When laying up a boat for winter Paul Williams of The Yacht Leg and Cradle Company says users should always ensure they have the correct size cradle for the boat.
“The ground needs to be level and the mast lowered and all sails and covers removed first,” he recommends. “Once in position, use tie downs if the storage area is exposed.”
The Boatowner Transportable yacht cradle is a modular design enabling additional keel base and arm sections to be added depending on the yacht size. When not in use the cradle can be broken down into segments small enough to fit into the boot of a car.
Stackable cradles fold flat when not in use and the Ex Large Modular Cradle is designed for use with boat movers where boats are closely positioned together. Designed to withstand 80mph winds, ground anchors can be added to ensure stability even in 134mph gusts.
Powerboat supports come in three styles with the Light Weight Support for craft up to six tons displacement and distance from ground to underside of chine less than 100cm. Standard supports weigh 15kgs and are manoeuvrable by one person. Heavy duty supports are for motorboats above 15 tons displacement. All supports are fully adjustable, pivoting and come with protective hull pads. Larger models are fitted with attachment points to enable the units to interlock with chain or webbing.
The Yacht Leg and Cradle Company supplies ancillary equipment such as bow support V pads, heavy weather lashing kits and keel base stands.