Right before we found out about last weeks disaster in Jersey we were about to do a report on winter storage of your boat. The good folks at Antique Boat Center sent in this amazing example and some background on the photos. Since the mess in New Jersey, I can say that many of the boats were saved because they were stored right. Here is one example from Ohio that was not. Take it away Dennis..
Thanks Matt, The boat, 1957 Century Coronado, originally sold new in Huron Ohio. The original owners had it for one year , sold it to our customers father in East Liverpool Ohio. They used the boat on the Ohio River till 1985, ski and fun. The bottom was leaky so they decided to put it on the original shipping cradle and plan for repairs. The son brought us the boat 3 weeks ago, the first time it has been off the cradle, 29 years. This exemplifies the need for good support on wood boats.
Wet wood will conform to the shape of the storage trailer or cradle. These boats spend most of their life sitting on trailers and over the years they take the shape of the trailer or the cradle which can damage the hull and change the handling characteristics of the boat. On page 12 of the Chris Craft Boat Owners Manual, it recommends 5 support points for winter storage. Spreading the load points, adding load points will reduce high load areas that will become misshapen over time. Thank you, Dennis
Captain Dennis Ryan