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Old 16 July 2012, 11:39   #1
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Does anyone store their RIB in a shipping container?

As part of an ongoing search for better storage solutions, I wondered if anyone keeps their RIB in a shipping container?

Pros would be good security (presumably).

Cons would be size - 20ft length would be too short, 40ft is massive, 30ft ideal, but rare or has to be custom made. Also width is an issue - would need to be "pallett wide" size at least, or preferably a non-standard 9ft wide (i.e. non-shipping standard).

Is condensation an issue, especially if putting the boat in wet?

Also surprised by how expensive these are, even old, rusty, bashed up things. Also, not exactly easy to move around...

Anyone any experience?

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Old 16 July 2012, 13:48   #2
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Spooky, I've just been looking at one to put in an open barn.
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Old 16 July 2012, 13:52   #3
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Would it get hot in the sun?

(if we had any)
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You can refrigerated ones
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You can refrigerated ones
That's assuming you want to pay for the power/diesel and the servicing of the fridge unit.

They aren't going to be low hours...
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Old 16 July 2012, 14:15   #6
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We have a 20ft one for storage and it has suffered from condensation if left closed for some time. Nothing serious and paperwork doesn't get damp etc in there, so I'd say you will be fine.

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Have got 2 shipping containers both 20ft and 40ft. everything goes in. Condensation IS a problem unless you fit vents to the sides.On real warm sunny days just open the doors.
There are 3mtr widths available but more expensive, Use a standard width and lower the pressure in the tubes.
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Old 17 July 2012, 01:52   #8
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Until recently we had a 20' ISO container as a store, no problem with. condensation but we were in there almost every day.

We kept 2 jetskis in one for a while, no problem there.
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We raced the RIB in Cape Town and the boat was shipped there in a 40' container with spares etc - we used it as a garage for the week we were racing and then shipped it home in the same container, getting things out of it in the heat had to be done quickly - not sure it would be such an issue in the UK!
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Old 17 July 2012, 13:07   #10
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Thanks for all the feedback.

Sounds like it's a possibility (maybe with vents or plywood lining to minimise condensation e.g. over the winter).

Just need to see if I can find one the right size at the right price...

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