Originally Posted by Gteall
I see you didn't receive any responses to this post. A shame! I'd be interested in your experiences of you eventually took this path.
Thank you Gteall for reviving this thread. Here's my update. As planned, we sail very seldom, 10 days per year. We have sailed across Lake Superior
(South to North)to Isle royal and back. Just this year sailed West to East on Superior and now are about to put the boat back on the hard in De Tour MI. It's just about as far east as you can be on Michigan's upper peninsula. We are now on Lake Huron.
As for storage
: We shrink wrap the boat each year. Snow load is the most important factor. I've learned to do it myself. First years were pretty ugly. $200 and 3 hrs for a 40 ft boat.
There are absolutely no mold issues up on Lake Superior
. The water
temp was 39 degrees last month. I generally use a fumigator spray after I shrink wrap as I step off he boat for the last time. I either spray the thru-hulls with insecticide or tape them over as spiders love to build nest/webs in them.
No need to add anything to Diesel fuel
. It stores for years. I do remove the batteries and keep them charged at my home during the winter.
The boat has no odors as the air is cool and dry .
So there are few issues if you stay up north but we need someplace warm for the winter so the boat must head
I lived in Jacksonville
FL so I understand where Skipmac is coming from. I'm researching Florida storage. There are several yards near Lake Okeechobee that seem to know what they are doing. Outlets are available for dehumidifiers. Because of hurricanes and mold, shrink wrapping may not be an option. I do want to cover the hatches and windows so they do not craze. (Looking for suggestions)
Shrink wrapping: I support the boom and use it to for the peak of the tent and go from there to the toe rail. This requires that I cut a slit and tape around each stanchion. This provides a good slope for snow to slide off. I went over the stanchions one year and the ice and snow pooled in a low spot a bent one stanchion.
I think going over the boom is too high for Florida's hurricanes. I may go from the toe rail to the top of the coach. Giving the cover a very slight pitch
. Air movement under this will be critical or I will be harvesting mold in the fall. Any ideas or suggestions are welcome.
I find that I spend less on partial summer storage and transient slips as I would for a seasonal slip. I pay $120 a week in a slip where the boat is now. Total slip and summer storage is about $800 for this season. I may not be so lucky next season as the daily transient rate for Michigan harbors of refuge is $51 /day for a 40 ft boat.