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Old 11-21-2016, 06:22 AM
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This may be a bit of a stretch for this forum but I am not sure where else to put it.

The questuin is; when shrink wrapping the boat for winter storage, what does one need to do to protect the radar dome? I can't imagine that having the shrink wrap resting directly on the dome can be good for it.


What do you folks do? Am I overthinking this??
Old 11-21-2016, 06:28 AM
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I see so many damaged domes, both radar and sat tv, from the shrinkwrappers applying heat to them. The domes melt like candles.
Old 11-21-2016, 06:29 AM
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Some people choose to shrink wrap around the radar and mount. others will build a wooden frame to provide a backbone like support that runs higher than the radar to protect it. These also tend to give a steeper slope so snow is less likely to accumulate. Mine was just shrink wrapped on top last year. We barely got any snow due to the mild winter.
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Take it off? It's 4 bolts and a pair of cables.
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I just put the cover over it. Not shrink wrapped, just a tarp but it's pulled tight across. As long as they don't put heat right on it can't see how it could be damaged.
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I would agree with removing it if the cable is detachable because the dome actually breathes. If the weight of snow pushes down on the dome the pressure relief / vent valve / breather will suck in moist air when the snow thaws and the weight reduces. This then condenses into water in places not good when the day cools down. You can prove this by pushing down on the dome and listening for a hissing sound. Store it in a dry area for piece of mind as an hours labour now will save an expensive hour later.

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