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I'm still looking for a new used boat. Saw one today, Fisher 175 w/135HP Merc, etc. Anyway, I took the tape measure to it and the boat on trailer, is probably 2-3 inches longer that the depth of my garage, (yes, it has the swing away hitch)plus the width of the boat is such that I wouldn't be able to get to my workbench, (it would butt up beside it) and the other side would stick out about 4-5 inches in front of the entrance of the door leading to the house. My H20 heater is stuck int he same corner as the side the workbench is on. So I couldn't use that side anyway, if I decided to move the workbnench.

The other side of the garage has the door leading to the outside, plus shelves, refrigerator, etc. So I couldn't store it on that side, beside,s then it would be blocking the door to the house even more.

I checked out the price od storage units for the boat, MAN arte they expensive. Besides, I currently have a smaller boat that fits fine and I emjoy haveing the boat there to piddle around with and handy to have around when getting ready the night before. I really didn't want to have to rent something and have to run out each Friday night to retrieve it, etc.

Anyone have any creative ideas how to address this issue? PS: I really don;t want to store the boat in the driveway in the neighborhood. It would tick off the neighbors if you know what I mean.

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Unless there's a Homeowners committy and rules in your neighborhood against recreational vehicles parked in the drive, if the neighbors didn't like it, they would have to move.

Knock the back wall out and make the garage 10ft deeper to make room for everything.

The next option would have to be to do away with the HW heater, build a workshop out back and move all the garage stuff out.

If the market is good where you live, sell that house and by one with a larger garage.

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Is there room to swing the bow to the side.  I know somebody with about an 19 or 20' or something and they have to put theirs in at an angle.  Their garage is set up alot like I think you are discribeing.   Could you readjust the motor if you had something for it to set on to gain room?     Draw out everything of any size to scale on paper like the boat, workbench, heater ect.   Then cut them out and try to arrange it to fit on a drawing of your garage.  Unless you have Cadd.  That is the easiest way I can think of to utilize an erea.  It kind of hard in print.  You can get a boat dolly to help move it around for about $70.00 at BPS.

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Boat dolly, now thats an idea.  Thanks for the idea, MP.  I am the type that uses my garage alot.  It is not used for just storage.  I am a neat freak.  The garage floor is painted, get's mopped every week.  You could eat off the floor.  Anyway, It would be difficult to do much in there with the boat taking up all the space.  But the boat dolleys might be a way to go!!  

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Did you measure with the motor all the way down. To fit my gambler in my garage I have to lower the front of the trailer as far as it goes and then put the motor down as far as it goes and turn the motor all the way left, this is not as hard as it sounds and like you said its nice to have it in there on rainy days so we can still piddle!I just though i would mention this since you said you only needed a few inches.

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Great ideas, guys.  I appreciate it.  Gambler, to be honest, no, I didn't measure it the way yiu described.  I'll have to go back and do that.  Sounds like it might work.  Unfortunately, I am going to give up alot of gararge space....I know, i'm whining........ :'( ;D

Thanks again!

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