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Old 25 October 2010, 09:54   #1
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Boat /caravan storage costs?

Have been to see a property with more barns than we would need (as well as being slightly overbudget )

Loads of space...as was an old /small dairy farm....plenty of stone outbuildings to convert when time /funds /permissions allow, but would need the large barns /hardstanding to begin earning their keep /making money early doors...

So....do any of you store your boats /caravans overwinter? If so, what would you want?

Undercover /outdoor and what would you pay per week for each option?

I will need to look into liability insurance etc (do you store at your own risk /at owners?) and what level of security would you expect for your money?

No shortage of owners who transport their vans /boats up here for the season. also any idea of the storage period woudl be great (we could happily store boast year round for use when owners arrive.....caravans tend to move onto the sites for the spring summer)

In terms of security....one lane in /out which is made up and not tarmac, but is in good nick....well maintained hedgerow too.

Will also be looking at a Certificated location for tents /caravans....

.....any help appreciated!

Thanks Dan
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Old 25 October 2010, 11:09   #2
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Just an Idea , have you thought about converting a barn into accommodation for ribbers on fishing trips especially the winter months when its too cold to camp ,if there is room for car and trailers I'm sure it would take off quite nicely .
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I'll send you some details by PM.

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Have been to see a property with more barns than we would need (as well as being slightly overbudget )

Loads of space...as was an old /small dairy farm....plenty of stone outbuildings to convert when time /funds /permissions allow, but would need the large barns /hardstanding to begin earning their keep /making money early doors...

So....do any of you store your boats /caravans overwinter? If so, what would you want?

Undercover /outdoor and what would you pay per week for each option?

I will need to look into liability insurance etc (do you store at your own risk /at owners?) and what level of security would you expect for your money?

No shortage of owners who transport their vans /boats up here for the season. also any idea of the storage period woudl be great (we could happily store boast year round for use when owners arrive.....caravans tend to move onto the sites for the spring summer)

In terms of security....one lane in /out which is made up and not tarmac, but is in good nick....well maintained hedgerow too.

Will also be looking at a Certificated location for tents /caravans....

.....any help appreciated!

Thanks Dan
Dan, That sounds like an interesting opportunity. Kerny's suggestion of turning it into a "bunkhouse" of some sort sounds interesting although would require capital investment as well as planning permission. You'd still need planning permission for change of use to boat/van storage but possibly not as difficult?

I've stored boats in various places - here is a rough idea of costs and security:

1. Dinghy park at "marina". CCTV on entrance road - but nothing to stop random person removing a boat. Cost about 350 a year as I recall. Price was for up to about 5m.

2. Boat yard in rural location, no cctv, no security, outdoors. Cost 200 a year for a 4m boat. Price per ft.

3. Inside a shed at a marina. CCTV. Shed locked outside normal hours but essentially open during the day. Cost about 500-600 a year when paid quarterly. Price was per "parking space". Discounts if you paid annually.

4. Inside a shed on a very rickety boatyard with random builders rubbish etc strewn around. Shed and outer compound both locked (with all users having keys). Cost 18 per month, based on length.

None of these places were insuring for me. All had a slipway though (use FOC to 'berth' holders).

All of these are cheap compared to the competition locally.

I wonder if there is a way you can offer a launch / recovery service on top (e.g. there is somewhere in the clyde does this for about 900 per annum). You'd obviously need to be able to launch as and when a customer needs it. Most people could probably book that the day before and would be happy for you to put boats in for the whole weekened etc... if there is somewhere safe to keep them afloat.
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Cheers guys....

Bunk house is a definate....had wated this mainly for the divers, but Ribbers etc all welcome !!

As Polwart says, permissions /capital etc will be required.....so may not be immediate...

Nasher, cheers for the detailed Pm mate....much appreciated, as is Polwarts....

Thanks guys....keep em coming!
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Old 25 October 2010, 12:33   #6
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I store my boat in a locked barn over winter, farmer only has keys. cost 25+vat.

No insurance provided, boat insurance covers it.

He allows NO access to boat over winter, which suites me fine!

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interesting thread
am looking at the issue of storage at the moment.
I am probably about to go the Boat yard at the marina route - outside, when
I woud much prefer to store inside, but the boat doesn't fit in my garage
and so far have been unable to find inside storage in the Newcastle area.
The caravan storage places are all full as well, obviously the market could take some more inside storage.
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I store my boat in a locked barn over winter, farmer only has keys. cost 25+vat.
25 + VAT for the whole winter?
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i wish ! per month

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