Invest in Boat Stands Rather Than Make Your Own
For some, the joy of owning a boat is taking care of her and finding this a labor of love, for the rest it’s a necessary evil and if it is done by others, all the better. There is also an unproven theory that some tool junkies buy boats so that they can buy more tools to work on them.
Irrespective of the cause, working on a boat requires some specialty tools that not only make the task at hand easier but most importantly, safer. Boat stands
are just such a tool. Building a home-made boat stand is tempting or using alternatives such as a pile of bricks, a discarded car rim or some lose boards as shoring might not have the predictable performance as anticipated.
A manufactured boat stand
is not as expensive as one would imagine and is much safer, easier to use, and its performance predictability is proven. A boat jack stands must not be confused with aluminum boat seat stands
. Aluminum boat seat stands which is an entirely different base, is used to mount a seat on for either the passenger or the helmsman. A boat jack stand is used to securely rest a vessel on when it is hauled out of the water and placed on dry land.
are available in different configurations such as height and angle. The different boat stand
configurations make them suitable for flat bottom boats or irregular hull shapes such as for a sailboat with a keel. Brownell® boat stands
are a common sight in any boatyard and are also found supporting vessels in private facilities as well where boat work is being undertaken.
Using Boat Stands
The use of boat stands
also makes it easy to perform underbody maintenance such as painting the bottom of the hull because one can relocate one boat stand at a time without having to lift the entire vessel. This allows one to address the location where the blocking pads contact the hull. Boat stands are also easy to work around and are light enough to single handedly move making them easy to transport and store when not needed. The weight and design of boat stands makes it possible to undertake blocking a vessel with minimum crew and it’s not uncommon to see it performed by one knowledgeable person.
Boat Stand Accessories
Accessories are available that take advantage of a boat stands
versatility such as beams, which facilitate removing a boat from a trailer or alternatively placing a boat on boat stands onto a trailer.
When a vessel is on the hard and securely shored up on proper boat stands it is safe to perform maintenance and repairs either under, inside or on top of the vessel. A common maintenance item on a vessel whilst out on the hard is to apply bottom paint
or to seal and re-bed underwater hardware
In geographical locations where during the winter months, boats are hauled out of the water, stored indoors or outside, covered with tarps or shrink wrapped in plastic, placing them on sturdy boat stand makes shrink wrapping and protecting the vessel
easier and faster. Therefore, if placing the boat on the hard is the task at hand, consider a heavy-duty boat stand from either Brownell® or any other vender and rest assured Go2Marine has the items you need, in stock, ready to ship at prices that won’t break the budget, and good luck with safely and securely blocking your vessel.