Boatyard storing advice.

A sib is a soft floor inflatable boat (SIB) that will roll up and fit into a bag to ease with carrying or storage.
There are many different manufacturers and floor designs to suit your needs.
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Boatyard storing advice.

Post by pritch » 08 Mar 2018, 14:39

Hi
After collecting my Tohatsu 20hp today , I've decided it's not the kind of weight I want to be lumping around all the time so I've decided I'm going to store it at the boatyard mounted on my sib.
Could anyone give some advice how best to store it please ?
Fully inflated ?
Should I leave the transom wheels down to support the outboard or even place a box under the bottom of the transom to take the weight?
How about rain covers ? Is it best to wrap and strap all around or do you leave air vents for it to breathe ?
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Re: Boatyard storing advice.

Post by harrison » 09 Mar 2018, 08:33

Hi pritch,
We used to keep our sibs assembled over the season, fully covered, sat on a launching trolley although motor removed for security.
Would recommend reducing inflation pressure to around half (0.15bar/2psi) to allow for heat expansion but firm enough to support transom and hold shape. We also deflated the keel on our aluminium floored sib.
Cover wise the Ducksback ones are good value/quality or even a cheap silver backed poly taup will do.
Stored ours on a bunked launching trolley but your transom wheels should support the transom nicely with the motor on. Perhaps pop some support under the bow to keep off ground and secure to something.
Really is great having boat assembled and ready to go. Good luck.
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Re: Boatyard storing advice.

Post by chris moody » 09 Mar 2018, 08:58

Just be careful with leaving an engine in a boatyard that isn't bolted through the transom. They are just too easy to steal when only clamped on. I'd check that your insurance will cover it for theft
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Re: Boatyard storing advice.

Post by Paul B » 09 Mar 2018, 10:36

My sib never gets deflated and sits on its trailer all year but I do reduce the pressure in the tubes and floor if it’s going to be left a long period without using it.

I have a ducksback cover over it, but they do let water in if the cover isn’t supported enough to stop water pooling on them, so I’ve made a bit of frame work to support mine so It doesn’t collect water and it runs clean off,

If leaving the engine on. I would suggest you have some extra support to reduce the strain on the transom, and like Chris says it need some security on it, but then if someone wants to steal it anyway they just cut the transom off, :thud
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Re: Boatyard storing advice.

Post by Si Crowe » 09 Mar 2018, 13:14

This is the problem with a big sib... may as well have a rib if kept on a trailer at a boat yard... as for security... no such thing. if someone wants it, they'll get it.
If it has t*ts, tyres or floats......it's gonna cost ya!

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Re: Boatyard storing advice.

Post by Martin » 09 Mar 2018, 13:46

Pritch, don’t be put off by the weight of he outboard buddy, there’s plenty of ways to get round it.
You could use a modified outboard trolley and pop small wheels up by the handles, and maybe lower the handles onto your vehicle and then lift and slide it in.
Andy B has a superb modded chunk of wood :lol: that works perfectly and allows the transport of outboards with ease.
I’m sure he’ll be delighted to pop an image of his wheeled log on to give you an idea or two. :mrgreen:

Securing an outboard to the boat for storage, as above I’m afraid.
You can do all sorts, but that’ll only stop the Saturday night drunk opportunist, the real thieves are pro’s and they just stihlsaw around the mounting bolts and remove the transom with the outboard.

Removal really is the better option.

I keep my Frib on a trailer in the garage, tubes deflated and the outboard is on the transom but supported by a roller.

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Re: Boatyard storing advice.

Post by pritch » 09 Mar 2018, 23:37

Thanks for the replies , some good pointers there :thumbsup
What would you suggest for keeping the weight off the transom ? Just put a choc under the bottom of the outboard?
I do remember seeing a thread about a member who put wheels near his trolley handles for lifting into his car but I can't seem to find his post.
Anyone got a link to it?
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Re: Boatyard storing advice.

Post by Cliff » 10 Mar 2018, 11:34

:thumbsup Here's a neat trolley, bit pricey, you could probably knock up something similar to do the job..
http://www.bhg-marine.co.uk/easy-motor- ... 4648-p.asp
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Re: Boatyard storing advice.

Post by pritch » 10 Mar 2018, 16:54

Thanks Cliff. :thumbsup

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