat and I can't say anything but great things about working with "Cover Guy" AKA Darren and Fischer, great cover great service. My only issue is that I sold the boat after 2 years so I'm not sure if I got my "Money out of it" the cover went to the new buyer I'm sure he is happy.

I also bought a separate less expensive cover for our 21 foot boat and it worked out great.

For the second boat we used to tarp it, after building an A frame in year 1 and just dealing with all of the lashing of the tarp climbing under to tie it etc, etc for 10 years it took 2 guys probably 2-3 hours to put the tarp on now with the cover it takes 10-15 minutes and even better 5-10 minutes to put it away. After using tarps for 10 years I can say this: "Tarps or for people that don't know any better or value their time at $0.00", yes I was a stupid TARPER for 10 years now I'm a reformed recovering Tarper.

I "Plan" to keep this boat for a while but honestly I could be out of it in 3-5 or 15 years I have no idea so I'm looking into shrink wrap and saving it for future years or a less expensive cover than Fischer, that I know can pay for itself in 2 years.
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I bought a Taylor Made custom cover for my 88 FW H-200 in 2007. I made an internal frame for it and its worked out well all these years. Ive never actually shrink wrapped this boat.
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Originally Posted by Murray01 View Post
Tarp, if you ever need access while in storage...
I can get into mine with the custom fit canvas just by loosening the cinch around the bottom of the cover

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