Boat cover support

Discussion in 'Boat Tips' started by chuck99, Mar 30, 2007.

  1. chuck99

    chuck99 New Member

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    I got tired of rain saging and stretching my boat cover. Built this with 3/4 inch PVC, 1/2 inch will sag. It is in three parts, so 1 person can take it on and put it in. Any rub points were padded with hot water pipe insulation kept in place with cable ties. Has been through hurricane winds and rain, well, what you get 120 miles inland. I used PVC t's, 90's and 45's. Just use your imagination, can be applied to 12 jon boats up to pontoon boats.
     

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  2. porboy

    porboy New Member

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    Great idea,
    Thanks
    Bill
     

  3. Whistler

    Whistler Well-Known Member

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    Chuck, very similar to what I use on the pontoon. Post some specs and couple more pics and I'll add this to our library. If you haven't seen our libray take a look at the link below. Thanks Chuck for sharing a great idea!

    http://www.catfish1.com/forums/showthread.php?t=38576
     
  4. chuck99

    chuck99 New Member

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    Will do...........may take a couple of day, have to work Saturday afternoon, Sunday afternoon and evening.
     
  5. BIG GEORGE

    BIG GEORGE New Member

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    Now that is impressive! Thanx for the idea. Could have sure used somethin like that this past winter.
     
  6. Whistler

    Whistler Well-Known Member

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    No problem Chuck, no hurry. Please shoot me a PM when you get it posted. I'll do the rest. Thanks!
     
  7. Pastor E

    Pastor E New Member

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    Thats cool Chuck great idea:cool2:
     
  8. blackhorse83

    blackhorse83 New Member

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    I have been using pcv for a while now to hold my cover up but it doesn't look like that! That is really neet, I think I'll redo mine now.
     
  9. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Chuck that is a great Idea. Thanks for sharing. That will benefit a lot of us on here. I look forward to the specs.:lol:
     
  10. chuck99

    chuck99 New Member

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    What you need may vary from boat to boat and personal preference/application. My boat is a 17.5 ‘ Tracker ProV 17, which measures bow to stern 18'. My boat cover also covers the motor.

    This list is what I used. Your boat length, width, configuration and personal preference will vary this list. Use your imagination.....configure this the way you want it.

    1. 3 20 foot sticks of 3/4 PVC. I buy it in 20 lengths and cut it to 10 feet to transport it in my truck.

    2. 30 +/- 3/4" PVC T’s

    3. 20 or so PVC 45 degree joints.

    4. 20 or so PV 90 degree joints.

    5. PVC Glue and cleaner if you like. This will not have water pressure.
    6. Hacksaw or PVC cutter.

    7. 3/4 " PVC straight connecters, for the always present "whoops".

    8. Hot water pipe insulation, with a 3/4" hole in the center. 18 feet or so.

    9. Cheap cable/zip ties to attach the hot water pipe insulation to the PVC at "rub" points.. I get mine from Big Lots or other discount stores. 1.50-2.00 per 100.

    My advise is, put it together first. When you are happy, then PVC glue the joint. I am always "new and improving. If your boat has a windshield, do not let the boat cover lay directly on it.

    Start with a piece of PVC from the front of the back of the motor (use tape to secure the PVC to the motor) to the bow of the boat, main backbone. Use the 3/4" straight connectors, if you PVC backbone is shorter than your boat. Use a 90 degree or 45 degree connector for the front to level the back, over the motor, to the front.

    Put your boat cover over the boat. Insure that at the present height of the backbone, the cover will overlap the sides of the boat. If your cover does not overlap the sides of you boat to your satisfaction, adjust the height of the backbone; bring it down from the motor and shorten the front.

    Once the height of the backbone is established, start making the leg, up and down supports. These will be from the backbone to the floor of the boat. Use the PVC T’s. Cut the backbone where you want the leg supports. Remember that the PVC T’s will add an inch to the backbone. Mine uses 4 legs.

    Again, put the cover on the boat and check the fit. Add to or shorten the up and down legs supports accordingly.

    Now add the side legs, 45 degree +/-, from the backbone. The angle will depend on the height of the backbone and the sides of the boat. Again the spacing will depend on your boat. Use to T’s at a 45 degree +/- angle to each other, with about a 2" piece of PVC between them connected to the backbone.

    If you have a windshield, make side legs like the ones in the pictures.
    Again, put the cover on the boat and check the fit. Tighten the cover down. If you see any sags, add another side leg.

    When you are satisfied with the fit, take the cover off and start glueing.
    When the glue is dry, check the cover fit again. Modify accordingly.
    Now add the hot water pipe insulation, using cable/zip ties, at any sharp parts. T’d, 90's, or 45 degree angle point, and along the backbone. This will reduce the overall wear on the cover.

    Once again, use your imagination, configure this the way it will fit your boat and you want it.
     

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  11. chuck99

    chuck99 New Member

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    Three more pictures
     

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  12. Pastor E

    Pastor E New Member

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    Thanks for the update going to do one :big_smile:
     
  13. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the specs. I'm going to give that a try. Excellent idea.:big_smile:
     
  14. Whistler

    Whistler Well-Known Member

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    I copied this to my library work area. If anyone adds anything to this idea, please send me a PM. Thanks