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Waanderlust Project | Thursday, October 7, 2010

After picking up the supplied I needed, I spent the day building a frame to support the outdoor cover, and finished up other weatherproofing preparations, such as covering the open deadlights and hatches with plastic and tape.

I built a simple frame of dimensional lumber secured with lines to the boat.  Of prime importance was the need to keep the tarp away from the paint, as tarps abrade painted boats.  To that end, I installed flexible plastic conduit bows which, when tensioned with a line running between the bottoms of the bows (not yet tensioned but shown in the last photo) and in conjunction with additional lines secured to tent stakes outdoors, would keep the tarp away from the hull and deck during the storage period.  The plastic bows don't support any weight and are intended only as spacers for the tarp.   I'd used this system on various boats over the past 10 years or so.

Installing the bottom tensioning lines would get in the way of the trailer, so for the moment I  left the bows loose, awaiting final tensioning till the boat was outdoors, when I'd also install the tarp.


Total Time Billed on This Job Today:  7.25 hours

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