Question: I went to my boatyard this past weekend to check on my boat. I am a little bit nervous after my visit. Check out the pile of snow on top of my cover. Do you think this is a dangerous situation?

This boat is properly supported by stands, and the shrink-wrap is pitched steeply enough to let melting snow slide off.

This boat is properly supported by stands, and the shrink-wrap is pitched steeply enough to let melting snow slide off.



The snow adds quite a bit of weight to the load on the boat stands and now that spring is almost here I’m concerned about even more weight build-up.

We are likely to see rain and multiple freeze-and-thaw cycles that might cause the weight to actually shift around in the form of puddles on the top as the shrink-wrap stretches a bit, forming low spots near the deck and cockpit areas. What do you think? Am I worrying unnecessarily?

Answer: The good news is that whoever blocked your boat for the winter did a good job. You have enough stands in place for a boat your size based on industry standards. Also, the folks who set the boat up on the stands chained them together so that there is no chance for one of the stands to slide out from under the boat in the event of a dramatic shift in weight distribution for whatever reason.

As for the shrink wrap, I wouldn’t worry. The slope angle from the peak on your cover over your lifelines to the side of the hull is pretty steep. Once things warm up just a little bit, that snow is going to slide off your boat quite readily. The biggest worry you have is a big pile of ice and snow all the way around the perimeter of the boat that you’ll have to deal with.

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