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Old 11-10-2014, 07:14 PM   #1
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AT-34 has a new "garage"

We finally purchased a boathouse to keep our AT-34 out of the NW weather when not used. It is nice to be able to work on the boat without being in the rain or wind. We will be adding more lights, a workbench and storage cabinets. Looking forward to spending a lot of time there!
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Old 11-10-2014, 07:26 PM   #2
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Oh man!!! I gotta have one of those!
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Old 11-10-2014, 07:33 PM   #3
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Dang. Has a garage door, too. Serious boat porn here.
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Old 11-10-2014, 07:36 PM   #4
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That is totally unfair!
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Old 11-10-2014, 07:43 PM   #5
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Old 11-10-2014, 07:46 PM   #6
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Old 11-10-2014, 08:18 PM   #7
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Cannot imagine spending a week-end on my boat in a "bat cave."
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Old 11-10-2014, 08:40 PM   #8
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Spending at least as much time aboard at berth as compared to "at sea," we prefer to be in sunlight and in free breeze.

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Old 11-10-2014, 08:44 PM   #9
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But the boat likes being in the cave....
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Old 11-10-2014, 09:09 PM   #10
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Very nice!

After years uncovered we finally got a covered slip at the Canal Marina https://www.google.com/maps/place/Canal+Marina/@47.652752,-122.362645,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x549015a617b5d559:0x17d2d 9a39e68f075 on the Fremont cut in Seattle. I was there after work today, it's so nice not to have to "tarp" the boat for the "rainy season".

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Old 11-10-2014, 09:16 PM   #11
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Yikes, some people must have lifetime membership in the Ornery Contrarian Society

Hope you have many days puttering around on your boat, dry, while the rain drums loudly on your wicked awesome roof
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Old 11-10-2014, 10:13 PM   #12
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Boathouses are great. I have one I got with the Grand Banks and one big enough for a 42 foot Cruiser for sale with Irwin Yachts. It kept my 1952 Chris Craft beautiful for 20 years. Both at CRYC.
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Old 11-10-2014, 10:48 PM   #13
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I Love It, especially if I lived in the PNW. Rain gets old after awhile. It was great fishing when I lived there but I am spoiled by the Sun here in Northern California
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Old 11-11-2014, 12:19 AM   #15
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Opinions weren't requested...therefore...'raining on someones parade' comes to mind.
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Old 11-11-2014, 12:37 AM   #16
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Question about boathouses in the PNW. Are you able to get permits to put them at homes in place of docks or are they just at marinas or what? I ask because on the East Coast there are many different circumstances. Going back to the lake I lived on you could only have covered if they had been grandfathered, no new. Same at marinas. Only the very few grandfathered. The Chesapeake area not only doesn't allow covered (at least around Annapolis) but very much limits the amount of dock space, trying to keep things open to the sea bed. To my knowledge marinas don't have covered either. In South Florida, you can't build a boathouse at your private property. Some of the marinas have a few but not the vast majority.

When we moved from NC and sold our house on the lake, having a grandfathered very large dock and two covered slips apparently added tremendous value. The appraiser added $25,000 over just a standard dock and in reality it may have gotten much more than that as the buyer was so happy to see it they didn't even try to negotiate. Many nicer homes available but not with covered docks.
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Old 11-11-2014, 01:09 AM   #17
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Spending at least as much time aboard at berth as compared to "at sea," we prefer to be in sunlight and in free breeze.
There is certainly something to be said for keeping a boat under cover. Particulary an older boat like ours with teak decks and a rainforest of external teak trim.

Our marina has a pretty big bunch of boathouses, some of them with boats 50 feet long in them, although most of them are more in the 36-46 foot size. All the boathouses are in our basin of the marina, and one thing we've noticed over the last 16 years is that while the boats in the boathouses are generally in immaculate condition, they don't get used much. Some of them will be gone in the summer for a month or so, and others get used for weekends during the boating season. But come fall, winter, and early spring, most of them are shut up pretty much full time.

Also, the boatrhouse boats don't seem to get visited much in the off-season.

So I think a boathouse is a great place to keep a boat if one isn't going to use it all that much. It stays clean, the brightwork, canvas, decks, etc. are all protected, and short of heat in the colder times of year, the boat can simply sit.

The other thing we've noticed is that the boats that do get used year round, be it going out or the owners staying on them for a weekend or whatever, are pretty much all kept outside.

I'm with Mark. We use our boat all year. We go out when we can, but often the weather prevents us from going out in the winter. But we'll still go up and stay on the boat for a weekend, or sometimes just for a day. We would not do this if the boat was in a boathouse. It doesn't strike us as being very interesting, sitting inside looking at the walls.

Our slip is near the outer edge of the marina and we can see all of Bellingham Bay and a bunch of islands. We can watch the clouds and sun and sunsets and the weather. It's basically like having an inexpensive getaway cabin with a million dollar waterfront view.

The downside is the boat needs more external maintanance than if it was shed-kept. So we have covers on as most of the external teak and we keep after trying to keep the boat reasonably clean. If we didn't use the boat as much as we do, being outside would take its toll. But given the way we use it, it's definitely not neglected.

And it's fulfilling what we bought it for, which is something we can use and enjoy year round, regardless of the weather. If it lived in a shed we probably wouldn't bother to come up to it at all except to take it out periodically when the weather and our schedules matched up.
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Now that's nice . As much as we work on ours in the off season, we would love it . Our other boat neighbors would like us to have one also .
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Old 11-11-2014, 10:52 AM   #19
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We had both covered and open moorage when we kept our last boat on the Columbia River. Both had advantages and disadvantages.

Maintenance was easier under cover except for the spider poop.
It was definitely colder under cover.. the roof held in the river temps.
We didn't get jet exhaust soot under cover ( PDX flight path for both )
Staying aboard under cover was a bit depressing.

With the current boat less than ten minutes from home I would take covered in a heartbeat.. less maintenance and since we seldom stay aboard in the slip it's a non issue. The marina we had the boat under cover also had outside slips we could move to on weekends if we wanted to be in the sun.. but we seldom did.

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Old 11-11-2014, 09:01 PM   #20
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Thanks for all the feedback. I agree, to each their own on how to moor your boat. Up here in the PNW (west side of the Cascades) it just rains a lot. We wanted to keep the boat out of the weather while it sits when we are not using it. I work full time, so we cannot use the boat as much as we like right now. With the large garage door and windows in the front when all are open, a nice breeze comes through and it is very bright. The garage side faces west so great afternoon sun too.

This house had been well taken care of and is almost spider free so little to no spider poop. Just bug bomb the inside a couple of times a year and it will stay that way. It is not feasible to do in public cover moorage for the most part. Plus we are under the approach to the PDX runway with the jet exhaust and that is worse that the spider droppings

Here in the Portland area, there are private moorages that allow boat houses & house boats. There are also a few yacht clubs that allow boat houses. Some of these allow liveaboards, some do not, ours doesn't.

I cannot speak to whether having the boat in a boat house will encourage us to use the boat less, but I doubt it. The boat is only 30 minutes from the house so access it good.

Anyway, will be working on the boat tomorrow afternoon changing oil & having fun.
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