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12-28-2012 02:07 PM
downeast450
Re: hauling her home instead of storing at the yard

I am considering a custom trailer for our Islander 28. About 8K for the trailer. I plan to be un-stepping and stepping the mast myself. That is a work in progress. We have a place at home and a tow vehicle. Maine is right to mention the gas and time involved in traveling to and from the boat. We own our stands and could sell them. I am thinking the "convenience factor" is worth the cost of the trailer and it will sell with the boat if it comes to that. The haul out charge will be replaced by a travellift charge. The storage charge goes away.

By eliminating the stepping cost and storage charge we will save about $700.00 / year. The travel cost is at least that much if time is of value. Another trailer to register. I am considering it a 6 year pay off with equity to sell at the end.

Just considering it at this point.

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12-28-2012 12:10 PM
misfits
Re: hauling her home instead of storing at the yard

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Originally Posted by RobGallagher View Post
Forgetting something that concludes in making the entire trip a waste of time and money is something else to consider.
M.S. pointed that out to. Never have truer words been spoken.
12-28-2012 11:53 AM
sailingfool
Re: hauling her home instead of storing at the yard

Like MS we used to ship our CS 36T to the back yard. The boat hauler would:
- ramp haul the boat with a hydraulic trailer
- remove and de-rig the mast, store on the side of the trailer
- transport the boat 40 miles to the back yard
- store the boat on their stands for the winter, and move the mast to stands (having a small yard tractor helps here...)
- pick the boat and mast up in the spring
- transport the boat 40 miles back to the ramp
- rig and hoist the mast
- ramp launch the boat
for a total price that was a few dollars less than the boatyard charged to haul the same boat, move it 50 yards and store it for the winter with the mast up.

If you have the yard space for your boat, the answer was pretty clear.
12-28-2012 11:33 AM
RobGallagher
Re: hauling her home instead of storing at the yard

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Originally Posted by Maine Sail View Post
Also don't forget to factor in the gas you spend money on every time you visit the boat at the yard and your time spent driving to and fro that could be better spent actually working on the boat or spent with family.......
I do store my boat at a yard. Forgetting something that concludes in making the entire trip a waste of time and money is something else to consider.

Before I leave for the boat I make a list. Sometimes I forget to make a list of lists that I have to remember what things I have on lists to pick up for the list of projects I have listed on other lists and the list of tools I need to complete the orange juice is boiling on the stove so I better get to work before I paint the bathroom.

I need to go sailing or at least drive down to the yard and stare at the damn thing.
12-28-2012 11:26 AM
ScottyIrwin I store my 38 foot Irwin at home. I built a shed for her to spend the winter inside. I work on her all winter long. Going rate in this area is between $10 and $15 per foot. I live less than 1 mile from the marina so no mileage charge. Attachment 13122Attachment 13123Attachment 13124
12-28-2012 11:06 AM
Maine Sail
Re: hauling her home instead of storing at the yard

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Originally Posted by misfits View Post
It cost me $650.00 to have our boat hauled 150 miles to our house when we bought her. If I had kept her in a yard while working on her, I'd have close to 3K in storage fees to date. For me this works.
Also don't forget to factor in the gas you spend money on every time you visit the boat at the yard and your time spent driving to and fro that could be better spent actually working on the boat or spent with family.......
12-28-2012 10:54 AM
misfits
Re: hauling her home instead of storing at the yard

It cost me $650.00 to have our boat hauled 150 miles to our house when we bought her. If I had kept her in a yard while working on her, I'd have close to 3K in storage fees to date. For me this works.
12-28-2012 10:22 AM
Maine Sail
Re: hauling her home instead of storing at the yard

Plus being at home I never have to worry about "mast up" boats toppling over onto our boat:




Also in the spring I never have to worry about IGNORANT boaters skirting the rules and sanding their bottom with no dust collection system like they guy who showed up on a Sunday and covered every boat in the yard in green dust that took myself alone over 30 hours to clean! Some people who were ready to go in had THOUSANDS of dollars in canvas destroyed.

I can also "prep" my bottom paint in the spring with our 3000 PSI pressure washer. Sure beats Scotch-Brite or sanding. I can't do that in a boat yard...


At home I also have my own shore power and don't have to worry about the breaker being overloaded ten times on a Saturday... That is my barn where my tools live.... Forget a tool...... Takes two seconds to grab it..


Because of how the driveway for the boat was installed and the massive Hemlock hedge I cna get away with my own custom "vestibule" for the boat which makes getting on and off the boat easy as pie.. My ladder can also stay there all winter.....



You would pay a TON of money for a shrink job like this (used to cost me about $900.00 for a job not as well done). At most yards you can not DIY shrink wrap nor bring in an outside contractor... This costs me $300.00 and NOTHING touches my Awlcraft 2000 finish....


Also good luck getting a yards shrink wrappers to do the finer details like perimeter boards, perimeter board support struts and cross ties... Oh and you want removable cross ties so you can work on it... ha ha ha ahhhh...

Perimeter board, perimeter board support struts and REMOVABLE cross ties...


Also good luck trying to get the yards shrink wrap guys to give you "proper pitch" for your cover. We got 10"+ of some wet sticky white stuff yesterday and the cover this morning had ZERO snow on it.... The way it should be..

Pitch!

Taken out the bedroom window 5 minutes ago NO SNOW.



So there is more to hauling home than just saving money. Even if it cost the same I'd haul home. Took me a while to get the pad and driveway installed but it is soooooooooo worth it....
12-28-2012 09:15 AM
tommays
Re: hauling her home instead of storing at the yard








In the yard due to crowding you would be hard pressed to even keep a ladder chained to the boat to do DIY tasks there packed so tight

In my area there is limited room at all the yards so there fairly good about working with you take it home

The mast has to come down no matter where it stays

It is PITA to keep it on top of the boat and its faster for the yard to keep it on there racks so it ends up cheaper in my case to store the mast there
12-27-2012 11:04 PM
Squidd
Re: hauling her home instead of storing at the yard

Mine is only 26' but I built the trailer like Dale mentioned and bring the boat home in the winter....Building the trailer not only allows me to launch and retrieve my own boat at a landing, (you could pay for haul out and placement on trailer) but also provides a stable work platform and eliminates the need for stands and possible second crane trip at home...



Nothing special to look at ( I do plan on painting the trailer this spring) but it gets the job done and cost less that a grand to build...



40 miles with some special permits and licensed hauler and you should be fine hauling 36' and 12' width to get it where its convenient for you...They haul bigger stuff than that all the time...modular homes for example, I have some experience moving those in and out of town and permits and a police escort are not that hard to come by...

If I didn't have the boat at home over the long winter, I never would have gotten 'er ready to sail this spring...Just the mileage to and from the marina would kill the incentive to go out and work on it...

Plus all the tools are at home, I'm familiar with the hardware store and material suppliers in the area (although a lot comes in off the net...) and I'm a lot less strict on noise and dust at my place (if your marina even allows DIY work)...

I live on a farm have the room, no neighbors to speak of and a barn to store/work on it in...You didn't mention where you want to take it but hopefully the area will be receptive to your rather large "lawn ornament"...
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