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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:39 am 
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I noticed in the FW owners manual it says for winter storage "To prevent dry rot - do not secure cover tightly to boat during long term/winter storage."

I was going to store it with the bow and cockpit covers on, and then put a mooring cover over that, but now I am having second thoughts. I keep it in an unheated pole barn. The prior owner kept it outside, but stored it with the bow and cockpit covers and then put a trailerable boat cover on over those.

Maybe I should just use the trailering/storage cover? It's supposedly "breathable" and has vents in the back of it. I guess the sunbrella bow/cockpit covers are for "short term storage only."

What do you think?

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:50 am 
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I'm in Columbia County NY and have stored with just a winter cover and a pole system for decades. I think both the sunbrella and another cover might be too much and prevent air movement. I store outside and have not had any problems with mold in the spring.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:08 am 
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I'm in Columbia County NY and have stored with just a winter cover and a pole system for decades. I think both the sunbrella and another cover might be too much and prevent air movement. I store outside and have not had any problems with mold in the spring.


What does the winter cover look like? Can you share a pic?

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:56 am 
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Just use the winter cover, remove the bow and cockpit covers and store inside. If you use 2 covers you will get bad mildew and mold. Use those moisture absorber buckets and open it up on dry days if you can.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:28 am 
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This is the cover I use pretty much exclusively:

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I both store and tow with it. It's just a cheap WalMart generic cover that the prior owner gave to me, but it trailers well and doesn't scratch the boat. It even keeps the bimini out of the elements.

I've done a 220 mile trip with it on, through some heavy rainstorms, and it kept the boat dry. There is one spot where the lashing strap tends to rub on the hull, but the mark comes off easily with some cleaner wax.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:06 pm 
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https://www.dropbox.com/s/1hnh7jv13t2lv ... r.JPG?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/fplh6p6z0q3aw ... 2.JPG?dl=0

Cover is a Taylor Made cover I bought in 2007, frame I built inside to hold up to snow loads. Saves me from having to shrink wrap every year.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:13 pm 
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LouC wrote:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/1hnh7jv13t2lvu1/Boat%20cover.JPG?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/fplh6p6z0q3aw ... 2.JPG?dl=0

Cover is a Taylor Made cover I bought in 2007, frame I built inside to hold up to snow loads. Saves me from having to shrink wrap every year.


Nice. Taylor Made is good stuff. Their HQ is about 15 mins from the lake up here.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:11 am 
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I'm guessing your pole barn is more like a carport, right? Open on all sides? Then yeah just use the trailering cover.

But if it's fully enclosed, don't cover the boat at all. That's the beauty of indoor storage!

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:19 pm 
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It’s fully enclosed but there are birds and critters that like to crap on the stuff in there. Better to keep it covered.

What lake are you on in the ADK?

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:19 am 
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I'd prefer to keep that private, but much farther north!

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:05 pm 
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Cool. Farthest north I made it this year was to Upper Saranac. Love it up there.

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We made it up to Lake George and camped out on one of the islands years ago with neighbors, they towed their Chaparral all the way up there from Long Island.

And many years ago (ie 1960-1964) we used to go up to Bovina Center and stayed at a dairy farm called Red Pine Farm. It was owned by a family by the name of Lingg, and was later bought by the actor Bob Denver (Gilligan's Island) in the late 60s. I hear it is back to being just a dairy farm and looks nearly the same as it did 50+ years ago. A beautiful place in my distant memories....

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:43 pm 
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LouC wrote:
We made it up to Lake George and camped out on one of the islands years ago with neighbors, they towed their Chaparral all the way up there from Long Island.

And many years ago (ie 1960-1964) we used to go up to Bovina Center and stayed at a dairy farm called Red Pine Farm. It was owned by a family by the name of Lingg, and was later bought by the actor Bob Denver (Gilligan's Island) in the late 60s. I hear it is back to being just a dairy farm and looks nearly the same as it did 50+ years ago. A beautiful place in my distant memories....


Nice. Lake George is on my boating bucket list for next season. I think there was another member on here who took his boat there for a weekend. Should do an iFourWinns meetup.

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Misterfu02 wrote:
LouC wrote:
We made it up to Lake George and camped out on one of the islands years ago with neighbors, they towed their Chaparral all the way up there from Long Island.

And many years ago (ie 1960-1964) we used to go up to Bovina Center and stayed at a dairy farm called Red Pine Farm. It was owned by a family by the name of Lingg, and was later bought by the actor Bob Denver (Gilligan's Island) in the late 60s. I hear it is back to being just a dairy farm and looks nearly the same as it did 50+ years ago. A beautiful place in my distant memories....


Nice. Lake George is on my boating bucket list for next season. I think there was another member on here who took his boat there for a weekend. Should do an iFourWinns meetup.


If it wasn't so far I'd do it. I'd need a new trailer though lol. The one I'm using is a 1994 Load Rite single axle galvanized. The water at Lake George is amazingly clear. We have nothing like that here, its all murky salt water.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:53 am 
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LouC wrote:
Misterfu02 wrote:
LouC wrote:
We made it up to Lake George and camped out on one of the islands years ago with neighbors, they towed their Chaparral all the way up there from Long Island.

And many years ago (ie 1960-1964) we used to go up to Bovina Center and stayed at a dairy farm called Red Pine Farm. It was owned by a family by the name of Lingg, and was later bought by the actor Bob Denver (Gilligan's Island) in the late 60s. I hear it is back to being just a dairy farm and looks nearly the same as it did 50+ years ago. A beautiful place in my distant memories....


Nice. Lake George is on my boating bucket list for next season. I think there was another member on here who took his boat there for a weekend. Should do an iFourWinns meetup.


If it wasn't so far I'd do it. I'd need a new trailer though lol. The one I'm using is a 1994 Load Rite single axle galvanized. The water at Lake George is amazingly clear. We have nothing like that here, its all murky salt water.


Most of the lakes up here are like that. You still get some nasty growth on the hull if you keep your boat in all year, though. I live 10 mins from the state launch (free) so I just trailer. Might look into renting a weekend slip for the holidays to avoid the launch madness, but if it isn't a holiday the state launch works fine.

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