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    19' cuddy cabin. I have gotten a lot of good ideas on here from various projects I've seen; of course every boat is different. Can't have a plan until you start in on your own boat. Intent is to get it kind of steep in order to let any rain and snow run off and not build up/puddle on top of it. Empty cockpit, so I have free reign of pole placement. Once I have an interior, I'll need to redesign it, but just want to protect what's left the best I can.

    After looking at it from the rear taking this picture, I need to get those supports out a bit further. Maybe reverse the two sections of diagonal PVC. Going to build a mating section at the rear, and some cross-support; heck I don't know.

    Figure it out as I go really.



    1989 Regal Empress 200XL
    3.7L/470 - Alpha One (not pre-, not gen II)

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    Re: My "PVC-based boat cover frame support" build

    Ahhh, so, I had a mega-huge brain fart building this thing. A lot of trial and error mixed up with some of my normal "over complication" of simple things. My intent for the back of the boat was to mirror the front, but just build it shorter so that it slopes towards teh back. I replicated the three "T-fittings" setup that I have up front, and finished building the support for it. Little did I even think, that because the two outer T-fittings are on different horizontal planes, they will never match up. I left them loose so that I could twist them into perfect alignment. Well, great, but since they are at an angle, they rotate at an angle. In/down, or out/up.

    So, I need to rebuilt the back section again, and just put the three t-fittings next to each other, but I can maintin the angle. This will make the three supports taper to a more central point in the rear. Should still work. It also looks like it may be a bit tall. I'm not sure yet, won't know until I throw the cover on. I may need to end up taking the front down a bit still. I will temporarily hold the PVC T-fitting angles with a screw; and glue it once I'm positive.

    Holding in the front-rear sections of PVC -- I drilled a hole through the fitting flange, through the pipe wall, and out the other side. Stuck a piece of 12AWG home wire through and twisted it.

    I don't know why I do this to myself.










    1989 Regal Empress 200XL
    3.7L/470 - Alpha One (not pre-, not gen II)

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    • #3
      Re: My "PVC-based boat cover frame support" build

      Eh so it may be a little taller than I need it to be. PVC and angles...can only do so much. Rock solid though. It appears weak in the back, but I put a lot of weight on it and it's good. Way more complicated than I intended it being. Once I throw a cover on, I will be able to tell if I need to come down at all (or go up). Not a big deal.

      Eh, so there we have it.










      1989 Regal Empress 200XL
      3.7L/470 - Alpha One (not pre-, not gen II)

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        Re: My "PVC-based boat cover frame support" build

        Thats interesting. I make a sort of shelter over my pontoon during the winter with enough room so I can get under it to work out of 2 inch PVC and a new tarp. Nothing like yours though.

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        Bad Dog

        If it aint broke your not having enough fun

        my 1988 Riviera Cruzer pontoon rebuild
        https://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=526820

        my pontoon trailer rebuild

        https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat-...railer-rebuild

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          Re: My "PVC-based boat cover frame support" build

          Nice . . .

          (looks like some of the plumbing at my summer house)

          I got to do something like that for the winter . . . I made a frame out of 1x3 lumber and it did not fair so well.
          Best regards, Ted . . . . Cape Cod, MA

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          • #6
            Re: My "PVC-based boat cover frame support" build

            Originally posted by MH Hawker View Post
            Thats interesting.
            I recognize the polite way of saying "What in the hell did I just look at?!?"
            1989 Regal Empress 200XL
            3.7L/470 - Alpha One (not pre-, not gen II)

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            • #7
              Re: My "PVC-based boat cover frame support" build

              Hello Hawker
              Nice design. Seems simple enough. Did you anchor the center poles to the deck of the toon?

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                Re: My "PVC-based boat cover frame support" build

                smiles, no not at all, it looks about like a frame I made for a old bow rider I used to have, the steeper the angle it has the better it sheds rain and snow.

                Uncle Dave
                no their just sitting on the deck, the side ropes running from the ridge pole keep plenty of pressure on it to keep it in place.
                Bad Dog

                If it aint broke your not having enough fun

                my 1988 Riviera Cruzer pontoon rebuild
                https://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=526820

                my pontoon trailer rebuild

                https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat-...railer-rebuild

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                • #9
                  Re: My "PVC-based boat cover frame support" build

                  I had someone ask me "What the hell is the Windows 95 screensaver doing in your boat?"
                  1989 Regal Empress 200XL
                  3.7L/470 - Alpha One (not pre-, not gen II)

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                  • #10
                    Re: My "PVC-based boat cover frame support" build

                    Covered. Could have used a bit longer cover, but this will work.

                    1989 Regal Empress 200XL
                    3.7L/470 - Alpha One (not pre-, not gen II)

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                    • #11
                      Re: My "PVC-based boat cover frame support" build

                      Originally posted by Dave88LX View Post
                      Eh so it may be a little taller than I need it to be. PVC and angles...can only do so much.
                      It seems to me all you have to do to adjust that whole frame lower is to cut your vertical supports to a shorter length. Alternately you could just cut the front verticals to adjust the angle as well as overall height. There's no real reason for the peak to be so much higher than your windshield and lowering it may give you the length of cover you need to cover your pulpit.
                      Jay Hanig
                      Topsail Beach, NC USA
                      1985 Galaxy 176 Bowrider
                      "No Good Deed"

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                      • #12
                        Re: My "PVC-based boat cover frame support" build

                        ok, I will bite.how much did this rig cost?i like the idea though don't get me wrong. looks like some hillbilly wakeboad tower,lol.
                        Last edited by 82rude; July 22nd, 2013, 04:00 AM.

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                        • #13
                          Re: My "PVC-based boat cover frame support" build

                          That's creative! I took a simpler route. Had two plastic saw horses. I line up in the front of the boat and one in the back. Wallah, the rain drips right off the saw horses/ cover to the ground.

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                            Re: My "PVC-based boat cover frame support" build

                            You might be interested in checking out the description that I posted on building my PVC frame. Pretty simple design that has lasted well over the past couple of years.


                            Cheers,

                            Andrew
                            Last edited by Bob_VT; November 14th, 2013, 05:15 AM. Reason: link removed

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                              Re: My "PVC-based boat cover frame support" build

                              Yeah PVC pipe is the way to go although a bit more costly than conduit for some reason and 80# conduit is very strong. You just don't get all the neat assortment of angle fittings. Here's a look at mine.

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