How to store your Hornbeck
How you store your boat is key to it's longevity. UV exposure along the hull and moisture on the wood are a boats biggest enemies. A boat should be stored upside down, off the ground, with its weight evenly distributed; ideally inside.
This can be accomplished in many ways.
Use a pulley system with a high ceiling, or simply suspend your boat with loops of rope to get it up and out of the way.
Make sure that the brackets are spaced evenly to distribute the weight of the boat. Also make sure the support arm is long enough so that the boat will not accidentally slide off the ends.
A simple set of saw horses is enough to keep it off the ground with good ventilation.
If storing outside, place in a shaded spot and cover with a thick, durable tarp that is
loosely tied down, protecting the boat, yet allowing for some air flow. It is best to tie the
boat and the tarp down independently to protect from gusts. Again, keep the boat off
the ground and if storing in a snowy area, regularly remove snow to prevent
damage from excessive weight.
A self standing rack is great for outdoor storage.
covered with a tarp
This is the most ideal outdoor setup. A tarp keeps the sun and weather off in such a way that still allows air flow. If the tarp is touching the hull, water spots can appear. The steep angle also prevents snow build up
Remember to strap your boat down. Wind can throw your boat across the lawn.
Shaded side of a building
The least ideal option but still better than being left out.
Consider getting a fabric boat cover
Keep your boat safe
Deter theft by storing inside if possible. If you must store your boat outside, keep it hidden, covered, and secured with a sturdy cable lock.
Read this article for more details on preventing theft of your boat