Boat Shrink Wrap
Shrink wrap is a polyethylene plastic that when properly installed shrinks tight around an object to create a protective waterproof barrier that will hold snow and ice away from the object and help keep it clean.
Shrink wrap is produced in a wide variety of sizes and thicknesses depending on the needed application, amount of durability and duration of exposure to different elements. Shrink wrap systems use a plastic film, typically made of PVC, Polyolefin, or polyethylene. The plastic film is wrapped around an object to protect it from moisture, dirt, and other hazards of travel or storage. The plastic film is heated to conform to the shape of the object. Shrink wrap systems may be small and inexpensive, used by a home businessperson, or large, automated machines costing tens of thousands of dollars. DVDs, CDs, videos, artwork, mailers, newspapers, and packages are commonly shrink wrapped before transport.
Shrink wrapping a boat, however, presents unique challenges. A boat is large and cannot be fit through an automatic shrink wrap machine. Special shrink wrap films exist to wrap boats. Films are heavy duty so that the boats can be stored during cold winters and can be purchased in blue, white, or clear. Shrink wrap for boats can also protect a boat from prolonged periods in warm weather. A special chemical in the polyethylene film keeps them soft, flexible, and protects the film from breaking down in UV light.
When many boaters winterize their boat, they shrink wrap their vessel to get that strong layer of protection. Shrink-wrapping your boat is like adding a layer of armor to your boat's protection. The winter can be harmful to the outside of your boat if not protected. Shrink wrapping your boat adds an extra layer of protection to keep moisture, pests, and damaging winds away from your boat’s interior and exterior. Shrink wrapping is important for protection over the winter months. A properly shrink-wrapped vessel/vehicle will stay clean and dry and last significantly longer than anything that has no covering or just a tarp. Don’t risk damaging your property.
Shrink wrapping a boat effectively seals out dirt, debris, rain, snow, and critters that would like to call your boat home. However, shrink wrap also traps all the moisture inside, which can lead to condensation and mold. The best way to prevent this is to thoroughly dry out your boat before installing the shrink wrap.
The main reason to shrink wrap your boat, obviously, is to protect it. It’ll keep out rain, snow, ice, and UV light.
Now doesn’t that regular old blue tarp accomplish the same exact thing, you are thinking?
Unlike a tarp, properly installed shrink wrap will not leak. Period. It won’t ice up and collapse, you don’t need to brush off snow, and you won’t have to bail out puddled water, or anything like that. When the job is done right, you can basically forget about it until spring.
Before you shrink wrap your boat with whomever you choose to do so. Consider any repairs you may need now so when spring comes along your boat will be ready to go. Engine maintenance, boat body repairs, or whatever work needs to be done, have your boat repair shop provide you with all the needs then have them shrink wrap it for the season and then I am sure store it for you also.
When we invest so much time and money into this wonderful sport we all love, boating, you want your boat safe for the damaging winter. We all know what a harsh winter can bring to our belongings such as our boats, homes, cars. Stay safe and stay well.