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Old 21 July 2009, 18:12   #11
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This could confuse your average garage lurking 'Tea Leaf'.
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Old 22 July 2009, 08:40   #12
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Garage for me

I have a 4.1 m rib which fits more than comfortably into my slightly larger than normal garage.

On the issue of security, i bought an old van for 50 which i just leave on my driveway in front of the garage. this makes life difficult for would be thieves as hey have the added problem of dealing with the van.

overall security= clamp , deadlock on garage door , chain on trailer which is used to chain to a fixing point i found on the ceiling.

dodgy van in front of garage.

and i'm still convinced its going to get nicked...... perhaps i need cctv that i can access anytime

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Old 22 July 2009, 09:21   #13
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18ft 9in. I guess I would be looking at a maximum length of 4.5m rib but It will depend upon trailer.
You may be able to squeeze in a 5m - your garage is not amillion tho' different to mine- I had an SR4 that I could reverse in & leave the engine up - I now have the humber, a non standard trailer and a piece of carpet down the back wall to protect the engine.

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I know some trailers have a swivel arm which may be useful but dont know much about them. Anyone any ideas about this?
I thought asbout that but the thought was immediately followed by "what a PITA having to dismantle the trailer every time". I called Mersea traielrs who did me a short drawbar version of the old Snipe R750 braked (they bought Snipe out as I was ordering it!) Anyway, it all fits in with 1/2" to spare 'tween hitch & door! If you are careful with weights & have a big enough car you could get away with an unbraked trailer, which has a lot less sticking out the front.



I wanted to keep mine in the garage as I am pretty central to lots of different water, and as Polwart says, diverting 2 hrs to pick it up if I want to go the other way........


As for security, I am of the belief that no matter how well you lock it down, if someone really wants it, they'll take it. Main aim is to make it marginally more difficult to nick than the next one!
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Old 22 July 2009, 10:36   #14
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You may be able to squeeze in a 5m
Our 5.3m Ribcraft with shortened drawbar braked trailer is 8.5m or 21ft 6ins overall with the Suzuki DF90 down

Watch the garage door width too...our boat clears the door frame by 20mm each side and so we winch it in
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Old 22 July 2009, 12:25   #15
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My 4.8m Ribcraft did fit in my garage with the draw bar removed and the tubes deflated. The garage is 1950's construction, which is a tight squeeze for modern cars (not sure on the actual dimensions)
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Old 22 July 2009, 13:56   #16
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I have the latest model Avon 470 Adventure and that fits just fine in my standard sized garage, although the trailer does has a rather short draw bar, but even so there is still about a foot clearance from the door.

As someone else pointed out the width might be more of an issue as I only have a couple of inches clearance on both sides going through the door. Height may also be an issue if you go for a boat with a windscreen on the consol.
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As someone else pointed out the width might be more of an issue as I only have a couple of inches clearance on both sides going through the door. Height may also be an issue if you go for a boat with a windscreen on the consol.
Which reminds me...we had to have a non-standard A frame made. It clears the up-and-over garage door by 0.5ins The windscreen clears by a massive 0.75 ins
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Old 22 July 2009, 19:30   #18
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It depends on all sorts of things including the approach to the garage. My 5.8m won't go into a 9m long garage because of the trailer drawbar length, but even if it would there is no way I'd get it in because the door, though it is 2.5mx2.5m which is quite a bit bigger than a standard door, is only a few inches wider than the boat and there isn't enough room to get the perfectly straight back approach you would need to get it through with such a small clearance either side.
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Old 22 July 2009, 19:41   #19
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Mine's a bit 'made to measure' too.
Another coat of paint on the reveals and I'd need to let the toobs down
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Old 23 July 2009, 04:20   #20
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My zodiac 7-Man Pro (4.2m) fits with about an inch to spare. The engine is down and steering at hard lock. This is on an Indespension Rollercoaster (750kg load) break-back trailer. I noticed that the winch post could move further forward, which would allow a bigger boat to be accommodated, possibly a Pro 9-Man which is 4.9m long.

Regards security, I agree with Polwart, in as much as all my immediate neighbours know what's in the garage, and obviously I'm aware of passing cars, and those who are taking more than a passing interest.

Security-wise, there's an Indespension hitch-lock, wheel lock, Yamaha outboard-lock, yale security push-bolt locks (x2) on the garage door, and it's linked to the main Yale security house alarm. I also have the option for it to ring my mobile if the alarm is triggered!
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