Quick question on hanging storage for composite boat

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Quick question on hanging storage for composite boat

Post by VTBoater » Fri Nov 01, 2013 6:22 pm

I managed to wrangle a bit of indoor storage for my Shacho and am looking for advice on how best to hang it. The storage area is a small, unheated building used very occasionally as a sort of ecology lab on our campus. I can store the boat there over the winter, but I need to get it up and out of the way of the lab tables. I thought I could just rest it atop the beams, but the roof narrows where it descends and the boat doesn't quite fit up there.

So, I thought maybe I could hang it from hooks, or hooks and straps, since it's such a light boat. Can anyone tell me the best way to do this so I don't damage the boat? (Or should I not hang it at all?)

Thanks very much for any help!

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Re: Quick question on hanging storage for composite boat

Post by TonyB » Fri Nov 01, 2013 6:27 pm

I'd store it upside down from straps, keep the varmints from nesting.
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Re: Quick question on hanging storage for composite boat

Post by bruce » Fri Nov 01, 2013 7:15 pm

Be sure to take the bags out. Mice will nest (& chew) between the bags and hull even when upside down.

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Re: Quick question on hanging storage for composite boat

Post by sbroam » Fri Nov 01, 2013 7:47 pm

Upside down won't keep the varmints out - I routinely evict bird nests from the upside down boats. Just sayin' - you can evict them, too.

make slings with slats (think trapeze), I think straps alone would tend to squeze the hull - might be an issue with that composite boat.

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Re: Quick question on hanging storage for composite boat

Post by craig » Fri Nov 01, 2013 8:07 pm

I have hung my Hooter for years right side up from the painters on a pair of pulleys with no issues. Just make sure it is empty and check it once in a while for varmints

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Re: Quick question on hanging storage for composite boat

Post by Shep » Sat Nov 02, 2013 1:24 am

Not with a composite boat, but I have used 10-20 feet of flat webbing (not tubular, it doesn't need to be that strong to justify the cost) to tie loops in.

If you are concerned about squeezing the sides of the boat, you could drill holes in either end of two boards, and tie the webbing in a loop so the boards hang flat, and rest the boat gunwales on the board near the bow and stern.

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Re: Quick question on hanging storage for composite boat

Post by Pea Pod » Sat Nov 02, 2013 9:23 am

I've hung plastic boats from boards that hang from ropes. Make sure the ropes lengths are equal length, so the boat sits level, making the gunnels experience even pressure. Might be over the top, but ain't too hard to achieve.

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Re: Quick question on hanging storage for composite boat

Post by hazardharry » Sat Nov 02, 2013 10:38 am

i thought those kinda boats were stiff and strong. is it going to sag and increase the rocker? the lighter the boat the lighter the ****** i guess? :D
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Re: Quick question on hanging storage for composite boat

Post by VTBoater » Sat Nov 02, 2013 10:26 pm

Thanks everyone for the great advice!

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Re: Quick question on hanging storage for composite boat

Post by clt_capt » Sun Nov 03, 2013 1:16 am

Shep wrote: If you are concerned about squeezing the sides of the boat, you could drill holes in either end of two boards, and tie the webbing in a loop so the boards hang flat, and rest the boat gunwales on the board near the bow and stern.
I'll second this...

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Re: Quick question on hanging storage for composite boat

Post by sbroam » Sun Nov 03, 2013 2:07 am

clt_capt wrote:
Shep wrote: If you are concerned about squeezing the sides of the boat, you could drill holes in either end of two boards, and tie the webbing in a loop so the boards hang flat, and rest the boat gunwales on the board near the bow and stern.
I'll second this...
Yep, that's what I meant but was not clear (lazy typing on the phone).

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Re: Quick question on hanging storage for composite boat

Post by mahyongg » Tue Nov 12, 2013 5:03 pm

I did this with sticks I cut from hazelnut and some rope... hanging my spark upside down. Just a tiny bit wider than the boat, low and far apart enough so I could just slip the bow into the front stick and pull the stern stick over the stern alone. Simple!

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Re: Quick question on hanging storage for composite boat

Post by Mike W. » Thu Nov 21, 2013 3:25 am

Here's how I hang my Marathon. For each end, there's a pulley mounted to a hook in the ceiling. The 2nd pulley floats to give a theoretical 2 to 1 weight reduction. There's a 5th pulley where the rope turns to come down to a cleat on the wall to tie it off.
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