Custom Fitting Boat Stand

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Learn how to make an easy and economical boat stand that will perfectly cradle your boat...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is was building my I-Box by Zipp Manufacturing and got to a point in the build where I needed a boat stand to Imagecarry on with the build. I considered making one of my usual stands with PVC pipe and fittings, but then I realized I could make one out of wood very easily and at a very low cost. I decided to take a few pictures while making it. The complete stand cost me about $20.00. This will actually vary depending on the type and price of the wood used. In my case, this was much less than it would have cost to make a PVC stand.

 

I went to the builders’ supply store and purchase a ¾” think jointed pine board and four 36 inch long 7/8” diameter birch dowels. I also needed some foam tape ¾” wide x ½” thick, which I happened to have already.

 

I cut two pieces from the ¾” pine board big enough to make the two end pieces of the stand. I then used the cutouts of bulkheads 3 and 5 from the I-Box kit as templates for the top shape of the end pieces. I traced the “V” of the bulkheads onto the two end pieces and cut them with a jig saw.

 

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To have an idea of the length the stand should be I measured the distance between bulkheads 3 and 5 on the boat, and I the dowel the same length. I then drilled four matching 7/8” holes in the end pieces for the dowels. To make the holes match I lined up the bottoms of the end pieces and clamped them together prior to drilling.

 

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I temporarily setup the stand on a flat table. At this point I put the boat on the stand to check its attitude. I found the boat to be a little bit too “nose up” for my liking so I traced the “V” in the front board ½” lower and re-cut. I test fitted again and this time the attitude looked fine so I went ahead and glued the dowels to the end pieces.

 

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The final step was simply to add the foam tape to both end pieces to have a soft surface for the boat to sit on.

 

Note: you will have to cut a slot in the back board for the stuffing tube to run in. See picture below.

 

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That’s it! Maybe not the fanciest boat stand out there, but easy and economical, plus it cradles your boat perfectly!

 

* You can build a stand like this for just about any V-hull out there using a protractor like this one to transfer the angles of the boat’s bottom to your end pieces.

 

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Happy Boating!

 

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