Boat Stands

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What Are Boat Stands?

Boat stands, also known as poppets or jack stands, are used while your vessel is on land to provide support for the starboard and port sides of the boat. They are normally used in conjunction with keel stands or keel blocks that take most of the boat’s weight. Most stands have three to four legs and a strut at the center with a threaded rod and pad at the top.

Common Uses for Boat Stands?

Boat stands are often used when working on or storing your boat for extended periods of time. Common examples include:

Why Type of Stands Should You Get?

While you may think the obvious option would be to choose boat stands based on the vessel type you own, this is not always the best decision. For instance, if you have a powerboat that has a deep V-shaped bow, you would be best using motorboat stands for the stern, but sailboat stands that are angled for the bow. There are also specific stands for powerboats and pontoon boats. In addition to these options, you can explore using boat dollys and boat lift systems. Boat lift equipment allows you to. Read More

Boat Lifts and Dollys 

Boat lifts are commonly used when looking to store a boat off of its trailer. Boat lift systems consist of multiple legs and span the bottom of the entire hull, making them a good match for smaller boats or those that don't have a very flared hull. 

Boat dollys are perfect when you need to work on your boat but keep it semi-mobile. Since they are supported by wheels and designed to be mobile, they are best for smaller crafts in general. Pontoon boats are also a good fit for boat dollys, as the shape of the dolly can fit the curve of the pontoons. With multiple heights, available dollys are a great choice when dry storing and maintaining your pontoon boat!

How Many  Stands Do You Need?

As you would imagine, it depends on the type of boat you have. If you own a powerboat, it is generally recommended that you use at least four stands, two pairs. If, though, your powerboat has a greater length than 20-feet, you should always use an additional set of boat stands for each extra 10-feet. 

If you have sailboats, you should use five boat stands, one that has a v-shaped head to rest the bow on and at least four more with swivel tops. 

How Do You Use Boat Stands Properly?

To use your stands properly, they need to be securely positioned on flat, preferably firm ground. If you need to place stands on softer ground, you need to make sure the dunnage is under the stand base. Read More

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