My wife and I just moved onto our Hunter
41DS and are now preparing for our first winter aboard. Living on Lake Ontario
just outside Toronto, we are expecting a cold winter with average to strong winds (max about 30 knots). Most of the winter liveaboards in our area create a wooden frame over the boat, and then shrinkwrap with transparent (or semi-transparent plastic).
When we bought our boat, it came with a winter cover that included a rather large steel
(or perhaps aluminum) frame. I'm wondering if anyone out there has advice for us as to whether or not the frame could be used instead of building a wooden frame (over which of course we would shrinkwrap plastic - not use the existing canvas
cover). I realize that the metal will conduct more cold, but am more interested in the structural implications. Thanks!