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dvanaken posted 09-26-2003 08:48 PM ET (US)   Profile for dvanaken   Send Email to dvanaken  
I could use some ideas. I use my Whaler in upstate NY with a very short season. About this time of year, boats either come out of the water or get hoisted up in a boathouse and propped up for the winter. Since I have a boathouse with an unused slip, I plan to lift the boat and put something (what?) across the slip opening (about 8 ft) to rest the boat on for 9 months. I've seen some pretty shoddy examples of this (like a few 6x6 timbers) but I'd like to be sure I'm supporting the hull well and not putting excess stress on the keel. Any suggestions? i could probably design something that mimic'ed the bunks on the trailer but whatever I build I have to stash in the summer so less elaborate is preferred. Thanks for your thoughts.


whaler131 posted 09-27-2003 08:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for whaler131  Send Email to whaler131     
I would use two 6x6 across, one for the stern and the other for the bow. make a pattern of the bottom of the boat and then cut wood to match. This way you have a good fit. I had a 25 carver years ago and the skid was this way. That way you could take apart in the summer. Put a good wax job on the boat and have the engine done for long storage. also put store and start in the fuel tank. Can you hang any ropes form the rafters? If so I would put one from the bow and from the stern cleats, just extra safty. good luck. I spent the day working on my 22 getting close to saying good by until spring, THATS ALWAYS A SAD DAY PUTTING HER TO BED FOR THE WINTER
dvanaken posted 09-29-2003 02:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for dvanaken  Send Email to dvanaken     

That is a great idea - to shape the 6x6 timbers - I will be using a hoist and I can leave the hoist cables in place as a safety "just in case". I can even glue and screw some plywood along the sides of the 6x6's to add some extra strength.

Thanks again for the ideas - Dale

Buckda posted 10-03-2003 07:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
dvanken -

I have also seen (in the Les Cheneaux Islands - Northern Michigan) how they store their wooden Chris-Crafts this way.

For your whaler - I'd use a third 6x6 across the middle...don't cut a notch out of the 6x6 - use chocks from the ends to make the "V" on top.

I would then use two flat boards to lay across the three 6x6's in the "V"...this will allow for keel support along the length of the keel. These need not be screwed in, so long as the chocks are secured to the 6x6 - the weight of the boat should hold them in place.

As Whaler131 suggested, I'd also leave the hoist cables attached all winter long for added security.

In the Les Cheneaux, they simply put all these timbers in the rafters of the boathouse above the boat for the summer - but depending on construction, this may not be feasible for you. I have also seen these materials stored under the "deck" of the dock on the way up to shore...(these are permanent dock systems...they just built hangers underneath and hang the timbers there - have also seen this as a cool place to store an un-used canoe during the summer...)

Good luck.


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