Dec 5, 2016

CY InboxTo shrink or not to shrink – that is the question. A couple of issues ago we asked the question and your answers continue to roll in.

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To NOT shrinkwrap
In 1999 I had a cover made -polyester of some kind, grey- to fit a frame of CPVC that I'd constructed to live under in the water, in Toronto, for that winter. That cover was my roof for 6 winters, and made living aboard an insulated steel sailboat very comfortable indeed.

No longer living aboard, I've had that cover recut for use, on a PVC conduit frame, for winter storage. Sixteen winters and counting, There's pinholes starting to appear, but it's never torn or been holed by chafe. 1200$ in 1999, and 300$ in modifications since, it surpasses shrink wrap in price.

I've been reassured that the shrink wrap gets recycled (?) I'm not sure about that, so I'll let my environmental sensibilities rule, all the way to the bank.

I won't hesitate to replace this cover with like when I have to.

Paul Peachey
Peachey Keen, Aragosa 32, Toronto.

 

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