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I would suggest that you check around at local boating clubs and marinas to see if anyone is selling a cradle that could be used for your boat. Try to get one that comes can be disassembled rather then as a welded single unit (much easier to move and store). We bought a used (one piece) cradle for our 27' boat for about $800 - it is a PITA to move without the boat in it.
A cradle will have 4 poppits (or pads) that hold the boat upright while the main weight of the boat is supported through the keel. The same concept applies with jack stands (or boat stands) - eg., weight born by the keel. For a boat your size I would suggest about six jack stands to keep it level (5 if one is used under the bow - special fitting for this).
Any marina that stores boats has a large supply of jack stands. They are not usually looking to sell them as they may be able to use them for a customer sometime soon. Some individuals own jack stands but are not likely to sell them unless they are selling their boat. Cradles are not preferred by most marina yards and therefore owned by individuals.
You could make a cradle out of heavy construction lumber (8x8, 4x4, 2x12 etc) but by the time you are done you could have bought a used cradle that will work.
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