How to build a Boat Storage

It can be a problem to find a place ashore for boat stor­age. All too often, if you’re a boating enthusiast, the boat goes into the garage and the family car is left out in the cold. There are, fortunately, several ways to solve the problem.

Boatshed. A boatshed can be built as a free-standing shelter or as an addi­tion to an existing garage in much the same manner as a carport. Upon select­ing the site, carefully level and stake out the perimeter. Excavate for the foot­ings and foundation; then pour the concrete, following standard practices. A slab floor could be incorporated or crushed rock could suffice. Consideration should be given to water and electrical service (by code, of course), if desired.

The framing consists of 4-bv-4-inch posts on 2-by-4-inch sills, with 2-by-8- inch beams at the outside top for both wall units. Two-by-six-inch rafters are supported by the beams. Apply 1/2-inch exterior plywood diaphragms at the post/rafter joints. The wall paneling is 1/2-inch exterior plywood applied to the inside of the 4-by-4 posts. Rafter spacing may demand some trimming of the plywood sheathing for the roof. Cover the sheathing with the building paper and roofing of your choice. Also, the wood surfaces may be finished as desired.

This boatshed can easily be attached to an existing house or garage. The drawings here and on pages 52 and 53 illustrate a 16-foot boatshed. You can easily add "sec¬tions" to make a 20- or 24-foot unit.

The boatshed can be built with either a shed or hip type of roof. If a boat hoist is to be employed, be sure to use roof trusses (see page 78) to provide the necessary support for the boat or for the engine. If you have a concrete driveway (left), then you may wish to add a lean-to complete with a workbench and storage areas. Or, you may wish to have an open-air garage (right). Construct the unit, using a truss support. Great for pulling and cleaning or repairing an engine.

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