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Old 03-14-2019, 02:41 PM
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A major plus to an indoor dry stacking is that the boat is not exposed to the elements like it would be underneath a covered lift. The wind/dust/rain/sun/etc. all take their toll. I have found that boats inside of dry stacks will weather and age significantly better in the long run, even if you are cleaning it thoroughly after each use.
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Old 03-14-2019, 02:46 PM
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Assume you have a vehicle capable of pulling that boat on a trailer and

As stated above--it is a harder life for a boat hung in a lift outside all the time.
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Old 03-14-2019, 02:59 PM
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How do you find a lift on the I am assuming on the ICW you must either know someone or its a friend of a friend kind of deal. Good luck we had our previous boat wet slipped for two years will never go the bottom paint route again. Such a pain in the ass to deal with always said would we love to have a lift. They are really scarce in this area.
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Old 03-14-2019, 04:41 PM
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Originally Posted by ktdtx View Post
Assume you have a vehicle capable of pulling that boat on a trailer and
As stated above--it is a harder life for a boat hung in a lift outside all the time.
Nope, I drive a Yukon with the HD trailer package (something like 8,800 llb capacity I think)... that probably wouldn't even get my boat out of the ramp. As for the harder life on a lift, sure and that makes sense. One thing about the dry stack I am in though, my boat pretty much stays wet all year. I was in the dry stack this weekend, and everything is soaking wet from the humidity.

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A major plus to an indoor dry stacking is that the boat is not exposed to the elements like it would be underneath a covered lift. The wind/dust/rain/sun/etc. all take their toll. I have found that boats inside of dry stacks will weather and age significantly better in the long run, even if you are cleaning it thoroughly after each use.
Makes sense. I did buy my boat from Marco Island back in April of 2016 and it has spent six years on a lift. She was immaculate at the time.

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How do you find a lift on the I am assuming on the ICW you must either know someone or its a friend of a friend kind of deal. Good luck we had our previous boat wet slipped for two years will never go the bottom paint route again. Such a pain in the ass to deal with always said would we love to have a lift. They are really scarce in this area.
There are a couple of marinas in Beaufort, NC that have lifts (not on the ICW).
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Old 03-14-2019, 05:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Southern_Fish View Post
A major plus to an indoor dry stacking is that the boat is not exposed to the elements like it would be underneath a covered lift. The wind/dust/rain/sun/etc. all take their toll. I have found that boats inside of dry stacks will weather and age significantly better in the long run, even if you are cleaning it thoroughly after each use.
Total nonsense. Having a boat in the stack only insures you’re gonna get a cloud of black diesel dust, snot, soot all over your boat that will grind into your nonskid. Unless your dry stack uses battery operated lifts. I find having a covered lift with an actual boat cover will keep your boat looking good. In fact, in the last year I’ve had the Grady on the lift I have been surprised how clean it looks after a week of sitting. I have 2 covers. One that goes over the bow seating and one that loosely covers the cockpit.
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Old 03-14-2019, 05:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Offshoreaddicted View Post
How do you find a lift on the I am assuming on the ICW you must either know someone or its a friend of a friend kind of deal. Good luck we had our previous boat wet slipped for two years will never go the bottom paint route again. Such a pain in the ass to deal with always said would we love to have a lift. They are really scarce in this area.
Got mine at a marina on the ICW. 15 minutes max to the GOM. Less than 10 to Boca Grande or Charlotte Harbor.
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Old 03-14-2019, 06:37 PM
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Sounds like the dry stack takes good care of your boating needs us your boat isn't exposed 24/7 to mother nature. Can't beat the ease of access afforded by having a lift.
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Old 03-14-2019, 06:59 PM
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I started in a dry stack with my newest boat. In 3 days of being there they managed to damage the hull on both sides. In standard fashion they blamed ’other boaters’ coming into their wet slips where they stage haul outs. So my new boat was beat to shit in a week and needed gelcoat repair. I immediately found a great lift behind a guys house and it’s worlds better. Clean the boat on my terms. In and out any time I like. No one to damage it. I bought a full cover to the water line from TTops Inc and it’s awesome. Super easy to put on and complete protection.

Lift. No question.
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Old 03-15-2019, 06:30 AM
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I had the option of dry-stacking when I bought my Worldcat, even though it would have meant buying a cradle, too. However, I really like having my boat on a lift in my back yard as I can go out when I get the urge, and it is real nice to be able to mess with it when I feel like it too - cleaning, waxing, added rod racks, back-of-the-seat holder for the throwable, battery charger, etc.

I have a hurricane haul-out policy with a local marina (I'm last in and first out, as they have to use the Travelift with slings for the cat), and It and others have fuel and vacuum service.

In winter I drain the fresh water tank, refill it with a few gallons of antifreeze, run it through the fresh water wash down hose and into the head, which I flush a few times to get antifreeze into the holding tank, too. Done.
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Old 03-15-2019, 09:29 AM
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Originally Posted by spearfish25 View Post
I started in a dry stack with my newest boat. In 3 days of being there they managed to damage the hull on both sides. In standard fashion they blamed ’other boaters’ coming into their wet slips where they stage haul outs. So my new boat was beat to shit in a week and needed gelcoat repair. I immediately found a great lift behind a guys house and it’s worlds better. Clean the boat on my terms. In and out any time I like. No one to damage it. I bought a full cover to the water line from TTops Inc and it’s awesome. Super easy to put on and complete protection.

Lift. No question.
I admittedly have had few issues with damage caused by my marina. In the case where they did cause issues, they owned up to it and made repairs with no questions asked. With that said, I'm getting pretty excited about the flexibility of having my boat on a lift and within walking distance of my house.

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I had the option of dry-stacking when I bought my Worldcat, even though it would have meant buying a cradle, too. However, I really like having my boat on a lift in my back yard as I can go out when I get the urge, and it is real nice to be able to mess with it when I feel like it too - cleaning, waxing, added rod racks, back-of-the-seat holder for the throwable, battery charger, etc.

I have a hurricane haul-out policy with a local marina (I'm last in and first out, as they have to use the Travelift with slings for the cat), and It and others have fuel and vacuum service.

In winter I drain the fresh water tank, refill it with a few gallons of antifreeze, run it through the fresh water wash down hose and into the head, which I flush a few times to get antifreeze into the holding tank, too. Done.
Thanks Ray!
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I admittedly have had few issues with damage caused by my marina. In the case where they did cause issues, they owned up to it and made repairs with no questions asked. With that said, I'm getting pretty excited about the flexibility of having my boat on a lift and within walking distance of my house.
To me that by itself makes it a no brainer. There is nothing quite like being able to hop on the boat with no advanced planning required. Sure there are some maintenance considerations. I take care of my stuff but I don't spend all my waking hours polishing it or trying to keep it just like new. Using the boat is what makes the $ they cost worth it. Anything you can do to make it more easily used is an improvement.
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How often do you go out and head back in early due to the stress of not having a spot to tie up or to avoid the lines? How much of your day is spent stressing over it? This was the primary reason for us to go on a lift.


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I had been dry stacked for 5 years before I went to a lift and never looked back. Makes my boating life so much easier. Makes me wonder why I didn't go with a lift before this.
this. I have dry stacked and now on a lift. I pay more to be on a lift but it's night and day worth it. I'd go back to trailering befor I went back to dry stacking.
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Originally Posted by Southern_Fish View Post
A major plus to an indoor dry stacking is that the boat is not exposed to the elements like it would be underneath a covered lift. The wind/dust/rain/sun/etc. all take their toll. I have found that boats inside of dry stacks will weather and age significantly better in the long run, even if you are cleaning it thoroughly after each use.
Our boat was always filthy in the dry stack. Always ended up with boats above dripping crap on you, and soot that would leave tiny rust spots on the gelcoat. This qas in a nicer fully enclosed stack in tierra verde. Stack is much better than trailering but the lift with a full to chine cover is best IMO. I've done it all.
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Old 03-16-2019, 11:08 AM
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this. I have dry stacked and now on a lift. I pay more to be on a lift but it's night and day worth it. I'd go back to trailering befor I went back to dry stacking.
I was surprised at how expensive it is; less than what I pay at the dry stack, but not by much.
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Old 03-22-2019, 10:27 AM
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Three updates:
  1. Confirmed that there is no change in price for my insurance moving from a dry stack to a lift at this marina
  2. Town Creek doesn't require me to have a trailer for hurricane haul out, they'll just put me on blocks
  3. I've made the decision to move forward with the lift and they'll be adding the bunks in April, so I'm all set
Appreciate all the help folks, let me know if you have any other comments that I've missed.
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