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Old 21 September 2010, 05:48   #1
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How do you store yours?

Brief background....We are looking to buy a smallholding with a few acres. Long term will be looking to have an air station and bunkhouse for divers and from where we can run residential courses with a local marine charity etc.

However, will also want to house the RIB (s) and have workshop facilities on site....Currently have the 6.5 but may require another if a tender we've submitted comes in. Also want to house the D class for which we have just picked up some estuary work....ideally, a barn it is!

BUT, have seen a great property which needs a lot doing and doesn't have a big enough barn....in all other ways great!

Will def suck up any money i have geting the house right, and so building a new barn isn't possible for a few years (circa £12K from my inital investigations)....

So, just wondering whether anyone has any cheap sugestions.....how do you store yours? Any ideas for budget ways of keeping it out of the elements /under cover to work on?

Any suggestions appreciated!

Dan

PS Also want to be nearer the lifeboat station....but haven't used that in my bargaining with the wife

PPS will be down in folkestone for a couple of days collecting an SR4 from Glenn Collins of this parish, so apologies if slow to respond....
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Old 21 September 2010, 06:02   #2
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How about a polly-tunnel? I think you might need planning permission but if they think it's for the small holding rather than rib cover they might be more easily persuaded to say yes.
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Old 21 September 2010, 06:10   #3
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do as the farmers do to protect machinery/livestock etc just a roof/cow shed. Though some put one or two sides on if its a tall structure or particularly exposed. It keeps the elements off the boat. Stops the sun and rain but the wind travels through.

We have a corrugated iron roof supported between two sheds that are 15ft apart.

4 big posts and some sheeting would do it. Old telegraph poles are the best if you can source them.
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Old 21 September 2010, 06:11   #4
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Some people use marquees - quite cheap, but not going to last forever.
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Old 21 September 2010, 06:19   #5
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A temporary solution would be a timber frame with a tarp over it to keep the element s off but allow air to pass through to stop everything going green.
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Old 21 September 2010, 06:47   #6
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The local boatyard uses plastic pipes as hoops over the boat and then shrink wraps it. Google Ardfern yacht Centre, go to Galleries, Shrink Wrap service, to see what's possible.

I would think polytunnel hoops and large heavy duty tarps would be ok.
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Get a couple of old 40 ft containers or even portacabins and roof the gap. It may be a bit more expensive than some other suggestions but then you may find you are still using it in 10yrs time.

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Get a couple of old 40 ft containers or even portacabins and roof the gap. It may be a bit more expensive than some other suggestions but then you may find you are still using it in 10yrs time.

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Thats a good solution as you have storage both sides and a work area inbetween.
All depends how pleasing to the eye it needs to be.
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£100 ebay blue cover is all that protects mine from the elements and although the deck and console can get grubby over extended periods of storage (Winter) the RIB and more importantly tubes are as good today as it was 3 years ago when new.
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PPS will be down in folkestone for a couple of days collecting an SR4 from Glenn Collins of this parish, so apologies if slow to respond....
What days you in Folkestone?, my neck of the woods, if you have hour to spare give me a shout for a natter and coffee..might even pay LOL

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Old 23 September 2010, 03:52   #11
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Some great suggestions, thanks guys....

Like the two container one. The planners are quite strict round this way, so may not work, but have seen a clever permanent barn solution which actually uses two containers as side sheds /part of the structure....you may have missed your dragons den moment jon.esp

Paul...had considered a hay type shelter....and funnily enough know where i can get some old t'graph poles....

Liking the polytunnel idea best at the moment. esp as we'd want one for growing in the long term anyway.....In fact, i'm pretty sure i know where there are some galv hoops from a long closed nursery....they may wish to sell?

Viper, thanks for the PM....may well be in touch.

Bingomike...sorry, didn't open RIbnet while we were away....would have been good to meet up, but we got back yesterday. Fair old schlep towing a small trailer, but it behaved pefectly.

Friend of mine has bought Glenn Collins' SR4 (thanks Glenn). Nice little boat.....Owen will be along here at some point i'm sure.....he's already planning an early fettle.....he'll fit in well I suspect

Now, can anyone offer any suggestions as to how I can make £100K in the next few weeks (or more if feasible....but £100K would do for now)
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Now, can anyone offer any suggestions as to how I can make £100K in the next few weeks (or more if feasible....but £100K would do for now)
Lol, I'm sure you'll get a few suggestions, but some might not be quite what you had in mind...

Regards cover would these be any good:

http://www.dancover.co.uk/Boatstorage.htm
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Regards cover would these be any good:

http://www.dancover.co.uk/Boatstorage.htm
Oi, chewy!

I've already suggested a marquee, which is like those things, but with windows (probably cheaper too)
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Oi, chewy!

I've already suggested a marquee, which is like those things, but with windows (probably cheaper too)
And if I get one with windows I can use it for wedding hire afterwards..... Will all help with the 'barn fund'
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Oi, chewy!

I've already suggested a marquee, which is like those things, but with windows (probably cheaper too)
Mines better though as its called Dancover after the OP!
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