No matter what size the ship, in northern states, boats need protection while they hibernate.
Today, shrink wrapping is the most popular method of boat storage, providing a range of advantages over loose canvas.
Wrapping is done by covering the boat with plastic sheets made of thick and durable vinyl that can handle all weather and temperature conditions. Once covered, it is "shrink fitted" by being blasted with a heat gun that shrinks it to the ship's contours.
So covered, the boat is protected from winter storms, driving rain, blowing dirt, and other contaminants without having to be expensively housed in a garage. It also provides insulation from extreme temperatures and UV rays. Equally important is it keeps critters, such as cats, rodents, birds, snakes, and insects from entering the boat—something that cannot be guaranteed when using loose canvas or no covering at all.
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Pictured here is the Tarnhelm's hybehibernation cycle, from December 2022 when it was covered, to March 2023, when Phil cut a door into the plastic so he could get it ready for the cruising season.
May the tides be with you, 1st Mate, Karen Little
November 2022 - getting ready to have the Tarnhelm lifted out of the water at Patsy's Bay Marina in Stoney Point, New York.
December 2022 - The Tarnhelm all snugged up with shrink wrap. Captain Phil is looking pleased!
December 2022 - Yes, there the Tarnhelm is in all her nicely-fitted, white glory!
March 2023 - The Tarnhelm is now open and almost ready to have the shrink wrap removed to get ready for the cruising season.
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May the tides be with you!
First Mate, Karen Little