Rack Storage

Rack Storage

Post by Carl Graha » Tue, 27 May 1997 04:00:00


I am in the process of shopping for a 23'-25' sportboat such as a Nova,
Checkmate, etc. and am considering rack (hi & dri) storage in upper
Chesapeake Bay area. I would appreciate any comments on others
experiences with this service, both good and bad. What should I look for
in a rack marina, what should I avoid? What's a reasonable rate?
Thanks

 
 
 

Rack Storage

Post by DOA » Wed, 28 May 1997 04:00:00

First, here are the advantages.....Gel coat, hardware and interior stays
looking like new. No bottom paint needed which also goes a long way in
keeping boat looking like brand new. This keeps resale high. No need to be
concered about high or low water or storms while you are away which is
most of the time for most of us. Theft in a properly secured building is
very low. Also, all rack storage facilities I ever saw have outside racks
for you to work on your boat. This allows you to inspect and repair all
underwater gear including props and drive systems without ever having to
pay a marina for haul out. In addition, you can install depth sounders and
the like while the boat is out of the water on these racks. Boat washing
and the like is also very easy with the craft out of the water. Keeping
your outdrive from turning color is a snap with rack storage. All of these
advantages come with some down sides. Damage is always a possibility from
several fronts. The windshields are a common problem if the fork lift
drive makes a error either from placing the boat in the wrong hole or just
from operator error. Gel coat damageon the boat's bottom can result if the
boat is place on boards with the *** or protective cover on them is
missing. Other minor gel coat damage can result from turning the fork
truck too soon after removing the boat from the rack. Boats above can drip
oil or gas on your boat causing stains. And the worst has happened to
almost all rack buildings at least once: dropping the boat from various
heights. This is usually caused by the fork tube breaking or other
mecanical problem with the lift. You lose access to your boat after hours
unless you call ahead to arrange to have your boat left out at a dock.
When the facility is open, wait times can become excessive. You should
look for a rack facility that has at least 3 lift truck, many outside
racks for  working on your boat and in-the-water-docks to either use for
overnight stays or to place your boat so you can access the boat after
hours. Also, a strick policy requiring ALL boats to have a battery switch
with a dash indicator on the status of the switch. This is a must. If a
boat develops a gas leak and triggers the auto bildge switch, boom, the
whole building is lost. Also, by requiring all batteries be switched off,
fires caused by short circuits are eliminated. While some of these things
could make one think twice before going with rack storage, if you pick a
well run marina with great customer service (they do exsist), the
advantages of Rack & Launch out weigh the disadvantages. I have seen 10
year old boats look brand new and command a great price on the resale.
Also, no more trips to the marima to find your valuables stolen. No more
trips to the marina to check things out after a bad storm....I managed one
of these things and know first hand that when done right, it is THE WAY to
go......

 
 
 

Rack Storage

Post by John Schmid » Thu, 29 May 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

> I am in the process of shopping for a 23'-25' sportboat such as a Nova,
> Checkmate, etc. and am considering rack (hi & dri) storage in upper
> Chesapeake Bay area. I would appreciate any comments on others
> experiences with this service, both good and bad. What should I look for
> in a rack marina, what should I avoid? What's a reasonable rate?
> Thanks

I'm indoor rack stored in NJ, it's the best thing since sliced bread. I
agree with the previous responce on resale and ease of cleaning/repair.
This is ideal for me as I have a "go-fast" and can't bottom paint. Some
other points to think about;
If its a large indoor facility, the fumes from forklifts will lay a nice
coating of diesel on you topsides.
Your upholstery and gelcoat will not get sun bleached, hell, blowing
sand won't even touch it.
Just make sure they have ample wet storage to keep your boat for a few
hours or overnight. I've seen some places reflect an assembly line, "no
stopping or standing" just like a boat ramp.
Most rack places are open all weekend, so getting your boat down
shouldn't be an issue, unless you show up at midnight. If so just call
ahead. My boat has a few very minor abrasions on hull where tines pick
her up, but nothing that cant be polished out. I pay about $1000 summer
season for 30' boat.  (Yes they can forklift a 30' boat w/twin I/O's,

about $800, temp. is kept at about 45 deg., so fire sprinklers can't
freeze.
I recommend it, I can sleep well Mon. thru Fri. knowing my boat is
locked inside and safe from the elements and I can drive my car down and
go boating instead of towing it.

 
 
 

Rack Storage

Post by DOA » Fri, 30 May 1997 04:00:00

I managed a rack and launch several years ago and we picked up a 50' 3
engine Wellcraft off shore and many 42's. 34' off shore were just another
boat for the Big Wiggin's lift truck.