In October I'll be putting my 32' cat into winter storage
on lake Michigan. The boat
is brand new this season and I'm wondering about the pros and cons of shrink wrapping. Until recently I've been assuming that I would shrink wrap the boat
, but having spoken with a few storage
facilities, it's apparent that a significant number of owners do not cover their boats.
I guess that a big pro would be keeping snow and rain off the boat and avoiding the freeze thaw cycle that could presumably do a lot of damage. Any other major pros?
Are there any significant cons against shrink wrapping, apart from the cost. I assume ventilation is an issue, but it seems that nowadays, shrink wrappers provide ventilation and access panels
I have 2 BP365 (160 watt) solar panels
on the boat, 3 batteries
with a total of 315 AH, and a Natures Head
composting toilet which has a 1 amp fan that sucks air from the head
and passes it (through the toilet) and then overboard
. I'm thinking of running this through the winter to keep air circulating. Are these solar panels
likely to keep up with a 1 amp draw 24 hrs/day (a) without shrink wrap covering the panels
and (b) with shrink wrap covering the panels.