Now that I've just purchased and started to make friends with my big "retirement cruising boat", it looks like I might take a ex-pat job and relocate out of country. Taking the boat is not an option, and I don't wish to sell her. So, I need to put together a storage
plan for about a three-year window.
I have some options that I'm already exploring:
1) Store in-the-water, in fresh water
in the Coastal Carolinas. Friends could keep an eye on her and run the systems, engine
, genset, etc. periodically. In-water storage
for the winter using heaters (no freezing around the boat). Deck
level cover applied.
2) Long term storage on jackstands outside in a yard. Boat could be covered with a full-framed canvass cover. All systems drained and "winterized". Batteries charged periodically.
3) Long term inside storage (if I can afford it!). Same drill, mast
down and systems drained and winterized.
I'm sure I'm missing a dozen (or more) important items that hopefully you all will point out. Does anyone have experience with storing a big (48' range) sailboat for multiple years? The boat has all the normal goodies: Wind
gen (Superwind), 2 small solar panels
(not sure of exact output), DC genset (ZRD), watermaker
(already decommissioned), and standard heads and water
Boat is currently lying Rhode Island
and could be laid-up anywhere from RI to NC.
Appreciate any advice.