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davidcome posted 11-16-2004 05:30 PM ET (US)   Profile for davidcome   Send Email to davidcome  
I thought of running a pvc pipe from the top of the motor to the bow with a saw horse in the boat to support the middle.I wanted to put something under everything to avoid scratching the gel coat.Would a rug be ok?Do I need an indoor/outdoor carpet to avoid color running?
Any other ideas on covering a 13'Sport?
where2 posted 11-16-2004 10:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
On my 1985 15' Sport, I rigged a 90° PVC fitting that fits over the bow light. I necked it down to 1" Schedule 40 PVC running toward the engine. At 3.5' from the bow light, I used a T fitting to drop a leg to the floor. Another 3' back, I went through a 4-way fitting which spans to each side rail, and continues through a 45° to increase the height of the cover at the middle of the boat. 8" further back, another 45° fitting continues the main pipe toward the rear of the boat sloping slightly toward the stern to coax water to flow off... 3.5' further back, I have two 45° fittings mated essentially together to drop the height of the main tube back to the level of the front arms that reach to either side of the boat and hold onto the rails, and arms span to each side rail to hold this tail piece up.

http://www.tfn.net/~wendtm/lift_frame.jpg
Somtimes a picture is worth 1000 words...
http://www.tfn.net/~wendtm/whaler.jpg
That last shot is with the cover on, so you get an idea of the tent the frame makes under the cover... (it also shows what the dock/lift looks like with decking.)

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