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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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Drivers..... top crowd ! Or Stu (Roguewave) might have space for trailer and self launch..
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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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why don't you attend the Drivers Poker run on July 7 th You can have a look at Drivers SDS at the same time and have a really fantastic day.

i'll go find a link for you

http://www.dryberthing.com/content/view/24/2/



http://media.boatmad.com/gallery/v/e...errun2006/jon/
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Old 27 June 2007, 14:40   #12
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why don't you attend the Drivers Poker run on July 7 th You can have a look at Drivers SDS at the same time and have a really fantastic day.

i'll go find a link for you

http://www.dryberthing.com/content/view/24/2/



http://media.boatmad.com/gallery/v/e...errun2006/jon/
Good idea but I will be down in devon on the 7th!
Shall have to get down some other time!
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Old 27 June 2007, 15:21   #13
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Good idea but I will be down in devon on the 7th!
Shall have to get down some other time!
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Drivers

Hi Nick,

I can't recommend Drivers enough, they've been great in the few months I've been there so far.

Different set up to SDS as you know, but you can trail to get fuel, so that's easier and cheaper, take it anywhere else you like for a weekend on new waters without extra hassle collecting trailer etc. And for me, the biggest benefit is that if I don't use the launces, I have not paid for them like SDS and other dry stack sites. I'm unlikely to use that many launches that it becomes more expensive than the dry stackers, and you also have the choice to trail somewhere and launch yourself of course.

Gill, Gareth and the guys are a really nice bunch.
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Old 13 August 2007, 09:20   #15
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Well up date going down to Salcombe Friday to pick up the boat & bring it back to Bucks! Then plane to take it down Sunday to Drivers & have a day out on the boat as well!
So it looks like I will be able to get some use out of it the year after all!
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We just changed to Dry Stack after a few months of trailer sailing.

Dry Stack takes all the stress away and has to be the answer.

The price does tend to bring the stress back, but pay for the year up front and the pain fades quickly!
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We just changed to Dry Stack after a few months of trailer sailing.

Dry Stack takes all the stress away and has to be the answer.

The price does tend to bring the stress back, but pay for the year up front and the pain fades quickly!
Yep it is a bit expensive, but in Salcombe I'm paying £122 to launch & recover + £71 a month to store her!! They have also started charging a extra £43 to do a pre-launch clean & check!! Which I have told them to forget!
This year is my first for paying for all of this as up till last year I stored it for free & launched & recovered my self!
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Yep it is a bit expensive, but in Salcombe I'm paying £122 to launch & recover + £71 a month to store her!! They have also started charging a extra £43 to do a pre-launch clean & check!! Which I have told them to forget!
This year is my first for paying for all of this as up till last year I stored it for free & launched & recovered my self!
Who were you paying that to? Was the £43 a compulsory every time charge? I'm sure you could get it cheaper!
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Who were you paying that to? Was the £43 a compulsory every time charge? I'm sure you could get it cheaper!
Hi, no I have asked Blue water not to do the check B4 they launch as the can not start mine out of the water anyway!
I Have looked around & have not found better yet, can you tell me where to look?

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