[Public-list] Boat Cover Frame Suggestions

Gordon Laco mainstay at csolve.net
Wed Nov 24 08:39:01 PST 2004

Hi Bob - 

I use 2x4 and 1x4 wood for my frame - over the years I have developed a
belief that the secret to a successful frame is the creation of a steep
angle so that the snow tends to slide off.

We set up a rakish frame that is higher at the stern and lower at the bow -
and we remove the lifeline stanchions to create straight angle to the rail
from the ridge.  To support the tarp along the sides we lace rope hauled
taught by leading it to the winches.

At the stern (which is higher to make getting in easier) we make our
patented "anus" of rope lacing - again, that facilitates entry in the

One tradition we have invariably followed is to wait until a solid heavy
snowfall occurs; that guarrantees that the work of setting things up is
miserable. Ha ha.

By the way we are still in the water - I am going to hold out until December
and hope to do one more overnighter...

Gord #426  

> I have a rickety wooden frame now, which requires a lot of time and patience
> to assemble.
> I'm in Nova Scotia, lots of snow and very cold winter temperatures. (Good
> for DN ice sailing)
> There are metal frame solutions from various suppliers, (expensive) but I'm
> looking for a DIY solution.
> Would a "U" shaped PVC frame work in my area to support a tarp?
> (With closely spaced frames and PVC ridge pole)
> Does PVC have problems cracking in the cold?
> What size PVC pipe?
> Does anyone use this type of frame in cold, heavy snowfall areas?
> Any other suggestions would be appreciated.
> Thanks,
> Bob Crinion
> Nova Scotia
> A30 #560
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