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My Hoop System for Winter Boat covering.

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I constructed a reusuable hoop system for covering my 22' boat this year. It's working great so far
1. Get 3/4 inch PVC conduit. 10 feet long. Get enough to make a hoop each 12 inches along the gunwales.
2. Get enough tees for each end of the hoop.
3. Make a section of PVC, to attach to each top of the gunwale with a tee every 12 inches.
4. Install the side pieces.
5. Install one end of the hoop PVC into a tee, and bend it in to a hoop, and insert the other end into the opposite tee
6 run a piece of PVC along the top of the hoops. Drill a hole through this piece, and each hoop, and install a tie wrap. This holds the 12 inch spacing.
 
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1514574186902.jpg1514574204152.jpgI constructed a reusuable hoop system for covering my 22' boat this year. It's working great so far
1. Get 3/4 inch PVC conduit. 10 feet long. Get enough to make a hoop each 12 inches along the gunwales.
2. Get enough tees for each end of the hoop.
3. Make a section of PVC, to attach to each top of the gunwale with a tee every 12 inches.
4. Install the side pieces.
5. Install one end of the hoop PVC into a tee, and bend it in to a hoop, and insert the other end into the opposite tee
6 run a piece of PVC along the top of the hoops. Drill a hole through this piece, and each hoop, and install a tie wrap. This holds the 12 inch spacing.
 
See pictures.1514573047940.thumb.jpg.8e56e37f4c796d45d78fa8d41541e09f.jpg1514573077772.thumb.jpg.c31fd82d6c337117f31b44e4febfd679.jpg
 
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That’s pretty cool, I built a A frame on my transom board and made it high enough to clear my windshield then a built a smaller A frame that sits on the bow, then a 14’ 2x6 spans between the two a frames. It’s a larger version of a sawhorses and I go to Harbor freight and get the silver tarps 20’by14’ that’s what I cover it with then I buy those round elastic ties and I put one on every eyelet along the sides and wrap the transom and the bow. The ties aren’t the greatest but for $10 for all that I need they last a winter and the summer when I’m not using the boat she’s covered. So every other year it cost me $10 for the straps and like $20 for the tarps ever 3 years and I painted the horses and put conveyer belt pieces on the legs of the horses so they don’t leave marks on the boat. One thing I didn’t figure on was when the tarp gets pressure on from the straps the rubber pieces I put on the horses, don’t slide at all there like glued in place, just one of the deals that worked for me, not against me.:lol: What you got going on is pretty damn clever also!! Nice job, thanks for sharing!!!

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I like your hoop system. It looks very roomy in there. All you need is some light and an electric heater. Now you have  a small utility room for fixing things in the boat or just day dreaming about next season.

If only you could have posted it a month ago. That would have given me time to be a copycat.

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Very well thought out. Thanks for posting. This is always an issue for me each year....to know what to do. This year I built a frame out of 4x4 posts. Your idea keeps the snow out better than what I have.

 

 

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Very cool idea, thanks for sharing!

 

I made a frame system out of 2x4's this year for my 22ft boat. I draped a 20'x30' tarp over it and it is working great so far. The rear legs are 8' tall, and the leg on the bow is about 5' tall. The top piece is a 10' 2x4 and two 8' 2x4's. We've had about 6ft of snow already this month and wind gusts over 40mph and the tarp is doing great.

 

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I use 4x4 posts. I put one in the stern inside a cement post holder and use decking straps to make a cradle at the top. I run 4x4 from this post forward and it rests on a blanket on my hardtop. I do the same for the bow with a another post holder and run the 4x4 back towards the stern.

 

Due to my particular setup (walk around cuddy) I found that this has been the most stable. I live just north of Syracuse and we see a lot of snow and this has never let me down.

 

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'Bout Time

Mike

 

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My hoop system  (see first posts) worked perfectly all year. Could not be happier. 

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