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Winter covers for bridge boats

Discussion in 'Winterizing' started by Irie308, Dec 27, 2020.

  1. Irie308

    Irie308 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    May 28, 2013
    CT
    2004 420 Sedan Bridge, GHS Hydraulic Lift
    Dual Raymarine E120W
    AB Mares 10 VSX with 30 hp Tohatsu
    Cummins 450C 8.3 L Turbocharged
    giving serious thought to getting a winter cover for our 42 DB. We winter in the water and the most stressing thing is finding someone to wrap the boat. Either no one wants to do it or no one does it well. If we stored on land it wouldn’t be a problem. But would add about $1800 to our annual cost. Not a big deal but I like wintering in our homeslip. No fuss to get out in the fall or to get in in the spring. In addition we have access to the boat all winter with full shore power. Got a quote for a winter cover that would pay for itself in about 5-6 winters. My question is does anyone have one on a DB and would it be too heavy and cumbersome to put up and down? Not to mention the framing. Have seen different versions of winter covers on a DB but not a full enclosure as I was quoted. As it is now I’d be lucky if my current shrink wrap makes it through the next blow.
     
  2. Havana Shamrock

    Havana Shamrock Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Sep 9, 2008
    L.I. N.Y./ Longboat Key FLA.
    2005 500 DB
    2008 205 Sport
    2011 Nouvarania 360DL
    QSM11's,
    5.0
    40 Yamaha
    Dean I had a neighbor who had a full canvas type cover made for his silverton bridge boat his was a prototype so it was almost free he did mention it’s huge and had to store it. Also takes a few people to put on and off. I guess it depends on how long you plan on keeping the boat I’d keep searching for a shrink wrapper even if you had to pay a little more for them to travel to you.
     
  3. Irie308

    Irie308 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    May 28, 2013
    CT
    2004 420 Sedan Bridge, GHS Hydraulic Lift
    Dual Raymarine E120W
    AB Mares 10 VSX with 30 hp Tohatsu
    Cummins 450C 8.3 L Turbocharged
    Yeah, figured it would be a struggle to put on and off. Seems every year we struggle to find someone to wrap in the water and do a good job. May just bite the bullet and start hauling it. Can’t take the stress of the wrap coming apart.
     
  4. tdschafer

    tdschafer Well-Known Member

    Aug 24, 2009
    Long island , NY
    1997 330 sundancer
    twin 454's, Carb, V-Drives
    Dean,
    Have you looked at Fisher Covers out of New Jersey? I looked into them years ago. From my research the product was heavy & definitely required several people to install but maybe they've come out with lighter materials since then?

    http://www.fishercanvas.com/
     
  5. Spark600

    Spark600 Active Member

    180
    Dec 28, 2013
    Long Island NY
    2008 Sundancer with 496 SeaCore Bravo 3
    Kohler Generator
    Mercury dinghy
    496 SeaCore Bravo 3
    I had Fisher canvas made a cover for my 34' I could put it on and off by myself.
    I newer canvas are a much lighter material,
    They came to my boat took all measurements and when it was done he delivered it to my house.
    The fit was perfect.
     
  6. Quint4

    Quint4 Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    S.W. Ohio
    330 Sport Bridge (Sold)
    5.7 MPI 350 Merc Bluewaters
    Here is a Fisher cover on a 36' Carver. It is made from WeatherMax material. Awesome stuff and much lighter than the older covers.

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  7. Havana Shamrock

    Havana Shamrock Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Sep 9, 2008
    L.I. N.Y./ Longboat Key FLA.
    2005 500 DB
    2008 205 Sport
    2011 Nouvarania 360DL
    QSM11's,
    5.0
    40 Yamaha
    Quint, how do you feel about the covers beating on the gel coat all winter do you think it would be a porblem? Shrink wrap is pretty taught especially at the water line. I had little stand offs to keep the shrink wrap from touching the hull during winter. What’s your experience?
     
  8. Quint4

    Quint4 Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    S.W. Ohio
    330 Sport Bridge (Sold)
    5.7 MPI 350 Merc Bluewaters
    Not an issue that I've heard of. On that note, I would try to tension the cover as best as possible to deter and flapping etc. (Flags wear out because they flap!).
     
  9. Irie308

    Irie308 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    May 28, 2013
    CT
    2004 420 Sedan Bridge, GHS Hydraulic Lift
    Dual Raymarine E120W
    AB Mares 10 VSX with 30 hp Tohatsu
    Cummins 450C 8.3 L Turbocharged
    Yes, my quote is for a fisher cover. I think the weight will be around 125-150 lbs for the 2 pieces. They have an 8oz and a 12 oz material. The heavier material is cheaper for some reason. “Noted life expectancy is 8-10 years with some people getting up to 15-20”
     
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  10. HardHead

    HardHead Member

    56
    Jan 9, 2015
    Kent Island Maryland
    1996 Sea Ray 370 Sundancer
    Previous boats:270 Sea Ray, 230 Sea Ray
    Twin 454 Mercruiser Inboards
    Fischer makes a very good product. They have a proven product. I myself made my own cover using army duck material. Very lightweight when dry (that's the key). It weighs approximately 1lb per yard dry. I used 125 yards, therefore the entire cover is 125lbs dry. But you won't handle the entire weight at one time. So far I've had it for 7 years. Love it!!
     

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  11. Irie308

    Irie308 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    May 28, 2013
    CT
    2004 420 Sedan Bridge, GHS Hydraulic Lift
    Dual Raymarine E120W
    AB Mares 10 VSX with 30 hp Tohatsu
    Cummins 450C 8.3 L Turbocharged
    That’s a nice tight fit. Looks great!
     

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