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04-06-2012 10:05 AM
Re: Winter Storage - Backyard or Boat Yard?

We keep our boats in the boatyard because Stately Jones Manor does not have direct access from driveway to backyard. If I had a different layout, I would definitely bring them home- the cost of a trailer is quickly offset by the savings on yard fees and the convenience of working at home ...
you do lose the spring camaraderie of shared effort with other boat owners in the yard. It's a nice ritual to share a beer or two with other sailors and admire the hard work at the end of a long day of sanding, painting, varnishing, fixing, etc.
04-06-2012 09:29 AM
Re: Winter Storage - Backyard or Boat Yard?

I'm 1.5 hours from my boat. In hind-sight, I would have paid a fair amount of money to have the boat hauled closer. I think I'm already in for about 5 boat bucks just in gas this winter. (for those not familiar with FOREX, one boat buck = $100)
04-06-2012 09:06 AM
Re: Winter Storage - Backyard or Boat Yard?

Old thread but I've got the same question - with a much different boat. What would it be like to store my Contessa with a 4' keel at home? I'm looking at houses now and a factor in my mind is the possibility of doing this. I'd probably be less than 10 miles from shore.

Would it make sense to buy a trailer or just go with stands? How typical is it for towns to have restrictions on this? What about regulations on what you can do to your boat? And in practice how much of a concern would that be.

Right now I'd love to work on my boat more often but it's 45 minutes away and I have to load my car with tools and junk. That's 2+ hours round trip wasted. I have to get there early because they close at dark and sometimes close up and lock me in before then (true story). And when I'm there I find I'm missing the tool or part I need. Anyway, I'd love to have the boat at home.
09-19-2007 10:40 AM
ReverendMike You might check out wooden boat forum (, they're crazy, but full of wisdom regarding all things wooden. Most of the guys here think wood belongs only on the inside, not the hull.
09-18-2007 11:24 PM
Originally Posted by britcoal View Post
A side note: I was told by more than one old boat curmudgeon that a horribly leaking wooden boat at launch can be helped along by swimming under the hull and releasing saw mill sawdust. Take a coffee can and fill with sawdust, swim under, and release over a section of the hull, rinse, repeat. Apparently the sawdust gets sucked into the cracks along with the inflowing water and fills in the spaces a bit, until the wood itself can expand. Since I didn't have much of a leak problem, I didn't do this, but it is in the back of my mind for future reference.

That's an interesting bit of lore. Yes, I assume that your boat was built a little "drier", which was good for you...the caulking probably helped a lot as well.
09-18-2007 09:27 PM
robfinora I am not that familiar with wood boats but I would look into wet-storage. The electric bill to run the ice-eaters is going to less than a haul-out. 2nd choice would be dry storage at a marina / boat yard. Its very expensive to have the mast taken down and then the whole boat moved and then repeated again in the spring. You need a crane or hoist to step the mast.

09-18-2007 09:17 PM
kwaltersmi It sounds like a budget issue to me. If you can afford to store it at the boatyard and let them take of the nuances, then that's the way to go. If you need to save money, then it might be worth your time and effort to store it with your friend.
09-18-2007 07:59 PM
Gramp34 Your best bet is to talk to the boat hauler. They'll be able to answer your questions, and give you a quote hauling and launching. They'll also be able to tell you how to support the boat in storage -- they're the ones who set and retrieve the boat. They will know what works.

Most likely your boat has a full keel so will be easy to prop up on the hard with jackstands. You'll need to check them periodically and adjust if needed.

Once you get all the costs you can compare boatyard storage vs. home storage. My marina charges almost the same for hauling to a truck and launching from a truck as it does for haul, store and launch. Bringing the boat home would cost more once I pay the trucker.

I've got a project boat in a friend's yard at the moment. It's on a cradle supported on timbers on the ground. I made three stands for the deck and coachroof to hold the mast about 4' off the deck, running down the center of the boat. Over that I put a plastic "hay" tarp (heavier than the usual grey plastic tarp), draped over the sides and tied down to the cradle. The ends are open for ventilation. It's been up for a year now with just one hole chafed through.

Oh, and 13' 6' is standard clearance on roads. A boat hauler will have a blanket oversize permit and know where clearances are more or less.

Good luck,

09-18-2007 07:17 PM
k1vsk It might be worth considering taking a nice fall season sail down here to southern New England where you can store in the water at a reasonable price. Almost all the marinas have fans to preclude ice formation and pretty dependable electric service.
09-18-2007 03:37 PM
Originally Posted by canadianseamonkey View Post
Why take down your masts? Is it a requirement for the boat yard?
No, it isn't, but I may need to consider some maintenance on them this year (they're wooden..)

Which brings up another question - the varnish is thick, glossy, and not at all chipped, scratched, or otherwise damaged. How do I know when I need to sand and re-varnish? I've been told every other year as a general minimum..
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