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    Arrow Winter storage options for minimizing garage floor space

    Now that I am collecting watercraft (well, just two for now), I need to figure out how I am going to pack them away in a tight garage space.

    My trailer will NOT fit into the garage (too wide for the doorway), and I don't want it taking up all that space in there anyway. So it will be stored outside, I think, without the boats on it.

    I have read suggestions of suspending watercraft from the ceiling, and would seriously consider doing that, except I have already used up most of my ceiling space with overhead storage. I have just over 6 feet headroom now, not enough to put a car underneath a suspended PWC.

    I could just put each of the two boats on carts, and push them against the back wall, but that would not leave enough room for a car (single car width garage). This is my current plan 'A'.

    My plan 'B' is to store the boats and trailer indoors, at another location, and I may well do this.

    Question; Has anyone ever stood good, working Polaris watercraft on end, and stored them vertically? This would require a decent support stand of some description, but it would trade height for floor space. Perhaps a tall A frame?
    How I would get the boats on and off such a stand is another question, of course.

    Is there anything in a Polaris PWC that would be unhappy being stood nose up for extended periods?
    I imagine I would have to drain the fuel tank, and take the battery out (or rotate it in the hull, with a battery minder). Would the oil tank be OK with oil left in it?

    Would the rear of the boat be bothered by the stress of supporting the most of the boat weight?

    Probably a dumb idea, but I thought I might put it out there...


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    An outfit called Bradshaw Welding in Sacramento Ca. made display units for my dealership and we would show the units in an almost upright position so consumers could check out the hulls and intake systems. They were new boats so there was no fluid in them but we never had any storage related failures. No hull cracks, indentations etc. It did take 4 of us to slide the PWC off the stand and onto the stand however.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ph2ocraft View Post
    An outfit called Bradshaw Welding in Sacramento Ca. made display units for my dealership and we would show the units in an almost upright position so consumers could check out the hulls and intake systems. They were new boats so there was no fluid in them but we never had any storage related failures. No hull cracks, indentations etc. It did take 4 of us to slide the PWC off the stand and onto the stand however.
    Any pictures or construction details of these vertical stands?

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    I never saved the photos from back then but he might have something at his site.
    http://www.bwproducts.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by ph2ocraft View Post
    I never saved the photos from back then but he might have something at his site.
    http://www.bwproducts.com/
    Not that I can see.
    Just gas jug racks and weight training equipment stuff.

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    Bummer, he used to call them the "launcher" and they were made of square tubing and powder coated. Real tough stuff.
    He also made us some quad display stands, no pictures of those either.
    Man those days were fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ph2ocraft View Post
    Bummer, he used to call them the "launcher" and they were made of square tubing and powder coated. Real tough stuff...
    What angle were the boats standing at?

    What part of the boat was taking the weight?
    The bottom rear edge of the hull, or the hull seam/lip at the back?
    Not the pump, I hope!

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    I just got off the phone with my old freind and he's going to e-mail me a photo or two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    What angle were the boats standing at?

    What part of the boat was taking the weight?
    The bottom rear edge of the hull, or the hull seam/lip at the back?
    Not the pump, I hope!
    The boat sat on rails with a couple of large flanges, keeping the boat off the pump assembly.

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    I think I would try and put them on there sides if that would work. I have a bare empty hull (no top deck) standing upright on my garage wall and that was very hard work just to get that upright. Trying to do a fully assembled watercraft would almost seem impossible to me...they are a lot taller than you think once you start getting them vertical.

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