I have big plans for this winter, and they all involve Tammy Norie being dry:
- I need her interior dry to add closed-cell foam for insulation and unsinkability.
- I need her hull dry by spring to add an osmosis-prevention barrier coat.
- I need her deck to stay dry so that I can remove all the fittings and protect the deck core.
I’d also quite like to stay dry myself. So I’ve built a tent for Tammy.
My original idea was to build something like a covered wagon using the trailer, bending long hoops of something around the boat and then covering with a large tarpaulin.
But it turns out Dad had a garden party gazebo in the shed. We pulled it out and had a look. At first, things were not hopeful. The gazebo frame was only just above head height.
The next day I realized that I could use sections from the six gazebo legs to make longer legs raised the top of the frame above the boat. I used spare roof rods inside spare leg rods to keep things together. Wobby, but tall enough.
Dad and I assembled the roof frame and the other legs and managed to walk (literally) it over Tammy Norie. Then I lashed it to Tammy using mooring ropes to keep it together and in place.
I huge 10m×10m tarpaulin from eBay was enough to cover everything, at a cost of £60.
I tied up the ends of the tarpaulin with a sinnet knot, and used bungies to attach the edges to the trailer.
Here’s the view from inside looking forward. Very snug!
A little later I used some more of the gazebo poles to make more room above the cockpit.
A week later heavy rain had pooled in the tarpaulin, threatening to tear its seems. After a few experiments, I found that the dinghy paddles were good at keeping enough of a slope in the roof to prevent this happening.
After a couple of weeks there was about a litre of water condensed on the inside of the ceiling, presumably evaporated from the boat. I sponged this away, and lifted the skirts around Tammy to encourage airflow.
So far so good! Working in the boat is quite pleasant, even in the British winter. Water and cold wind is kept out, and the tarpaulin creates a diffuse light that makes things seem quite bright. I was able to do jobs between about 08:00 and 15:00 in late November. Not bad!
P.S. If I were making a covered-wagon style tent I’d probably use PVC pipe for the hoops. Here’s an entertaining video about bending the stuff.