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How do you store your boat (t-top people)

Old 03-03-2019, 07:02 AM
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Default How do you store your boat (t-top people)

So... in looking for a new boat, I realized that my shop door is not tall enough. I have a 10' wide x 8' tall roll-up door and...well, that pretty well blows any plans I thought I had of getting a boat with any sort of cover, unless I leave it outside, which I am not doing...

I MAY have a solution....build a lean-to on one end and it should be tall enough, but that means the sides are open...

I used to store my larger boat off-site, but that was a lot of money per month...and I would rather have it there for me to work on and such.

So, how many of you guys run into the t-top issue? I do not think I can get much boat over 20 ft with a t-top that would fit.. grr.. sorta lets the air out of you...heh

Oh, this is what I have.. 30x30x10 with a 3/13 pitch. Already planning to add a 20ft pad in front and back (left and right).. front for parking, back for storage of the tractor etc,...not sure I could turn the boat well enough to get it under the lean-to in the back...and not sure they will let me make a lean-to in the front (hoa.. yea..) (don't mind the mess.. heh.. I am working on the inside currently framing it out and adding wood on the walls )







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Old 03-03-2019, 08:26 AM
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I think a Lean-to is a good idea. I use multiple tarps and it's problematic. Caving in from snow et.. I've been wondering what other do in New England for the winter. I have a 21' power boat with a hard top. Wish I had a better way to cover it and still have access to do some work in the winter. I'm interested to see what you and others come up with.
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Old 03-03-2019, 08:36 AM
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Not sure if possible, but could you just add an additional section of building to the left side and do an end taller entry door on the end?
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Old 03-03-2019, 08:54 AM
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I remove my hardtop, take about an hour with help or 2 hrs by my self (18 bolts). I put a hoist on the front of garage. Folding tongue on trailer = bigger boat in garage.
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Old 03-03-2019, 11:04 AM
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Let the air out of the trailer tires!
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Old 03-03-2019, 11:23 AM
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Originally Posted by jfcar View Post
I remove my hardtop, take about an hour with help or 2 hrs by my self (18 bolts). I put a hoist on the front of garage. Folding tongue on trailer = bigger boat in garage.
Iím guessing that you donít much impulsive last minute boating.
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Old 03-03-2019, 11:27 AM
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You are just going to be a Bimini top man. T-tops are better but sometimes in life it’s better to take the path of least resistance.
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Old 03-03-2019, 11:34 AM
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Have you thought about installing a taller door at the gable end of your garage?

I would love to have a boat barn/garage here in the Northeast, but sadly I don't. So, my boat sits outside all year. However, I have a summer cover and a winter cover for her.



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Old 03-03-2019, 12:06 PM
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What about a T-top that you can fold down? I've seen pictures of them.
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Old 03-03-2019, 12:09 PM
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X2 on taller door on Gable end of building.
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Old 03-03-2019, 12:10 PM
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Looks like you have the room for a pole barn on the side. They arenít crazy expensive.

Taking the top off every time is insane.
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I am not sure the size of boat you are talking about but I have a folding T Top made by Fishmaster I have had it for 14 years and in literly seconds I can fold the T Top down and back it in to the 8Ft high gradge opening cold and wet and safe of theft. This is very high quality and Fishmaster has always been a pleasure to work with the upgrades are fantastic quality www.fishmaster.com Just saying check it out
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simple solution...there are a few out there...

https://www.iboats.com/shop/fishmast...8aAmRlEALw_wcB
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Old 03-03-2019, 04:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Chillinthemost View Post


I’m guessing that you don’t much impulsive last minute boating.


Take it out early April and put it away in November. Here in NE Ohio it get cold. When he said store I took it to mean put away for the winter. During boating/fishing season it cover in the driveway or on the Lake Erie.

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Old 03-03-2019, 05:04 PM
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I store mine in a cave over the winter.
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I store mine in a cave over the winter.
heathen....
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