The Calm Before the Storm

It has been a beautiful sunny day today down in the Carolina’s.  Blue skies, 46 degrees outside, 70 degrees under the tarp on the boat but they are calling for a big winter storm starting tonight.  It makes me nervous for business but it also makes me nervous for the boats.  Especially the Alberg. So today I went out and reinforced the structure holding the tarp up.  You may remember from Our Winter Cover that we went the super budget route and spent all of $18 for a huge blue tarp found on clearance.  Since then I’ve added a smaller tarp on top and tied it down like a tent but all said and done we’ve spent very little for this protective tent.  Our limited funds have to go into the boat!  It has held up extremely well and done its job perfectly but I worry about the ice they are calling for.  It could be disastrous if it were to weigh down the tarp.

So today I brought out some 2X4’s and more rubber stretch bungee-cords.  Here is a look at the supporting skeleton from the inside:

2016-01-21 15.03.50.jpgAft are the bimini and dodger hoops and moving forward are a collection of camera tripods and drum-set cymbal stands.  Anthwartships I have lashed teak handrails and today I added the 2X4’s for support in case ice builds up on the tarp.

Outside it looks like this:

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Two more months. Two more months.  That’s all it has to last!  I think we will be OK but I will for sure have my fingers crossed tonight 😉


One thought on “The Calm Before the Storm

  1. Having grown up in the northeast, I would go out in the worst part of the storm, rap on the cover to dislodge any ice, and be thankful it’s only for two more months!!! Lucky you!


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