Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Long Island, NY
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I normally have my boat hauled, the mast taken down, and the boat transported to a storage yard. In the spring the boat is moved down to the water, the mast stepped, and the boat launched.
I've been doing that since 2004 and I haven't had any serious problems. Yes, I have to disconnect the electrical wiring for the lights, wind instrument, VHF antenna, etc, but it's not too bad. Having the mast down allows me to do a very thorough job of inspecting the standing rigging, and to clean and lubricate both ends of the furling gear.
When I bought a new to me boat in the fall of 2006, the yard let me wet store it. That was cheaper than dry storage and the rig stayed up. To be honest, I hated it. I worried about the boat all winter, going there frequently and fearing every storm.
I much prefer dry storage. I don't have the option of dry storage with the rig up. So dry storage, and rig down, is fine with me. I have had a few wires damaged, but those wires were old and in poor condition anyway.
This is for the north shore of Long Island.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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