Do you ever do something and think to yourself, "Wow I would love to sit over there and be completely entertained by what we are doing?" This was one of those times! This HUGE roll of shrink wrap weighed A LOT! There was no way we were going to get it onto the boat, so we used some scaffolding that was near us and a long pipe from something (its a boat yard! you can always find something to help you improvise!) and ta-da, we had our own application apparatus.
Now by the time we had built the supports, dragged the wrapping across the whole thing and finished tucking ever inch into the belly band, it was dark! But the kids were all happily fed and watching a movie in our forward berth so we said, flame on! Seriously, flame on! To shrink all the wrapping we used a large blow torch! Being that it was night, actually helped Jeff to see where his flame was, making it easier to avoid getting the wrapping too hot, and scorching holes. Yes, we have quite a few at first, but as it goes with practice there were fewer and fewer! These holes were covered with shrink tape and we continued!
So we were not able to completely finish the entire shrinking process as we ran out of propane and it was 11pm so the local store was closed. That next week a huge windstorm blew through and our cover was still standing...kinda! The heavy gusts managed to rip the PVC out of a few of the blocks we had made (the pictures above are the newest rendition!), however the belly band and other supports kept the over all shape and our boat was still covered and dry!