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Old 13-09-2015, 13:49   #1
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Long Term Lay-up

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 systems.

Boat is currently lying Rhode Island and could be laid-up anywhere from RI to NC.

Appreciate any advice.
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Old 14-09-2015, 06:52   #2
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Order of preference would be 3, 2, 1. Of course, 3 would probably be the most expensive option. If out of the water, make sure it is properly blocked and supported.
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