Rack storage??

Rack storage??

Post by MPerlst2 » Sat, 05 Feb 2000 04:00:00


Question for those of you what have  used rack storage(indoor warehouse). What
do you do if you need to charge batteries, and are you able to pull transom
drain plug from time to time. Any disadvantages of this type of mooring.
Thanks.
 
 
 

Rack storage??

Post by RGrew1 » Sat, 05 Feb 2000 04:00:00

Quote:

>Question for those of you what have  used rack storage(indoor warehouse).
>What
>do you do if you need to charge batteries,

My marina has several work racks and docks that are provided for those of us
who rack and launch. Anytime you want to work on your boat you just have them
put the boat in one of the work racks and you go to work. I can hook my boat up
to one of the electrical outlets with an adapter and turn on the internal
charger and charge the batteries while working. I have spent many a "happy"
hour in the work rack changing oil, waxing and polishing etc.

Quote:
>and are you able to pull transom
>drain plug from time to time.

I can pull the transom plug and drain the bilge while on the hi-lo or in a work
rack. Have done both methods.

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>Any disadvantages of this type of mooring.

Some. The boat is not always available. You can only access the rack while the
marina is open. My marina hours are 7 am to 9 pm. If I know I may be going out
after hours I have them put the boat in the water and use one of the docks
available so I can use the boat at whatever time I wish to do so. There may be
times when they are very busy you may have to wait for a few minutes for them
to get your boat from the rack. The longest I have waited has been maybe 15
minutes. I have been in the rack since 1996 and don't think I will be changing
anytime soon.

Advantages are many.

1. Boat is always indoors out of the sun, wind, rain and other types of weather
except while using. No sun shining on the boat everyday less fading and other
sun caused nasties.

2. Boat stays cleaner, see above.

3. Boat is not in water all the time, especially nice with I/O's.

4. Do not have to apply bottom paint but still may do so if desired. If done
bottom paint lasts much longer. One guy at my marina has not done his bottom in
7 years and it still looks great.

5. Less chance of theft since boat is inside a locked building.

Rack and launch works for me and is not for everyone. I have a 30' boat but am
not the biggest boat in the rack. Where I am they rack and launch a 41' Apache.
If you should decide to go that route check out any facilities you are
considering and talk to people who rack there. If they are satisfied you
probably will be too.

Good luck.

71 days to go..

 
 
 

Rack storage??

Post by gf » Sun, 06 Feb 2000 04:00:00

I agree with everything said above.  The building housing my rack has a
roof and end walls but it is open on the sides.  The yard is very
cooperative about pulling the boat and setting it on a cradle, etc. to
work on.  I love the racks, I call from my house and by the time I get
there (15 minutes) they have pulled the boat and put it in the water.
The only downside where I am at is the rack season only runs to October
1.  Here in Mass. we have plenty of nice days beyond October 1,
especially this year.  So at that point I put the boat (it's small) on
the trailer for a few weeks until I am ready to have them put it away
for the winter.  I am on the waiting list for a slip at a marina even
closer to my house but I am not sure I will take it when my name comes
up in a year or so.  You didn't ask about price but they charge $1200 a
year (12 months) for up to a 30' boat and that includes membership to
use the waterfront clubhouse and the swimming pool.  Slips in the area
run $40-$75 per foot for the season.

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Rack storage??

Post by Scultu » Sun, 06 Feb 2000 04:00:00

There are some advantages of being out of weather and water but the trauma the
boats are subjected to by hot dogging fork lift operators can result in dents,
cracks, fractures and stresses far worse than bottom painting the boat and
leaving it in its element, water.
 
 
 

Rack storage??

Post by Doug Mille » Sun, 06 Feb 2000 04:00:00

The only disadvantages I've found are universal racks which means that your
boat is sitting on a couple of 2 x 10's. I don't think they support the boat
nearly as well as a trailer designed for the specific boat. The boat is
moved on a universal trailer to the lift up to the universal rack meaning
twice as much chance for something to go wrong, i.e. bent skag or transducer
being ripped off. I prefer to be on the ground level on my own trailer where
the trailer is protected also and I can load/unload vessel myself.

Doug

Quote:
> Question for those of you what have  used rack storage(indoor warehouse).
What
> do you do if you need to charge batteries, and are you able to pull
transom
> drain plug from time to time. Any disadvantages of this type of mooring.
> Thanks.

 
 
 

Rack storage??

Post by Rcor86 » Sun, 06 Feb 2000 04:00:00

Hi,
I've been thinking about rack storage.  I also live in Mass.  Would you mind
telling me where you store?  It sounds like a great deal.
Thanks,  Bob Cormier