Taking the Boat out of the Water

by Steve Baker
(Bournemouth, England)

My insurance company say that the wooden folkboat, that I'm about to buy should be taken out of the water from the beginning of November to the end of March, but my surveyor says that it should not be out for so long.

Can anyone tell me what is best for the boat.

She is Mahogany on oak frames Edge nailed carvel construction with no caulking between the planks.

She has been out of the water for most of the summer and the planks have opened up here and there but the surveyor says she should take up within 48 hours, if that works out then I will buy the boat but don't want it to happen again if she is lifted out over winter.

Any help would be appreciated.

Many Thanks.

Steve B.

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by: cal

Insurance, there is none, they take your money then you have to relate to just what happens wood boats horses and bikes just try.

I help out with events, the insurance is killing it, with out it you are liable.

If you are certified you may lose your will to do anything.

So this may be one for jim approach Lloyd's of London when things were hopping they were where people put there money, its about the math, they may never get back to where they once were but a little money here and there adds up.

So do a survey, how meany wood boats a this could bring in a lot of money.

We had a clam last year, the first in a lifetime each item cost me a thousand dollars, like the package has deductibles and I am as laid back as you get, so do what the rich do liability, that's it or no fault.

That means you must check your boat.

If its not in the water its just a piece of wood we should get carbon credits for owning one.

Things to do moisture check dampen the hull this allowe for slippage.

Your boat is a living thing, dry boats rot I could go on.

Good luck Cal

by: charles Gatchell

If the water doesn't freeze where you are, LEAVE IT IN !!!!

Keep her in the water
by: Mike

I think you need to find an insurance company that is aware of the needs of a Wooden Boat, if you can find one that is.

It sounds as though yours is only geared up to cope with shiny mass-produced plastic boats.

The alternative is to just insure her for third party stuff, cheaper and less restrictions.

I think your surveyor is being rather optimistic to think that she will ‘take up’ within 48 hours.

Mahogany being a hardwood will probably take longer than that to take up, especially as she has been out of the water during a long hot dry spell.

There are a few trick you can use to make the ‘taking up’ process less stressful.

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