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Old 18 January 2010, 13:33   #11
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Yes again Southampton Dry Stack I still cant belive how friendly they are. They even help me fuel up my Rib with cans.

Ive only just joined so I would recommend it as being the best or should I say one of the best.

I did enquire at a few other places but am very happy that Ed sold me this place

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Old 18 January 2010, 16:14   #12
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Lewy has his BananaShark 770 in Southampton Dry Stack and loves it, they are courteous and organised, Drivers next door launch you from your trailer and would be cheaper I would imagine, also great people and they are all eager to please.
Drivers are great, always very helpful, but a different service to the full drystack experience.

You don't need a trailer, they will store on blocks, use a boat lifter to manoevre to the crane, then crane in.

I stick to Drivers, as I can't guarantee I'll use it enough to pay for an unlimited launch service, Drivers charge for storage, then every launch and recovery combo separately (you can also leave it in the water a few days in a row to save on this cost if planning on going out within a couple of days of the first launch. Call Gill for prices, or Gareth for a general chat.
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Old 18 January 2010, 16:55   #13
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Neil, your pm box is full

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Old 19 January 2010, 07:37   #14
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dry stacking a rib

Dead impressed with this topic.
I don't think there is anything like that in my area.

For a new boat that requires no annual repairs it's a fantastic idea.
Just read the details on there website and it's 100%

I keep mine at home lucky as i have a bit of room to do it and it stays under a covered carport.

It also has a cover on it.
Work a little bit on it from time to time getting ready for the start of the new season now.
But if I was not as fortunate to have some room I would have liked to have had dry storage.
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Old 19 January 2010, 14:36   #15
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I am planning on visiting a number of dry stack locations this Saturday.

If you're around I'll pop by.
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Old 20 January 2010, 11:35   #16
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I have my RIB at KB Boatyard on the Camber, a great team of people....

Last year was my first with a RIB and I have to say that the dry stack system really works well, we phone about an hour before we want to go and the boat is in the water when we arrive. Having read so much about boats being either vandalised or stolen, it's a weight off the mind to know it's safe.

I think costs are around 2k a year - not sure how that compares.
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Old 01 July 2010, 04:54   #17
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Southampton dry stack - too perfect?

We had our rib at Southampton dry stack 2 years ago, and had very few issues with the friendly staff and service. The fact that it could have some with some with showers, and the rust from the next door scrap yard does seem to coat boats in a layer of grime, was minor inconveniences.
However unforeseen circumstances meant that unfortunately we had to sell the rib very quickly, and having been a fully paid up member annually to the facility, we were shocked to discover that although we had only used 6 months of our membership, we were only entitled to a refund if they found another boat to take over our spot. Of course they never did....... and perhaps never wanted to (only opting to fill empty spaces first)?
The fact being, that had we paid on a monthly basis (instead of paying everything up front), we could have stopped the direct debits instantly and If they had been accommodating with the situation, then we would have gone straight back to them 1 year later, with our new bigger rib. The fact that they choose this attitude to deal with the situation, meant that I cannot recommend them, and I would not use them again.
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Old 01 July 2010, 12:35   #18
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We had our rib at Southampton dry stack 2 years ago, and had very few issues with the friendly staff and service. The fact that it could have some with some with showers, and the rust from the next door scrap yard does seem to coat boats in a layer of grime, was minor inconveniences.
However unforeseen circumstances meant that unfortunately we had to sell the rib very quickly, and having been a fully paid up member annually to the facility, we were shocked to discover that although we had only used 6 months of our membership, we were only entitled to a refund if they found another boat to take over our spot. Of course they never did....... and perhaps never wanted to (only opting to fill empty spaces first)?
The fact being, that had we paid on a monthly basis (instead of paying everything up front), we could have stopped the direct debits instantly and If they had been accommodating with the situation, then we would have gone straight back to them 1 year later, with our new bigger rib. The fact that they choose this attitude to deal with the situation, meant that I cannot recommend them, and I would not use them again.
I don't know Southampton dry stack, but normally hear good reports about them.

I guess if you've signed a 12 month contract with them, then they will hold you to that contract. It would be hard to run a business like that if customers are allowed to hop in and out of contractual arrangements.
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The fact being, that had we paid on a monthly basis (instead of paying everything up front), we could have stopped the direct debits instantly
In breach of your contract perhaps?

My business lets "space over time" for contracted periods. I'm fed up with clients (who's contracts I'm legally obliged to honour, come what may) crying about how their circumstances have changed and they want their money back. Generally I give 'em a credit note and say "see you later".

Possibly the dry stack should have done something similar.
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Im at Cobbs Quay Dry Stack in Poole, very friendly service and no tide issues to deal with, good facilities on site, cafe, shop, showers/toilets and marine services on site. Easy to get to.
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