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    Default Creative Ideas for Garaging a Boat

    So I bought a bass boat. I totally underestimated garaging the boat. My garage and driveway are at a 90 degree angle. When I start getting the angle right, my front tire is about to come off the driveway, about a 3" drop till the neighbor's grass, and Im afraid I'll blow a tire. So, I dropped the boat thinking I would just push it the rest of the way.

    Wrong! The entrance into my garage is sloped for the reason of water running off I suppose. Took all the wife and I had to get it in there. I can't go through this much trouble getting the boat in every time I take it out.

    One guy at work suggested getting it in with an electric winch. I'm looking at them now online, but was wondering if there are any other solutions I'm not thinking of? Not going to be left outside, plus the neighborhood rules doesn't allow it. If I bought a 4 wheeler, well that's just something else to eat up garage space. Talk to me.

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    Moor it in a covered slip.

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    Have you considered a hitch on the front of the truck.

    Maybe a trailer dolly

    would help. Less rolling resistance than a trailer jack wheel.

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    Sell the house and move!!! I had the same problem but mine was that a light pole was in the way. My truck was too long to get the right aim to get it in the garage without hitting the pole. We built a new garage!!!!
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    You're not going to blow a tire on a 3" dropoff. If you're still worried, have a hitch put on the front of your truck and use that to steer the boat into the garage.

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    Most of the larger lakes around here have storage building, that were built for boat, for rent.

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    pour some concrete and extend driveway

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    I put a hitch on the front of my John Deere Zero radius mower. Works great.

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    I'd rather not moor it. We have lake access in the neighborhood and I would prefer to launch here when the water level permits it.

    The house is built over the basement, so no expanding the garage.

    I've seen tires give when only half of it was on pavement and I got a new set of rubbers on the truck. Not going to chance it.

    The trailer dolly looks interesting, as does the notion of making the driveway a little wider. The driveway is sorta hour glassed shaped and the narrow portion is what is getting me. The garage is dual doored, so no big, wide opening like some garages. Plus there is a brick planter extending to the driveway that isn't helping.

    lol....anyone wanna buy a bass boat?

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    FYI, I tried the "dolly". A real nut buster unless you're a weight lifter! You really need some kind of power assist to move all but the smaller boats with motor & trailer, into a spot. The suggestion for a second bumper hitch put on the front of your tow vehicle is excellent. And if you have a snowblower or lawn tractor, you can do likewise very effectively.
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