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Old 02 August 2020, 12:44   #1
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Storing Excel 435 in Garden

Hi - I have an Excel 435HD and am wondering how people who don't deflate their SIBs for a season store them? Currently my best bet is:


When the outboard is off - store with the transom wheels down and the nose on a tarp on the ground, keel deflated.



When the outboard is on - store transom wheels down and the nose up on a small plastic table with soft edges... about a third of the boat length in from the bow.


Somehow it feels like it should be off the ground... are their any adverse effects by storing the boat up on the wheels with the weight of the engine?


Or should I take off the wheels, deflate the keel and lay it flat?


I think any bending of the Ali deck would be protected by the rigidness on the tubes...


Thanks!
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Old 02 August 2020, 12:52   #2
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The only comment I'd make is re the transom wheels. Tyres hate sitting on one position and it can cause the rubber to perish/crack... particularly with cheap Chinese tyres on most transom wheels.
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Old 03 August 2020, 03:58   #3
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Is there any way you could suspend it somewhere off the ground? Mice and other rodents would soon move in and start nibbling.
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Old 03 August 2020, 04:48   #4
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mine is on a trailer so anything that will suspend it as good as that. mice wise i have a wood shed which has a much better habitat than the boat
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I would replicate trailer bunks with some treated 4x2 And carpet ,also add some supports under the keel and transom, then you could leave your outboard on if you had too.
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Old 08 August 2020, 02:22   #6
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Thanks for the replies... I'd definitely feel more comfortable with it off the floor at all times and covered well.

I've had a thread on here about 'do you bolt your outboard to the transom?' so am learning what the general consensus is with regard to how people store their boats.

I'm going to look into the pros and cons of leaving an outboard bolted on vesus taking it off/inside every night. My house is secure and the boat is behind a locked high gate so it's pretty safe.

Thanks all
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