Nine months ago, we had our boat shrink wrapped for winter
. Two months ago, we drove back to Washington after spending most of the winter in San Diego. We've been working on the boat non-stop since then. Yesterday we finally emerged from the shrink wrap. We have a few more projects we could not get to, with the cover on, before we can finally get back in the water.
Lessons & Tips
*Use white or clear wrap if you are going to be working on the boat under cover -- blue makes it dark and changes colors of things like electrical wires.
*It would have been nice to have some more headroom on the side decks -- it made carrying heavy items very hard on the back.
*We protected all surfaces that were in direct contact with the shrink-wrap with cheap outdoor carpet like this
(I use this same stuff to line our lockers - much cheaper from the hardware store). This seems to have been a good decision.
*We were hesitant to cut windows into the shrink wrap, but it held up great with the help of lots of tape. It also made us feel sane.
*Looking at other boats in the yard, covered in green slime and probably leaking, this was a great decision!
*Originally, we were not going to wrap the swim-step and just leave it and the dinghy uncovered. Having it covered made a great entry to the boat where we could keep wet and dirty shoes and tools. We also opted for the largest door in the shrink wrap.
*Leaving the boat at North Harbor Diesel
was a great decision. The boat was safe and well looked after - they even hopped on board to grab Mike's passport and mailed it to us so we could go to Mexico to get our teeth cleaned!
Watch the great unveiling time-lapse video