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Indoor Winter Storage for Yachts

I recently purchased a 41 foot sailboat with teak decks that were recently redone. I am thinking that it may prolong their life if I store the boat indoors during the winter, but have not yet researched the cost involved. Can anyone tell me how much more this will cost and can anyone recommend a specific faciilty that offers a competitive price for indoor winter storage? I am in the Newport, RI area, but would go as far as Mass or Conn. for a deal.

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I think the real difficulty you will run into is the size of your boat. Most indoor storage facilities are not geared towards storing large keeled sailboats of that length.

What kind of boat is it and what is the displacement, beam, LOA and draft on the boat. Most of the facilities I am familiar with would store a boat of that size outdoors.
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I think the real difficulty you will run into is the size of your boat. Most indoor storage facilities are not geared towards storing large keeled sailboats of that length.

What kind of boat is it and what is the displacement, beam, LOA and draft on the boat. Most of the facilities I am familiar with would store a boat of that size outdoors.
She's a big girl. An old S&S designed Swan 41. 41 feet long. 12 foot beam. Just under 7 foot draft. Just under 24,000 displacement.
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Sailingdog's right about size limitations - boat's of that size are difficult to accommodate. However, I have seen some very large vessels stored indoors at our marina, at NEB - New England Boatworks and next door at Little Harbor/Hinckley Yachts. But be prepared for some serious sticker-shock at both those places. NEB is where America's Cup contenders and custom megayachts are built.

My boat's entire life was spent indoors for the winter at Stanley's Boat Yard in Barrington, RI, before I purchased it in '04. She has a 14 foot vertical clearance with both masts unstepped, 11 ft beam, 37 ft LOA and 18,000 lbs. Stanley's has a nice building, but with a waiting list. Check them out - just up Narragansett Bay from where I am.

Due to my boat's teak decks and exterior brightwork, I knew that it should be very well protected from freeze & thaw conditions. After getting indoor prices from NEB, I decided to build a metal EMC collapsable frame with "Framemaker Clamps" and a custom fabric cover, at a cost less than one winter's indoor storage rate.

If you're interested, I can share some photos, specs and details of the design. Otherwise, give Stanley's, Little Harbor and NEB each a call for price quotes - all just north of Newport.
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Yes, there's a boat just a bit bigger that winters at my marina. She's a 50' steel schooner with a displacement of 28,000 or so. But she's under shrink wrap, outside...not indoors.

Good luck, most of the places I've dealt with have an upper limit of 35' or so for indoor storage.
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Sailingdog's right about size limitations - boat's of that size are difficult to accommodate. However, I have seen some very large vessels stored indoors at our marina, at NEB - New England Boatworks and next door at Little Harbor/Hinckley Yachts. But be prepared for some serious sticker-shock at both those places. NEB is where America's Cup contenders and custom megayachts are built.

My boat's entire life was spent indoors for the winter at Stanley's Boat Yard in Barrington, RI, before I purchased it in '04. She has a 14 foot vertical clearance with both masts unstepped, 11 ft beam, 37 ft LOA and 18,000 lbs. Stanley's has a nice building, but with a waiting list. Check them out - just up Narragansett Bay from where I am.

Due to my boat's teak decks and exterior brightwork, I knew that it should be very well protected from freeze & thaw conditions. After getting indoor prices from NEB, I decided to build a metal EMC collapsable frame with "Framemaker Clamps" and a custom fabric cover, at a cost less than one winter's indoor storage rate.

If you're interested, I can share some photos, specs and details of the design. Otherwise, give Stanley's, Little Harbor and NEB each a call for price quotes - all just north of Newport.
Many thanks. I will make those calls.
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Coincidentally, I have a metal frame for a boat cover that I am looking to unload if you are interested.
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Coincidentally, I have a metal frame for a 41' boat cover that I am looking to unload if you are interested.
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Coincidentally, I have a metal frame for a 41' boat cover that I am looking to unload if you are interested.
Thanks. I will keep it in mind.
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I would think well vented shrink wrap would do the trick. Maybe add some solar fans to circulate the air.
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