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Old 10 August 2016, 07:55   #1
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Hi All, would be interested in your experiences of the various Boat storage options in the South. I am based in London, ideal location for storage would be along the A3 or M3 or M4 corridors, given I will use the boat either in the Solent, Cornwall/Devon or take it to Ireland via the Holyhead ferry. Around the solent, Chichester is better than Beaulieu etc purely from an access standpoint. I have a full cover being made currently, but covered storage still preferable to me - but is it necessary? I was thinking about the engine in the winter. Security critical and ease of access over the weekends also really important. Somewhere to connect a hose and wash the boat down after use and flush the engine etc would also be a distinct advantage. I have considered Dry Stack - but the cost prohibitive. Especially given how little I will be using the boat. RIB is a Zodiac Pro Open 550 on an Indispension Trailer so around 20ft total length. Thanks in advance Best JT
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I appreciate your point on the cost of dry stacking, but we dry stack! Lol
Got to say the convenience of a email or phone call to the yard and your boat is ready to go, spark up, lines away and your off
I'm not sure if your thinking of staying afloat or trailering but if it's the former you've got the added cost of anti-fouling and the detrimental affect of the boat being in the water for a prolonged period of time. I've done all sorts over the years but found dry stacking by-far the best for us. Why don't u try it of a few months as see how it works out for you?
FYI the yard we use also wash and refit the cover to the boat after every use ( all for a easy life )
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Old 10 August 2016, 11:16   #3
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Hi Lee,

Thanks for the note. Storage in a yard away from the coast, even indoors v Drystack is quite a big gap in terms of pricing as far as I have learned - however if your pricing is competitive then I would be happy to explore it. The boat is 5.5m Zodiac - what would this cost on say a 12 month basis.

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Try MDL Marinas. They have 17 marinas all over the south east and west. Most have facilities for boat on trailer storage and you can visit any of their other marinas at no extra cost. Also, slipway fees are included as is parking. Cost is about £20 per metre per month but if you pay bi-annually in advance it brings the cost down a bit.

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Try MDL Marinas. They have 17 marinas all over the south east and west. Most have facilities for boat on trailer storage and you can visit any of their other marinas at no extra cost. Also, slipway fees are included as is parking. Cost is about £20 per metre per month but if you pay bi-annually in advance it brings the cost down a bit.

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Hi,

FYI, dry stacking your boat at my yard would cost £2,430 (inc vat) for summer use and winter storage, or £2,700 (inc vat) for year round use and storage. It's not the cheap option, but you will find you use your boat an awful lot more

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FYI, dry stacking your boat at my yard would cost £2,430 (inc vat) for summer use and winter storage, or £2,700 (inc vat) for year round use and storage. It's not the cheap option, but you will find you use your boat an awful lot more

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Absolutely, we're defiantly on the water more than when we used to trailer - I emailed our yard this morning and the boat will go in sometime tomorrow ready for Cowes fireworks tomorrow evening and of course the weekend!

We've had some glorious days on the water where we'd probably not bother trailering and all the associated faffing but gone out due to the ease of dry stacking
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I hear you all on Drystacking and using the boat more, realistically I had my old boat (25ft Trophy) on a marina and the last year I owned it I used it 3 times...... So I dont expect to be using the boat all that much during the year. Hence dry stacking less viable for me, it would just be a waste, and then I still need to store my trailer so that I can get the Boat to Ireland every year. My work and other commitments and family life just does not make it viable. Have found some good storage options on the South Coast (Chichester) at around £900 for the year indoors which is not bad and access from 7am 7 days a week, and around £10 a week outdoor storage just off the M3 near Sandhurst at a water ski club, but access times are not great. At the moment I am paying £10 for indoor storage on an ad how week by week basis in North Wales. Would still like to find indoor storage between A3 and M4 corridors or their hinterlands at a reasonable price. Anyone any ideas?
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I hear you all on Drystacking and using the boat more, realistically I had my old boat (25ft Trophy) on a marina and the last year I owned it I used it 3 times...... So I dont expect to be using the boat all that much during the year. Hence dry stacking less viable for me, it would just be a waste, and then I still need to store my trailer so that I can get the Boat to Ireland every year. My work and other commitments and family life just does not make it viable. Have found some good storage options on the South Coast (Chichester) at around £900 for the year indoors which is not bad and access from 7am 7 days a week, and around £10 a week outdoor storage just off the M3 near Sandhurst at a water ski club, but access times are not great. At the moment I am paying £10 for indoor storage on an ad how week by week basis in North Wales. Would still like to find indoor storage between A3 and M4 corridors or their hinterlands at a reasonable price. Anyone any ideas?

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How wide is the 5.5? I used to keep my pro 500 in a container. Safe, secure and out of the weather.

My current boat doesn't fit in one but my last three boats all did - worth looking to see if your's will.
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