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How much snow can shrink wrap hold?

Discussion in 'Winterizing' started by JPF, Jan 18, 2019.

  1. JPF

    JPF New Member

    Jan 18, 2019
    1989 Sea Ray 268
    Hello everyone, first post. I have a 1989 Sea Ray 268 on a trailer, covered with shrink wrap. Located off Lake Erie on Catawba Island, Ohio. We are expecting 8-10 inches of snow over the weekend. Just how much snow can shrink wrap hold? Should I be concerned? I'm about an hour away and could make the trip on Monday if needed to clear it off.
  2. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    I imagine the integrity of the shrink wrap is very much a function of how it was installed. Did you have a pro do it and did they setup some supports in key areas? If an experienced pro did the job I wouldn't think twice about it. Let it snow....

    And if you're going to have temps like us in Michigan this weekend (pretty darn cold) that snow is going to be light and easily blown around. 10" of light fluffy stuff is better than 4" of the heavy nasty.
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  3. Captn TJ

    Captn TJ Active Member

    Sep 19, 2017
    Catawba Island, Oh
    2005 280DA
    Raymarine E80
    5.0 with Bravo 3
    Current forecast as of this morning is 3-7" for CI with very strong winds and cold temps. I wouldn't worry too much unless there is a break in the shrink wrap. If you have a break and the boat is out in the open then it's game over with the forecast winds. What's unusual about this storm is that the 35-45 mph winds will be out of the northeast. We generally don't get northeasterlies here til May. Crazy weather.
  4. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    Are you suggesting Ohio weather forecasters have the ability to predict the weather greater than 12 hours ahead?

    A Michigan forecast for 3-7" generally means a light dusting. Or an ice storm. Or thunder snow. It can be hard to interpret at times.
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  5. northshore

    northshore Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jan 17, 2011
    Cleveland, OH
    1989 340 Sundancer
    Raymarine E90W Radar/Chartplotter
    Twin 454 Mercruiser 340's
    Sounds like Michigan weather forecasters and Ohio weather forecasters have much in common.
  6. Captn TJ

    Captn TJ Active Member

    Sep 19, 2017
    Catawba Island, Oh
    2005 280DA
    Raymarine E80
    5.0 with Bravo 3
    They're probably as accurate as the Michigan forecasters. Having lived here for about 12 yrs; what's unusual about Catawba Island is that many times the storms will split and go either to the north or south of us. FYI Catawba is a derivation of an Indian word and means split winds. While the storms might deviate the winds generally do not - hence my point about the 35-45 mph winds shredding the shrink wrap if there's an opening.
  7. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
    This is listed in my signature
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    tiara in the snow 01.JPG There could be a thread on the various ways owners cover their boats. Some are pretty hilarious. I may get my camera out after a couple of good winter wind storms.
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  8. yobub

    yobub Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Jul 29, 2016
    1998 400 Sundancer
    Cat 3116's
    This is on the mark. I've done my own shrink wrap for several years now. The support structure, angles in the cover, and span that will hold the weight are all factors. If you have good support and good angles you will be fine. Shrink wrap gets really slippery and the snow can just slide off with the right angles and support.

    I would definately recommend checking on it if you can. We are expecting 6-10", so I am going to check on mine. With a broom you can easily push the snow off if needed to help the process.

    Also, if you used blue shrink wrap, the dark color will help the melting process.
  9. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Active Member

    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River
    1991 250 Sundancer & Goplus 7.5' / 2.6hp outboard.
    Previous: 180BR, 220DA, 268DA, 250DA, 268DA
    7.4 Bravo 1
    So glad i left Cleveland in January '86. Best boating in the world on the Chesapeake and aint seen measurable snow in 5 years, a cockpit / mooring cover works for winter here.
  10. Buckeye Boater

    Buckeye Boater Active Member

    Jun 19, 2007
    Wooster, OH
    215 Weekender 2006
    Merc 5.0 MPI 260 HP
    And we’re talking about winter in the first week of August, why?
  11. Soulshine

    Soulshine Well-Known Member

    Sep 25, 2016
    Seneca Lake, NY
    '83 SRV 360 Express
    Twin Merc. 454

  12. Maggieiscrazy

    Maggieiscrazy Active Member

    Oct 14, 2016
    Northern Wisconsin
    240 Sundancer
    5.0. Bravo III
    The kids and I look forward to winter (not so much the wife) we love snowmobiling. Winter is our favorite time of year.

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