New England Shrinkwrap
New England Shrinkwrap
Industrial Shrink Wrapping Service
“You think it… we’ll shrink it”
New England Shrinkwrap wants to work with you to cover your boat for winter or long
term storage. Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions. If you do not find
the answer you are looking for, please E-
Why shrink wrap your boat?
What is included in the price?
What do I have to do to get my boat ready prior to shrink wrapping?
Can the shrink wrap damage my boat?
Why is it that shrink wrap cannot be properly installed when there is high wind or when there is precipitation?
How long can the shrink wrap last?
What if I want to get into my boat while it is covered?
Why are you charging higher prices than those advertising at $10 per foot?
How do I keep out potential thieves, critters and/or illegal aliens?
Why were there several holes in the shrink wrap when I checked on my boat?
Boat Shrink Wrap FAQ’s
The precipitation issue is a simple one to explain. It's almost impossible to get the tapes we use to stick to wet plastic. Also, when we heat the plastic with our torch in order to shrink the cover, any water on the cover will prevent the plastic from heating uniformly and will create dimples in the plastic and the cover will not stretch tightly. In some cases, the water will heat to a point where it can thin the plastic out or create holes.
As far as the wind issue, we do not like to install shrink wrap covers when the wind
speeds are over 10 mph. It isn't simply because pulling such a large piece of plastic
over a boat is difficult... it is... but that's not the only reason. When we have
the plastic over the boat and secured to the boat ready for heat shrinking, the plastic
actually becomes semi-
There are many reasons why a shrink wrap cover is the best option when protecting your boat during storage or transport. Certainly boats are out in the elements during the boating season, so why does it matter if the boat is covered or not during the winter season? One main factor to consider is that water can make its way into the small cracks in your fiberglass and by freezing and melting damage to your core and the integrity of your hardware and components can occur. Shrink wrap can prevent this during winter storage and can also protect components of your boat such as plastic fixtures, canvas/vinyl, and clear enclosures from further deterioration due to UV exposure over the months that the boat is not in use. Shrink wrap can also protect canvas and clear enclosures from wind damage as winter temperatures coupled with strong wind can cause these enclosures to become brittle and break very easily which could lead to excessive and avoidable replacement costs when compared with the cost to shrink wrap the boat.
Many boaters prefer to use tarp or other systems to protect their boats during winter storage. A quick look at our shrink wrap photo gallery will show you that tarps just don’t work. If you ask a boater why he tarps his boat rather than shrink wrapping, he may tell you that shrink wrap is too expensive since it has to be done new each year. This is an understandable but flawed thought process as the amount of time and effort it takes to secure a tarp to a boat and the fact that tarps are not weather tight and generally don’t make it through the first major weather event will make it far more cost effective to have a professional install a shrink wrap cover. Unless of course you don’t value your time or your boat… then you can spend all day Saturday weaving a web with twine and old lumber and tarp away!
Shrink wrap can also serve to discourage theft as you can monitor the cover for signs of tampering during the storage period.
The price of our shrink wrap installation service includes the following:
* The construction of a suitable framework-
* The shrink film we use for marine applications is made by Poly America and is white
in color with 7mil thickness made from virgin resin with maximum UV inhibitors to
prolong the life of the cover. If you have questions or concerns or special requirements
* Adequate number of vents: We install an adequate number of Stealth self piercing louver vents to help prevent mold/mildew while the boat is covered. We cannot guarantee however that your boat will not develop mold/mildew as many vessels have water trapped in compartments or bilges and ultimately this moisture will condense under the shrink wrap cover and could produce mold & mildew. We suggest removing all sources that could trap moisture, drying out bilges & compartments, and using desiccant canisters & bags throughout the cabin and bilges to remove remaining moisture.
You can find some basic tips on preparing for shrink wrap by downloading our Boat Shrink Wrap Advice Sheet and in addition to the tips listed there we urge you to consider the following tips to ensure a quality shrink wrap installation:
* Be sure that all preparation for winterization has been done in advance.
* It's a good idea to remove any ropes, bumpers, life jackets, cushions, empty soda/beer cans, and any other items and store them elsewhere out of the elements. Nobody likes to deal with mold and mildew covered ropes & life vests. Stand seat cushions up to allow air circulation.
* Remove any outriggers/down-
*We require AT LEAST 4 feet of clearance around all sides of your boat, therefore don't park your boat right up against a fence or bury it in shrubs or stick it under a bunch of trees that are dropping their leaves. This creates a fire hazard and also just makes life miserable for you and for us, especially if your boat is just loaded with a muddy mess of leaves and other debris. If tree branches are in our way we will cut them.
* It's a good idea to remove and properly store all canvas/plastic enclosures. This will again help to prevent mildew growth, and reduce the risk of damage during the shrink wrapping process. Also, the changes in temperature can cause your isinglass enclosures to become brittle more rapidly. If your boat is at a marina and you don't want to take the enclosures down prior to our covering your boat, we can take them down for a $30.00 fee. We will lay them flat in your cabin if it is open or lay them over a bench seat or table. We strongly urge you to pick them up and lay them out flat at home in a warm, dry place for winter.
*If you remove your bimini enclosures, please collapse the framework as well. Heavy snow load can bend your bimini frame and cause major damage.
The simple answer is there is the potential for shrink wrap to damage your boat…
if it is not installed properly or if a major weather event compromises the framework
or plastic. Bear in mind that in severe weather events such as hurricanes, blizzards,
Nor’Easters, etc. the shrink wrap and the framework can be damaged and subsequently
damage to the vessel can result. The major source of potential damage from shrink
wrap is to the finish of the boat. If you have painted, colored gel coat, or re-
Keep in mind that all shrink wrap covers are temporary in nature. When we install a shrink wrap cover for the traditional winter storage season, the cover may only remain functional for a certain number of months thereafter. This is due to the fact that the tapes that we use will deteriorate from UV rays and the pleats and seams will start pulling apart. With proper advance planning and additional steps taken (at an additional cost of course), along with periodic preventative taping and maintenance there is a potential for the cover to last several seasons. The plastic that we use for winter storage/long term storage is 7 mil thickness and contains enough UV inhibitor to perform well for a good amount of time. The issue generally is that the tape that is used will break down much sooner than the plastic and any pleats or seams that have been heat welded and taped will come apart over time. In this instance we can generally perform some repairs at a reasonable fee if you would like to extend the life of your cover. If the plastic is deteriorated, we may simply suggest that you remove the old cover and have us install new shrink wrap plastic. Please let us know if you are planning on storing your boat long term so we can take some additional measures to ensure that the cover will last. If you notice over time that areas become damaged or seams become loose, we can come back (for a fee of course) and repair or reinforce the cover to help extend the life.
We offer 3 different sizes of zippered access doors for those of you who may want
to get into your boat to perform work during the winter or simply get away from the
humdrum of your domestic life by setting up the portable TV on a milk crate and knocking
back a few cold ones while watching the Pats on a Sunday. The doors can be reused
for usually 2-
The simple answer? We are professional shrink wrappers. This means we have the expertise, ability, resources, and accountability required to properly shrink wrap vessels. The long answer? Some of the people who are now competing in this marketplace are legitimate companies who will be around for years to come and their charges will match their level of service and quality. Some of the "weekend warriors" will not be around in years to come because they carry no insurance and have no accountability. It’s the age old “you get what you pay for” scenario.
Our prices are indicative of the level of quality and service that we attempt to
provide each customer. When determining what you wish to pay for shrink wrap installation,
keep in mind that our charges reflect the elements that we feel will provide you
with the best finished product possible. We build a very sturdy framework structure,
use premium 7mil Poly-
This is always a trick. We cover your boat and make it all nice and weatherproof
and some lousy good for nothing nut-
Thieves are a big problem. If you don’t need to work on your boat during the winter, do not put in an access door. If you put in an access door, be sure to remove or secure valuables and electronics and monitor the boat periodically.
As for illegal aliens, our government hasn't been able to figure that one out for over 230 years, but I think I'd rely on a combination of the mothballs as well as a good old fashioned 12 gauge pump action. For those of you wanting to secure your own boats and border, ICE hats/jackets, and Clint Eastwood style cigarillos are available in our "Keep 'Em Out" Kit.
When we complete a shrink wrap installation, we inspect the cover for holes that may have occurred due to snagging on a sharp item or those we may have caused when heating the cover. Some boaters, especially sail boaters with mast and rigging in place or with exposed tuna towers or arches, will notice holes develop especially after a severe winter storm. These holes are typically caused by ice forming in the rigging and piercing the cover when it falls. If you notice these types of holes, you can generally tape them easily from the inside of the cover.