Blocking a Boat for Storage: The Brownell Boat Stand System

Blocking a Boat for Storage: The Brownell Boat Stand System

Boat stands and storage equipmentOnce you get your boat out of the water or off the trailer, the way that it is blocked is important. Some people use cement blocks or even wood blocks, but the best method that is used by long-time and professional boat owners alike, is boat stands or jack stands. You can get information on the type of stands and boat racks that are best for your particular vessel from the boat manufacturer or you can use the Boat Stand Selector available online at The Brownell Boat Stand System includes a variety of stands made from American tubular steel construction, and includes options such as jack stands, foldable stands, stackable stands and much more. Depending on the type of vessel that you own, there are also options for pontoons or even personal watercraft dolly and other equipment, that can be used to customize the experience.

Making mistakes with regard to blocking your boat can be catastrophic, to say the least. Keel blocks should be used to position underneath internal bulkheads. This takes stress off the boat and helps to give it the support that it needs. Gelcoat stress cracks, misaligned engines, damaged stringers, and a whole host of other problems can occur if the boat is not blocked properly using stands, pads, and other equipment. There are many guides that can help you in this regard, but remember that they are simply a “guide” that should be used as a baseline to proper blocking. Professional consultations, manufacturer’s recommendations, and suggestions from experienced and trusted boat yard personnel can also be very helpful in this area.

Blocking Basics: What You Need to Know
When it comes to storing or moving your vessel, it is important to have at least a basic knowledge and understanding of what needs to be done – and what should be avoided. One of the key ingredients to a good experience is to find a patch of ground that is solid and reasonably flat for storing your boat. This goes for using boat racks at the yard or components from the Brownell Boat Stand System. It doesn’t matter if the surface is concrete, asphalt or compacted dirt, as long as the stands are on solid and flat ground, you will get the best results. Many boat owners swear by placing the stands on plywood bases to prevent them from settling, especially in dirt or asphalt in hot weather conditions.

Getting started can be a big overwhelming, but you should always begin by adding support to the keel. Keel stands from Brownell are made with durable, American tubular steel construction, and should be used to support the keel first. Specialized keel stands feature threaded rods, providing a convenient way to get powerful keel support and protection. A minimum of two stands will help you to level the vessel. More will be needed depending on the length of your vessel along the keel. Adjustable stands should be used as well, with the minimum amount of threaded rod being exposed. Again, the number that should be used will depend on the size of your vessel.

Sailboat Tips from Brownell
When it comes to providing support for your sailboat, the Brownell Boat Stand System recommends that you use a minimum of five or more stands, placing each stand at an even distance from the others along the boat. An extra set of stands should be used to make the boat safe in heavy winds if it still has the rigging on. Large size wooden keel support blocks or stands should be used below both the front and the back of the keel to provide a stable base. Plywood should be used if the ground is loose where the stands will be placed to prevent sinking. The stand should be turned and adjusted until it points against the center line of the boat.

Unlike smaller vessels, which can be stored on a personal watercraft dolly or kept in boat racks, larger sailboats require a lot of stands and support for proper storage. Place the stand with the adjustment screw in a straight 90-degree angle to the hull. The security chain should be placed in the small groove and tightened gently by pulling the stand backwards. The security chain should be pulled below the keel and up on the other side of one pair of stands are placed facing the keel or in the event that the boat has a longer keel. At the bow, a stand with a V-top should be used for added stability.

Visit the Brownell Website for More Tips
To view visual tips and read more about using the Brownell Boat Stand System for motor boats and other types of watercraft, visit our website at Boat owners the world over trust the Brownell name for everything from boat racks to personal watercraft dolly equipment, keel stands, adjustable stands, V-top stands, trailer components and much more. Our products are made in America using American tubular steel construction. Give us a call at 508-758-3671 to learn more about our top quality products or to find an authorized dealer near you.

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