Chip Ford's 1974 Catalina 22 Restoration Project
Sail #3282  l  Marblehead, Massachusetts

The never-ending project to fill my hole in the ocean while bailing it out

Wally Riddle's Tarp-Cover Frame

Wally's storing "Carpe Diem" in my yard alongside Chip Ahoy this winter.  I came out one afternoon after he'd been working on it and found he'd installed a frame over which his tarp will go -- the skeleton.  I thought his idea was unique enough to consider for Chip Ahoy, and to add to this website for others to consider.  He's accomplished this with simple PVC pipes, nothing cemented so he can easily disassemble it in the spring and store it for the summer.

Preparing for last winter, I used ropes over the mast and tied off to the lifelines.  It was an improvement over the previous year, but still the weight of heavy snowfall pocketed at the lifelines and I'd have to wade out after each storm to empty them.

If I've got the time before covering Chip Ahoy, I hope to duplicate this arrangement.  With my new stern pulpit and lifelines all around, I may even extend it aft, or at least add another segment over the cockpit.  (Oct. 20, 2005)

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