Is it OK to dry stack a wooden cabin cruiser?

by Steve Yeomans
(Hilton Head, SC)

I'm looking to purchase a Chris Craft 27' cabin cruiser.

The boat is in excellent condition, but is currently being kept at a dock.

Is there any issues with dry stacking such a boat?

I live in the south, where it's humid much of the time (Hilton Head, SC).

We would be using the boat on average two weekends a month.

Would having the boat out of the water between outings be an issue at all?




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Dry stack
by: Bill

The dry stack racking that I have seen is fine for plastic boats, which have a monocoque structure, wooden boats are built differently.

They need to sit on a well supported keel.

The best way to store a wooden boat is floating in salt water, or, in an airy shed out of the sun and wind with a sandy floor.

On the hard outside with a cover that allows the air to flow is fine.

You certainly do not want her shrink-wrapped.

And up on a dry stack is no place to try doing any maintenance, even if the yard would let you.

A wooden boat is like a beautiful woman, she needs attention and pampering even in winter.


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