boat in water all year in dc. should i remove covers or put protective cover over?

by Jo Ellen
(Lake ridge Va.)

I'm moving my 42 foot Carver from Michigan to dc where it will be in the water year round. Wondering best care of the canvas and isinglas during winter.

Ellen ideally you would be best served by removing it and putting it away and using a bridge cover. Your bimini would also be put into a storage boot.

Since that is most likely not going to happen, I would use imar products on your plastic and 303 fabric protectorat for the bimini. Keep all of the snaps snapped so the clear vinyl can't contract and shrink. Don't roll up it up when it's cold, it's likely to crack if it's aging and the temperature drops. This should help your boat enclosure in your new environment.
The key is regular cleaning and care and you should do fine.
If your zipper sliders are metal, you need to change them yearly to avoid corrosion. It's an easy thing to do and should just be part of your yearly boat maintenance.
I hope all goes smoothly for you.

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