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Montauk stored by hanging?
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posted 04-12-2002 11:54 AM ET (US)
I have an opportunity to obtain free storage of my 87 Montauk 17...The owner of a private pier is willing to let me use his lift for storage. The lift does not swing, so I can't set her down in a cradle, just suspend her over the water by the lifting eyes. I have a new 1/4 stainless wire and clip lifting harness of excellent quality. Does anyone else store their whaler in this manner? The mooring cover can be modified to fit under the harness, but I worry about the constant pressure on the lifting eyes. Any comments are appreciated!
posted 04-12-2002 12:14 PM ET (US)
My friend hands his 24' Baja. Those lifting eyes are plenty strong for our lightweight boats. Don't worry......be happy!
posted 04-12-2002 12:37 PM ET (US)
Believe me, I'm jumping for joy at the $$$ I'll save in storage costs. In two years, I'll have saved enough in storage costs for the downpayment for my Suzuki DF70!
posted 04-12-2002 03:07 PM ET (US)
I strongly suggest calling BW and asking them the question - the reason - those lifting eyes were intended and work well for lifting, however, storing is different. That is, fiberglass will tend to 'flow' and where the weight of your montauk is somewhat distributed over the length of the boat the maximum stress will be near the midpoint of the boat - which may then start to 'flow'. If it were my boat, I would not store a boat as you are proposing.
Now, if you were storing via a sling arrangement with the straps at mid points (perhaps at the 1/4 or 1/3 points) that would be perferrable. But again, a call to BW is adviseable. ---- Jerry/Idaho
posted 04-12-2002 03:23 PM ET (US)
I have a cousin who stores his Montauk this way. Boat has been stored like this for over 20 years and it is still going strong. No stress cracking or any other problems. I also have a friend who has been storing a 13 like this for over 30 years.
posted 04-12-2002 08:16 PM ET (US)
make sure you cover it up and tuck it in. near the water like that moisture tends to wreak havoc, especially in salt water, steve out.
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