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Shrink Wrapping a Sailboat – Mast Up

Covering a sailboat mast up can seem like a very daunting proposition at first, but it takes only a couple of more steps than shrink wrapping a mast down boat. Following the directions below and watching the training DVD at least twice will minimize any problems.
1. Install your strapping fore and aft on the boat from the highest points at the bow and stern. The strapping will be tied around the mast from the stern and then around the mast from the bow (if the boom is left on, it can become part of the support structure aft of the mast, but you must put a 2” x 4” upright under the rear of the boom to give it strength). Pull the strapping tight as you normally would, measure and install your wooden uprights as on a mast down boat, put your lateral straps over the wooden uprights, or boom, and pad them.
2. Install the perimeter band following the DVD instructions.
3. Go aboard the boat with a 25’ tape measure. Measure from the mast back to the farthest point aft (top of the stern rail). To this figure add 2 feet which will extend aft of the mast and 4 feet that will drape over the bow (a total of 6 extra feet).
4. Now measure from the mast forward (top of the bow rail or pulpit). To this figure add on 2 feet which will extend aft of the mast and 4 feet that will drape over the bow (a total of 6 extra feet).
5. Next cut your roll of shrink wrap the measurement from the mast back. Roll it up and take it onto the boat. Lay the roll over the support structure or boom and open it enough to measure and find the center. Make a 2’ lengthwise slit in the shrink wrap at the center of the wrap. This slit area will be wrapped around the mast to form a collar. Once you have a collar formed, take the roll of heat shrink tape and go around the collar twice very tightly (do not stick tape directly to the mast as there might be an adhesive residue in the spring).
6. Unroll the aft section of shrink wrap towards the stern (do not unfold its entire width yet; the wind might catch it). Go aft as far as possible, until you run into the aft stays. Now you can unfold the shrink wrap and have it lay as straight fore and aft, and side to side, as possible. Using your wrap cutting knife make slits in the shrink wrap up to stays and halyards. They should be as neat as possible. Use strips of heat shrink tape to seal them and then apply heat to warm the adhesives (press tape down firmly to remove all air bubbles).
7. Trim and tuck the shrink wrap under the perimeter band on the boat so that wind doesn’t catch it.
8. Now the shrink wrap piece at the bow can be attached. It is done in a similar fashion as the aft piece. Place the measured piece of wrap just forward of the mast; find the center and slice into it 2 feet. Make a collar around the mast tightly and tape around it. Unroll the wrap toward the bow up to the forestay. Slice the wrap to the forestay and roll it over the bow. Tape the slit together and unfold the shrink wrap.
9. Run a strip of tape from the mast down to each side of the shrink wrap where the forward and aft pieces meet. Use the heat tool to warm the adhesives in the tape and actually heat weld the pieces of shrink wrap together.
10. Trim and tuck the forward piece under the perimeter band. Shrink wrap the boat according to DVD.
Please call us at (800) 968-5147 with any questions or email drshrink@dr-shrink.com.

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Shrink Wrap Weekly Bundle 2/17 – 2/ 21: Wrap n' Strap Knife

Free Wrap n’ Strap Knife

Place any size order this week and you can receive a free Wrap n’ Strap Knife (DS-008)!
*LIMIT ONE PER CUSTOMER, ONE PER WEEK*
Value of $9.38!

 

Make sure to mention this bundle if you are ordering over the phone.  If ordering online, use the promo code is BUNDLE154 at checkout.

**YOU MUST ADD THE WEEKLY BUNDLE PRODUCT INTO YOUR SHOPPING CART IN ORDER FOR THE PROMO CODE TO WORK**

 

 

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Shrink Wrap Weekly Bundle 2/10 – 2/14 : Strapping Dispenser

Free Strapping Dispenser

Place an order for $250.00 or more and you can receive a free Strapping Dispenser (DS-STRAPDISP)!
*LIMIT ONE PER CUSTOMER, ONE PER WEEK*
Value of $34.00!

 

Make sure to mention this bundle if you are ordering over the phone.  If ordering online, the promo code is BUNDLE153.

**YOU MUST ADD THE WEEKLY BUNDLE PRODUCT INTO YOUR SHOPPING CART IN ORDER FOR THE PROMO CODE TO WORK**

Dr. Shrink’s strapping system consists of four components working in conjunction with one another to create a sturdy, secure and sloped shrink wrap cover.  To have the most effective, durable, and secure shrink wrap cover, Dr. Shrink highly recommends using all four components of the strapping system:  Woven Cord Strapping, Buckles, End & Bottom Caps, and Tension Tool.

Dr. Shrink’s Strapping Dispenser has a durable and lightweight design which is compatible with all of our premium 1/2″ and 3/4″ width strapping rolls.  The unit features a convenient carrying handle and low resistance spindle system.  The Strapping Dispenser is the ideal tool to prevent knots, tangles, and twists in the strapping.

Don’t forget about our Valentine’s Day special this week on Tideminders. Only $39.95 per kit! Order your “String of Pearls” today!

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Dr. Shrink Makes INC 5000 List For Third Year in a Row

Inc. magazine ranked Dr. Shrink, Inc. on its seventh annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy, America’s independent entrepreneurs. Dr. Shrink, Inc. joins Fuhu, LivingSocial, Edible Arrangements, CDW and Lifelock, among other prominent brands.
“We are thrilled to be on the INC 5000 list for the third year in a row,” said Mike Stenberg, Dr. Shrink president. “Dr. Shrink works extremely hard to provide our customers and markets with the highest quality shrink wrap, accessories and service. We’re very appreciative to be acknowledged and rewarded for that.”
In a stagnant economic environment, median growth rate of 2013 Inc. 500|5000 companies is an impressive 142%. The companies on this year’s list report having created over 520,000 jobs in the past three years, and aggregate revenue among the honorees reached $241 billion. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/5000.
“Not all the companies in the Inc. 500 | 5000 are in glamorous industries, but in their fields they are as famous as household name companies simply by virtue of being great at what they do. They are the hidden champions of job growth and innovation, the real muscle of the American economy,” says Inc. editor Eric Schurenberg.
The 2013 Inc. 500|5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2009 to 2012. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2009. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent, not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies, as of December 31, 2012.
   

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Dr. Shrink Wraps the Yacht Teleport


There are many amazing people in this world, each with equally amazing stories to share.  Dr. Shrink has had the pleasure of working with some of these wonderful people over the years.  Today we wanted to highlight the incredible story of Chris Bray, Jess Taunton, and their yacht named Teleport and explain how Dr. Shrink is now tied into their story.
Chris and Jess are adventurists from Australia.  In 2009, they purchased a yacht in Canada that was in need of some major refurbishing.  After spending three months rebuilding in 2010, the yacht was fixed up and given a new name, Teleport.   Since then, Chris and Jess have been sailing Teleport back home to Australia in stages each year, stopping along the way to see some of the world’s most fascinating places. Beginning their journey from Halifax in Nova Scotia this year, the duo have now sailed her up the east coast of Canada, across the notorious Labrador Sea to Greenland, up Greenland’s treacherous iceberg filled west-coast, and across into the infamous Northwest Passage in the Arctic above Canada.
Throughout their journey, they have been sharing their experiences with the entire world via the internet and blogging.  Many people have followed Chris and Jess’ amazing story and have been able to see some of the breathtaking sights they’ve had the privilege to see.   Some people have even become sponsors for their voyages donating supplies, gear, and anything else that would help them along their trip.
Chris approached Dr. Shrink’s CEO Mike Stenberg via email about being their shrink wrap supplier for when they have to let the Teleport lay over for a period of time.  Chris had just been covering the yacht with tarps and knew there was a better and more effective solution out there.  Very fascinated by their story, Mike has agreed to be their sponsor and is now the premium shrink wrap supplier for Teleport!
We are very proud to be supporting these amazing people traveling the world, doing something that they truly love and are passionate about.  If you would like to follow the story of Chris and Jess or to see Dr. Shrink’s special sponsorship page, please follow this link to read more about their incredible journey thus far.

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Dr. Shrink Joins the MIAF


Florida, known as the Sunshine State, could be re-dubbed as the Boating State.  It is full of marinas, yacht dealerships, yacht clubs, and of course boats – a lot of boats.  It comes as no surprise Dr. Shrink strives to work with the marine oriented businesses of Florida and be their premium shrink wrap and accessories supplier.  While we currently work closely with a number of marinas, dealers, and installers in the Sunshine State, there is always room for fresh ideas and resources.  In an effort to support our existing customers and seek out new opportunities; we are proud to announce our membership into the Marine Industries Association of Florida (MIAF)!
The Marine Industries Association of Florida’s purpose is to:

  • Promote social activities and education between its members
  • To exchange ideas on promotion and sales of their products and services
  • To foster and promote boating in Florida
  • To aid and assist in the proposal and adoption of suitable laws and regulations relating to boats and boating
  • To aid, assist or conduct displays of boats, equipment and allied products and services

Dr. Shrink’s goal is to exhibit the advantages of shrink wrap in front of the whole marine community and open up new application avenues.   Our involvement with the MIAF will help achieve this goal.  Using the MIAF as a resource, Dr. Shrink will continue to reach out to new and existing businesses with premium products and excellent service, and bring new shrink wrapping ideas and opportunity to the table.
For more information about the Marine Industries Association of Florida, you can visit their website at https://www.boatflorida.org.
If you have any questions or comments about Dr. Shrink, Inc. or our products and services. Please call 800-968-5147 or email drshrink@dr-shrink.com.