Specific Requirements To Support The Shrink Wrapping Of Boat By Experts

Some boats have specific requirements to support the keel, and at least one manufacturer warns against putting weight on the keel. Many marine dealers offer this service, usually charging by the foot of boat length. The shrink-wrap material is non-permeable, so it’s significant that the boat is as dry as possible before it’s covered, and that vents are installed in the wrap so it can respire during storage. Shrink wrapping your boat adds an extra layer of protection to keep moisture, pests, and damaging winds away from your boat’s interior and exterior.

Many marine traders offer this service, usually charging by the foot of boat length. Placing a sheet of plywood under each base and using safety chains to connect the stands will help to stabilize the support upon which your boat rests. We work with boat builders and owners who get fed up with having to clean a dirty boat at the end of every layup period. Tufcoat shrink wrap can be applied to objects or structures of any size as the sheets can be fused together, this means there are no slums or openings which can occur with tarpaulins or scaffold covering. If you have a requirement that we cannot meet from our stocked product then we may be able to manufacture a custom product to your requirement. Shrink wrapping is probably not a job you are going to challenge yourself.

Shrink Wrap Boats

Additional Information To Protect The Boat From Winterization

The plastic must then be sealed and heat welded together to create a warm fit around the top and sides of the boat. First the boat is prepped to receive a support structure made with support poles and sturdy lines tied bow-to-stern and port-to-starboard.

This gives the plastic a minimum to lie on and to keep the plastic off different parts of the boat. Numerous support lines are carefully suspended from the deck of the boat and support a belly line that runs 360 degrees around the boat's hull.
Once this structure is complete, a single piece of plastic is cut and draped over the boat and secured to the belly line. We try to cover as much of the boat as we can. In most cases this means down below the water line and below any exposed stripes.
We use extra protective tape to tape all seams and folds to ensure your boat stays tight and strong all winter long. Ventilation is a must. Every boat must be vented to allow fresh air into the boat. The plastic gets tied down tight and completely heated to make it shrink to the skeleton boat.
The final step is to ventilate the boat and fine-tune the wrap such as taping up any holes. Here are a few things that our shrink wrappers do different from our competitors. We will take down anything additional that we need to in order to protect the boat before we build our support structure.