This year took us about 2 half days, which I think is the current speed record.
Our current protocol (updated every year):
- a framework of pvc pipe is installed to hold up the plastic. Hoops are formed by bending the pipe across the top of the boat
- reinforced polyethylene sheeting is put over the hoops, cut to size, and stapled to a row of wooden battens along the bottom (just under the cap rail)
- straps are run under the keel in several places to pull down on the plastic
- a door, windows, and a stovepipe are added
The first day we got the pvc skeleton (which we reused from last year) in place. We also got the cover on in front of the mast.
|The framework. The bent pipes fit into another pipe running along the deck of the boat.|
|The first day. The rain tarp is back on for the night, and I think it looks a bit like a covered wagon.|
|The finished product. Ernie is really a master at getting the plastic tight and even. Our cover always looks the best.|
So the cover is on, and my car is at the shop waiting for snow tires. We are just about ready for winter, although we haven't had any snow yet.