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awares posted 04-02-2001 10:06 PM ET (US)   Profile for awares   Send Email to awares  
Someday my little 13' Whalers will grow up and be 16' or longer. I am currently in the process of planning a new garage to hold all my current and future Whalers.

I want this garage to be able to handle possibly a Montauk, Dauntless or an Outrage.

I need recomendations on door height and length measurements.

If possible I would like fellow Whalers to measure and post measurements. I am sure other users would also benefit from this information.

Thanks, Allen Wares

lhg posted 04-02-2001 10:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Good question. I have been all throught this problem when I bought a Classic 18 Outrage, so here's what you need for that boat.

Minimum, which requires the following conditions:

1. HEIGHT - A trailer where the boat sits fairly low, and with tongue jack. You can JUST fit this under the standard residential garage door height of 7'. Console can't be raised. If none of this applies, you will need an 8' door height. The tongue jack can be used to drop the boat down a little to get the console rail under.

2. WIDTH - Once again, trailer can be critical. If the boat sits on a 6'8" wide trailer (these are available) it will fit into an 8' wide door. Otherwise you will need a 9' door (recommended) if you have an 8' wide trailer. The garage width itself should be 10', so you can still walk around the boat.

3. LENGTH - Trailer tongue length matters here more than boat length. Also, whether engines are set back, and type/size of engines. 4 strokes seem to be a little longer. My 18 fits into a garage of 22'-6", by an inch! Engines set back 10". Because of 10 keel rollers on SS shafts, extra tongue length is not needed. The boat will roll off even when the rear roller is out of the water. Can retreive same way, so car wheels never get near water. This allows one to get
a given boat into a shorter than usual garage. Comfortable garage length for an 18' Outrage would be 24'.

For an 18 Dauntless, you'd definitely want 9' wide door, 8' high and 24' long.

triblet posted 04-03-2001 12:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
My Montauk fits in an area 8'W, 7'H, 21'L.
It just fits in all three dimensions (about
4" clearance on each side, 4" above, 4" behind and about 12" in front, and has a
removable tongue on the trailer. Dauntlesses
and Outrages have taller consoles.

If you are about to build a garage, put a
BIG door on it. I've got a corner of my
property that someday I want to put a shop
/ boat garage on, and when I do, it's going
to have at least a 9' high door, two car
width and be about 35' deep. No, I'm not
planning on putting a 34' whaler in it. ;-)


lpaton posted 04-03-2001 06:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for lpaton  Send Email to lpaton     
Build door high! I have a 30'x30' garage I built before aquiring my Outrage19 and can't get it in the door(s) because of console height. It has to winter outside. Its a shame.
blackdog posted 04-03-2001 02:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog  Send Email to blackdog     
Amazing, I was just searching for Garages plans / designs. Check out this site I like the Maple Creek
My 16í Dauntless will not fit in my Garage, which is 20 x 20. Builders rip you off these days by shaving a few feet off here and there; a car barley fits in which is tight due to 8ft doors. I think the minimum you should go is 24 x 24. Go big, it isnít that much more money upfront to blow out a plan and add a few feet here and there. I am planning ahead for the next Whaler. I didnít think about the ceiling height. I love this site!


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