Getting a custom frame and cover made is pretty pricey. What I ended up doing was building some frames out of conduit that fit into the stanchion bases, and then are tied together with a ridge pole made of 1x2 material. Secondary fore and aft strips at the curve of the frames 3 feet above deck
level, and a few more from the last frame just in front of the cockpit
to the rectangular frame at the aft end of the cockpit
, to give better form to the cover over the cockpit. This is due to the transition from single
ridge pole to a squared off back end so I have room to move inside. I climb in n out over the transom so that last rectangular frame is solidly bolted to the cockpit coamings.
I then use shrink wrap, which can be purchased at U-line. I figured I could get the job done this year for about $200 as opposed to the $485 I paid the local shrinker to do it last year. You also need some tools, mostly clamps to hold the plastic down before you shrink it, and a propane
flame nozzle. All told about $100 for the tools and $200 for the materials.
On the one hand you have expensive but fairly long life (10-12 years) for a custom cover, vs cheap
non-sustainable for shrink wrapping. I am hoping not to need a cover much more than a couple years so to me it makes sense to shrink wrap. It also makes the boat nice n toasty in the dead of winter. 50-70F on deck
in the day time depending on cloud cover.