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Old 27 June 2007, 09:51   #1
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To stack or not to stack (boat storage)

Thinking of keeping my boat around the Solent for a couple of months, as I will be bringing it back from Salcombe mid July! Thought I may keep it on the Thames, but the wife & I think it would be better down south!
Have looked in to www.southamptondrystack.co.uk & www.dryberthing.com !
Dry B. looks cheaper but if you include the cost of launching which SDS include there is not much in it! Any one with any experience of ether or recommend some where ells?
I do have a trailer & if the price is much lower would consider hard standing & I will launch!

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Old 27 June 2007, 10:03   #2
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Drivers..... top crowd ! Or Stu (Roguewave) might have space for trailer and self launch..
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Old 27 June 2007, 10:34   #3
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highly recommend SDS, they're a great bunch of guys who'll really look after your boat and treat it with kid gloves!!
if you just want to get on with trouble free boating with no faffing around then thats the place you need to be.
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Old 27 June 2007, 10:38   #4
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Hi Nick,

Have a look at these two threads:

http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=17735

http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?...pton+dry+stack

I keep mine at SDS also - absolutely faultless service.
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SDS, the way every service should be, they are efficeient and friendly, treat your boat the way you wish you could. I kep mine there and live in Newcstle upon Tyne and even I find them easy.....

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Old 27 June 2007, 11:06   #6
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What do people do about fuel is it available on site?
If I use Drivers dry berth it will be on a trailer so I can pull it round to a local garage!
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What do people do about fuel is it available on site?
If I use Drivers dry berth it will be on a trailer so I can pull it round to a local garage!
Tow up to garage... or cans from the garage if you can't be arsed to tow..., just up the road...or nip over to Hythe Marina..and pay their prices..Lock in and out..
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Old 27 June 2007, 11:46   #8
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I have just arranged to keep Volans at SDS and have been very pleased with the service. As I am most often short handed, me and the dog, it is so convenient to roll up and head off knowing that when I get back the guys at SDS will get the boat out, wash it, flush the engine and tuck it away safely.
It is also so convenient to decide on a day out at short notice without trailing the boat down. I suspect though that using the boat more will cost in petrol but hell I bought the RIB to use!
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What do people do about fuel is it available on site?
If I use Drivers dry berth it will be on a trailer so I can pull it round to a local garage!
Not available on site but you could store your trailer there and they will put it onto the trailer for you, or I suspect for ease of use just use on water supplies somewhere.

I would say one of the great things about SDS is they are very quick getting boats into and out of water. I have never rafted up or been rafted to when on the dock and its always easy to get hose to the boat and load and unload gear.

I know many people who swear by Drivers and those who love SDS, go meet the people and look around, they both have merits of their own but both deliver a great, albeit slightly differant service.

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Old 27 June 2007, 13:19   #10
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Will try & get down to have a look, SDS do not have on site storage for trailers, but can store them at the uni. for a 5 a week!
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