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When is a house not a home?

In order to work on flirt I needed to do something about the possibility of rain getting into the cabin, especially as The ports and companionway are out. While there is not much in the way of furniture left in her, I didn’t want to completely ruin what I had so I could use it as a template.

 

My father suggested a tarp.. and in theory that sounds great. It’s cheap, it’s waterproof, and it can be either drawn tight over the cabin or moved aside for work. They also flap in the wind, do a poor job of keeping the rain out, and need to be moved aside to do any work at all. I am not sure where I got the idea, but I decided to build a small “house” on deck.

 

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Made up of 2x3s and cheap blue tarps, it protects the cabin wind, rain, sleet, hail, and even the dark of night (as I have an LED light rigged up inside) while still being cheap, and very easy to use. It also protects me from the sun and the sides can be rolled up to allow airflow on those truly hot and miserable days.

The frame is bolted to the chain plates in front and held down by straps in the stern. The tarps themselves are stapled to 1x2s and screwed into place and their bottoms held downy by five gallon buckets half filled with water (I can get them free at work). The only downsides to this, the water running off of the deck drains directly into the stern most buckets, so after a storm, I need to drain those two..

We had a storm come through the other night with some high winds, it is still on Flirt, so I guess I did something right

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A long time sailor who has been away from the water for too long, I am working hard to bring an old and abused boat back to life. When not working on my boat, I can often be found working as a Stage Hand in Atlantic City or just out and about on my Mountain Bike. I really come off as a quiet and boring person when people first meet me.

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