Varying weather conditions mean that repairs and restoration efforts on boats and yachts can be affected through the works effectiveness and the time scale of the project being compromised. This recurring issue means that many marinas, shipbuilders and restorers require solutions for weather protection during maintenance projects.
Boat shrink wrapping describes the technique of using a heavy duty marine grade plastic film to create a moulded covering that fits, ‘as tight as a drum skin’. Whilst shrink wrapping services are mainly required to protect boats during transport and storage, the material is commonly used for solving these maintenance issues through the creation of work shelters and tents.
A shrink wrap shelter enables work to take place on vessels regardless of weather conditions, minimising costs and enables projects to be completed before or on schedule. The shrink wrap, with its heat fused seams, also contains dust and debris and minimises the disruption to other vessels and environments that are nearby.
The structure is the key to a successful shrink wrapped work shelter. The most popular materials in the creation of the structure or framework are scaffold tube, timber or flexible plastic tube. A typical example of this could be a scaffold structure being erected around the required vessel, with flexible plastic tubing arched over the vessel. Although the plastic framework can be very strong, it can flex during high winds and we recommended that you plan and research which option would work best for your goals and location.
See T. Nielsens work with a wooden frame to create a shelter here.
Where structures will be exposed to high winds for long periods of time then a more rigid, scaffold or timber structure is recommended. When using scaffold, care should be taken to ensure that there are as few protruding poles and sharp edges as possible to avoid having to cut out and re-welded the shrink wrap around poles.
Discover more about Pirous scaffold maintenance shelter here.
Boatcoat deliver an innovative, adaptable range of work shelters as discussed within the article. If you require more information on what’s right for your applications or budgets then contact us on 01752 227333, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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