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By badriance - Published December 30, 2008 - Viewed 2843 times

A Few Things to Watch Out For When You Store Your Boat Ashore This Winter


There are several reasons you might choose one facility over another when it’s time to store your boat ashore for the off-season: convenience (nearby is best), price (everybody likes to save money), and friends (who also store their boats there). Those are good reasons, to be sure, but they aren’t the only considerations when you choose a boatyard for winter storage.


Consider the 43’ powerboat that was blocked ashore for the winter in North Carolina. It toppled over one blustery, wet night when one of the jack stands supporting the hull sank into the mud. The jack stand should have been resting on plywood but the boatyard didn’t bother (“We been doin’ it that way for years.”) Other boats have toppled over because jack stands were badly rusted or because there were too few to provide adequate support. These sorts of accidents aren’t unusual; one expert estimates that almost as many boat hulls are damaged by mishandling ashore as are damaged by accidents in the water. Some of the boats, like the one in North Carolina, were damaged suddenly because they weren’t blocked correctly or were dropped from a travelift. Many other boats are damaged slowly because they are stored, year after year, without sufficient support beneath the hull. When a hull becomes even slightly distorted, it causes problems ranging from poor engine alignment to broken stringers and even impaired performance underway. And while sudden accidents -- dropped boats -- are covered by insurance, losses that occur slowly as a result of “wear and tear” are not insured.

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