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Our boat is completely covered in canvas.  I want to remove the cover this Sunday when we are doing some work on her. My other half wants to leave it another couple of weeks as he is worried about a possible drop in temperature.  We have been on hire boats for the last forty odd years, but are in our first year of owning one. I dont want to cut my nose off, so to speak, but can it do any harm taking the cover off, even if there is another freeze? Its pretty dismal working in a boat by torchlight as minimal light comes through the canvas!! Any thoughts please? Question


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What do you expect to happen if you take the tarp off? If the temp drops it will still be cold under the tarp as well as on top.

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In Norfolk it is anyone's guess! In 2008 I had my lunch on the terrace in mid Feb and then we had heavy snow 3rd week of March. At this time in 2009 we were iced in.

Captain Howe.
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Not a Theme Park.
The Broads need the winter to recover, the numbers are becoming too great and the grey water too damaging.

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From your avator you seem to have lots of varnish on the boat and if you have taken all the trouble to cover it up for the winter, I do not think i would be lulled by a few days warmer weather to taking it off.
I know lots of people boating pretend there is no winter but I rarely open up my boat until the second half of March and often that is plenty early enough.
The forecast for the next10 days or so is that temperatures are going to drop back to the seasonal norm and with that in mind, I would be in no real hurry.
But then if you want to join the all winter brigade , why is it on at all? Smile

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thanks CapnBryan, and Marshman, joining the winter brigade is not on my list of objectives, its just our first year of actually owning a boat, and I for one cannot wait to get the cover off and start tinkering! Its gonna be like opening a new toy at christmas. Playful


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We have lots of varnished wood on the topside... Leave it on as long as poss and put it back on as many times and for as long as you can..

We learned this last year to our cost. Sanding and re-varnishing started yesterday....

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It certainly did.

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My basic rule is stay covered unless using the boat. One like yours will repay the effort of putting the cover on when not in use.

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quote:"......My basic rule is stay covered unless using the boat. One like yours will repay the effort of putting the cover on when not in use........"

The mind boggles!!!  Smile   Tinhat

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Keeping a cover on a boat depends on the finish of the boat and the type of paint used.

I bought a cover to go over the outboard engine when not in use. However at the end of the winter all the paint on the top of the engine cover had blistered and later flaked off, due to water ingress.
I still have to repaint it.
It seemed a good idea at the time. So maybe not suitable for the modern acrylic paints.

So if the cover doesn't affect the paint, then leave the cover on, but allow plenty of ventilation.

best regards, Richard.
I can't wait to be back on our boat on
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