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Re: Pro's and Con's of storage on the hard
Besides giving you access to your prop, rudder and bottom, hauling the boat allows it to dry out for a while.
Boats that are stored in the water year in and year out are more likely to develop blisters then boats that are allowed to dry out for a bit.
Anecdote: A friend was kept his 1982 Endeavor 32' in the water for about 5 years because it was cheaper then paying for a haul out. When they hauled the boat last spring for bottom painting they found, guess what? Blisters.
My boat is 45 years old (1967) and has been hauled out every year as far as I know. It shows no sign of blistering.
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