They started preliminary work on the garage yesterday, just cleared the spot. 30x32 is nice, but looks like I'll only be able to store the motor inside for a while until we can redistribute some hoarded clutter and leave the Vagabond outside under a tarp.
I guess my big question now is how long will a really good polish job last outside under a tarp compared to storing it inside, if anyone can answer that? I may be fretting over nothing if it doesn't make that much difference. But the new motor will definitely go inside.
My boat stays outside year round up in Huntsville. I do keep a cover on the cowling (and on the boat) when it's in the driveway, because modern motor cowlings are made of plastic and I can't imagine them lasting as long in the sun as the vintage cast aluminum cowlings.
My motors stay on the boats all year, outside, Covered so the sun doesn't get to them. You should get into the habit of changing you gear lube every fall so you don't explode a lower unit filled with water.
Thanks for some great ideas. But a follow-up question would be: If I have to leave the Vagabond outside a season or two until I acquire additional indoor storage, do many of you remove the motors to motor stands so the motors are kept inside? I'll be putting a new Yamaha F25 on mine soon and weight is said to be 116 libs. Just weighing all options at this point.
Yeah, I'd have to agree with Marc. My system is convenient for boats that aren't fully rigged with a motor and, as such, are pretty light. Moving between the trailer and dolly is just a matter of ratchet strapping the dolly behind the trailer and pulling the boat where it needs to go. Storing a fully rigged boat this way would be another matter entirely.
Maybe your new garage could have a portico type extension on the side to store the boat? Depending on your local codes, that might not add to the square footage.
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