High & Dry Indoor Rack Storage Marinas ?

High & Dry Indoor Rack Storage Marinas ?

Post by HarryKraus » Fri, 20 Aug 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

> Hi All

> Have any of you ever kept a boat in one of those High & Dry indoor rack
> storage marinas?

> It seems like a good idea but I'm sure there are some cons to it.

> Fork lift not available
> Limited hours
> Damage to Boat ...ETC.

> I'd appreciate hearing your stories.

> Thanks



It's a great idea if the place you pick is careful. If you were in NE
Florida, I'd suggest Mayport Marine. They really know how to run a high and
dry operation. Top equipment and facilities and no wet behind the ears kids
running the gear. Other places I've seen look sloppy.

visit a few places on a busy weekend and see how careful they are.
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High & Dry Indoor Rack Storage Marinas ?

Post by wozz » Fri, 20 Aug 1999 04:00:00

Hi All

Have any of you ever kept a boat in one of those High & Dry indoor rack
storage marinas?

It seems like a good idea but I'm sure there are some cons to it.

Fork lift not available
Limited hours
Damage to Boat ...ETC.

I'd appreciate hearing your stories.

Thanks



 
 
 

High & Dry Indoor Rack Storage Marinas ?

Post by Phoeni » Sat, 21 Aug 1999 04:00:00

Harry,
If they drop your boat, don't you just get a new boat.  This might be a way
to always keep a new boat.

--
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Quote:

> > Hi All

> > Have any of you ever kept a boat in one of those High & Dry indoor rack
> > storage marinas?

> > It seems like a good idea but I'm sure there are some cons to it.

> > Fork lift not available
> > Limited hours
> > Damage to Boat ...ETC.

> > I'd appreciate hearing your stories.

> > Thanks


> It's a great idea if the place you pick is careful. If you were in NE
> Florida, I'd suggest Mayport Marine. They really know how to run a high
and
> dry operation. Top equipment and facilities and no wet behind the ears
kids
> running the gear. Other places I've seen look sloppy.

> visit a few places on a busy weekend and see how careful they are.
> --

> Harry Krause
> - - - - - - - - - - - -
> If you can't beat 'em - shoot 'em


 
 
 

High & Dry Indoor Rack Storage Marinas ?

Post by TCarden » Sat, 21 Aug 1999 04:00:00

Wouldn't have it any other way! The only drawback is my marina won't let me
work on mine during business hours. They are happy to leave it on an outside
rack for me to wash it or tinker with it after hours, and they even let me
cheat on that a bit so I try not to abuse the privlege. Haven't had any damage
at all and the boat is always in the water when I ask for it.

For me, it was far cheaper than it was gonna cost me to buy a tow vehicle. I
drive a '74 VW Super Beetle and my wife drives a Mustang. (and don't even start
with the Geo Metro flashbacks, I never tried to tow my 3000# boat with either)
Not to mention wear and tear on a vehicle. And it's a faster trip to the lake
not having to hitch up and all. My marina will even fuel it for me and toss a
few bags of ice on if I ask them to. Like I said, wouldn't have it any other
way.

Good luck,

Tom

 
 
 

High & Dry Indoor Rack Storage Marinas ?

Post by RGrew1 » Sat, 21 Aug 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

>Hi All

>Have any of you ever kept a boat in one of those High & Dry indoor rack
>storage marinas?

>It seems like a good idea but I'm sure there are some cons to it.
>Fork lift not available
>Limited hours
>Damage to Boat ...ETC.

>I'd appreciate hearing your stories.

>Thanks

I have been it rack storage since 1996. I currently own a 30' boat that is rack
stored. Yes you are limited to the hours they are open. However at my marina
there are about a dozen docks that are for those of us who rack store to use. I
have kept my boat in the water as long a 2 weeks with no problems. The longest
I have had to wait to get the boat out of the rack and into the water is 12
minutes.

Some of the pros:

The boat tends to stay cleaner just gets dusty from the hi-lo's running in and
out.

The boat is out of the weather except for the time you are using it. It tends
to look newer longer as it is not exposed to the suns damaging rays.

Some of the cons:

Hours are limited to those the marina is open.

Boats above you can and do leak fluids down onto your boat. Where they keep
mine it is in the contract that if your boat leaks onto boats below you it must
be fixed ASAP after being reported.

There is always a risk for damage since boats are being handled several times a
season. I did have some gelcoat damage to my last boat caused by them and it
was repaired within a week after I reported it to them.

Like Harry said in his reply check out some places first and watch how they
handle the boats and talk to customers about the facility.

I love rack and launch, it works for me.

 
 
 

High & Dry Indoor Rack Storage Marinas ?

Post by Karl Denning » Sat, 21 Aug 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

>I assume that this storage option is not a good idea for someone who has a
>1984 20ft boat that I bought for $4,300, considering that I do trailer it
>and have ample space in my backyard. Am I correct? The boat is in almost
>tiptop condition however, everything works, no blisters, etc. There is some
>rot in the transom however that I will work on this fall.

Why not?

It tends to be a bit expensive, but no more than a slip in a first-class
place.  

You have to ask what you primarily do.  If you're primarily going to be
boating in one place then it makes LOADS of sense.  If you're not (with
a trailer boat) then it doesn't.

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High & Dry Indoor Rack Storage Marinas ?

Post by Larry KN4 » Sat, 21 Aug 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

>Hi All

>Have any of you ever kept a boat in one of those High & Dry indoor rack
>storage marinas?

>It seems like a good idea but I'm sure there are some cons to it.

>Fork lift not available
>Limited hours
>Damage to Boat ...ETC.

>I'd appreciate hearing your stories.

>Thanks



The damage done to them here is when they take the boat out of the
water, play flush it halfassed leaving seawater in all the plumbing
and engine, store it in the nice dry rack where the awful heat in the
storage building boils or drys off the water, leaving the salt eating
away at the expensive metal it's stuck to....

Rushing owners to get the hell out of the way of the next boat going
in or out, compounds the problem of improper flushing.  Lots of boats
don't get flushed at all!  Nothing like a little dryed-on seawater to
eat right through the heads, exhaust system, headers, etc....eh?

At least back in the water the ZINCS WORK!

Larry

 
 
 

High & Dry Indoor Rack Storage Marinas ?

Post by Karl Denning » Sat, 21 Aug 1999 04:00:00


Quote:




>* >I assume that this storage option is not a good idea for someone who has a
>* >1984 20ft boat that I bought for $4,300, considering that I do trailer it
>* >and have ample space in my backyard. Am I correct? The boat is in almost
>* >tiptop condition however, everything works, no blisters, etc. There is some
>* >rot in the transom however that I will work on this fall.
>*
>* Why not?
>*
>* It tends to be a bit expensive, but no more than a slip in a first-class
>* place.  
>*
>* You have to ask what you primarily do.  If you're primarily going to be
>* boating in one place then it makes LOADS of sense.  If you're not (with
>* a trailer boat) then it doesn't.

>I like going to different places. Eventually I want to fish too. I do not
>feel like I want to keep my boat in a slip.

If you wouldn't keep it in a harbor then dry-stack is no good.

Dry-stack storage is a replacement for a slip without its disadvantages
(it does add a few of its own, but it comes with lots of advantages too)

I have my 19 footer in dry-stack on the Chain (at Bald Knob); they're
a first-class outfit and if you're primarily going to be on the chain
they're the place to go with for the service.

If I want to grab it to run down to the Big Lake (when its nice enough :-)
I can just call them and they'll put it in the water for me - then show
up with the trailer, load it up, and go.

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High & Dry Indoor Rack Storage Marinas ?

Post by Karl Denning » Sat, 21 Aug 1999 04:00:00


Quote:


>>Hi All

>>Have any of you ever kept a boat in one of those High & Dry indoor rack
>>storage marinas?

>>It seems like a good idea but I'm sure there are some cons to it.

>>Fork lift not available
>>Limited hours
>>Damage to Boat ...ETC.

>>I'd appreciate hearing your stories.

>>Thanks


>The damage done to them here is when they take the boat out of the
>water, play flush it halfassed leaving seawater in all the plumbing
>and engine, store it in the nice dry rack where the awful heat in the
>storage building boils or drys off the water, leaving the salt eating
>away at the expensive metal it's stuck to....

>Rushing owners to get the hell out of the way of the next boat going
>in or out, compounds the problem of improper flushing.  Lots of boats
>don't get flushed at all!  Nothing like a little dryed-on seawater to
>eat right through the heads, exhaust system, headers, etc....eh?

>At least back in the water the ZINCS WORK!

>Larry

You have a point there.  I wouldn't use dry-stack storage in a sal***er
environment; the risk of exactly what you're describing is significant.

With sal***er as a primary operating environment I'd want a closed cooling
system (this confines any seawater damage to the heat exchanger and pump
in most cases)

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