How do you store your RIB for the winter?

Discussion in 'Dinghies' started by Doc O Rock, Aug 24, 2017.

  1. Doc O Rock

    Doc O Rock Active Member

    Mar 23, 2016
    Lake St Clair, Belle Maer Harbor
    1999 380 Sundancer
    twin 7.4 Merc
    This year we bought a RIB inflatable and a Merc 6 hp. We have loved having it behind our 380. What do you guys do for winter storage. Leave it on the swim platform and let them shrink wrap over it?
  2. b_arrington

    b_arrington Active Member

    Feb 21, 2007
    Setauket, NY
    270 Amberjack (2006)
    AB Ventus 9 VL RIB
    350 Mag MPI Horizon w/ BIII
    1998 Envinrude 15 HP 2-stroke
    That's what I've done for 3 winters. Mine is on Weaver davits. I add enough air to make the tubes rigid for the winter, then through a tarp over the boat + RIB. Actually helps with the support.
  3. Gary B

    Gary B Member

    May 20, 2015
    Long Island
    2007 52 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSM 11
    We turn it upside down on the platform and cover it with a tarp. I also put moth balls under it to keep the squirrels from making a home.
  4. Escapade

    Escapade Member

    Jan 10, 2007
    Lake Michigan
    390 Sundancer 2005
    Twin 8.1's
    We put our Mercury RIB back on the trailers and roll it under the bow in storage. It is in heated storage and has a fitted cover that matches the boat.
  5. Strypes

    Strypes Active Member

    Dec 10, 2015
    Catawba Island
    12 Meter Trojan International Motor Yacht
    210 Sea Fox Center Console
    Avon 3.11 RIB
    454 Crusaders
    V6 Mercury Saltwater 150HP
    4 Stroke 5HP Mercury
    I put ours on the trailer and then winterize the outboard and wash both the outboard & dinghy and park it inside my heated shop covered up for the winter.
  6. Z-Worthy

    Z-Worthy Member

    Jun 20, 2014
    Sandusky, OH
    1997 400 DA
    300hp CAT 3116s
    My indoor storage location allows me to keep the dinghy under my boat. So once they get everything shored and blocked I just drag the dinghy in and plop it under the bow. I keep the outboard in my basement.
  7. Carpediem44DB

    Carpediem44DB Active Member

    Aug 18, 2015
    Sanfransico Bay area
    2006 44 DB Sedan Bridge Raymarine E120 radar chart plotter GPS autopilot
    cummins QSC 8.3 500 HD
    I keep mine covered on a slide on floating dock and in winter take it home and store in dry barn. 2010 Achilles looks dang near new.
  8. QT1

    QT1 Active Member

    Oct 20, 2016
    Belair, MD
    1990 350 Sundancer, "Quality Time II". Avon rib w/ Yamaha 4 stroke. Upgraded Raymarine GPS/radar.
    7.4 Mercruisers
    We are excitedly to be adding an Avon dinghy to our boating accessories this year (unfortunately after the season was over). I have winterized The Yamaha 4 Stroke purchased with the deal and the dinghy deflated and is rolled up in our warehouse at the marina. We have a dinghy rack near the loading ramp where it will probably be stored and covered next year.
  9. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer, Raymarine C80 suite with radar, Mercury 310 Hypalon w/8hp Yammie 2stk
    2X 454 carbs w/ vDrives
    I put mine (Mercury Hypalon fibreglass bottom RIB) on the bow deck. Air out of the tubes. They work around it when they frame for the shrink wrap. Outboard in the garage.
  10. bmac

    bmac Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2008
    Holbrook, NY
    2006 58 Sedan Bridge, Walker Bay Generation 390 RIB w/40hp Yamaha, 2014 Wellcraft 232 CC w/Yamaha
    MAN 900 CRM
    On a trailer at home on the driveway, shrink wrapped.

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