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Brownell Boat Stands

Brownell Boat Stands

Brownell boat stands have been revolutionizing the way boats are stored for over 50 years. Their boat stand system has proven to be the fastest, safest, and most reliable way to store boats out of the water. Brownell's unique, space-efficient design lets yards store more boats per square foot (or meter), better utilizing their storage area for increased revenue.

Stackable, nesting stands are designed for space-saving storage when not in use. Visit most any yard or marina around the world and you will find Brownell.

Brownell Stands

Brownell Stands & Accessories Include:

  • Boat Stand Blocks
  • Safety Chain
  • Maxi Stands
  • Motorboat Stands
  • Plywood Replacements
  • Sailboat Stands
  • Staging Ladder
  • V-Tops
  • How to choose the right stand for your boat

    choosing the right brownell stand

    Generally speaking, boat stands are divided into power boat and sailboat designs. While it might seem obvious which type to choose based on the kind of boat you own, the correct type to use is actually determined by the angle between the hull and the stand's center pipe. The threaded rod from the top should enter the stand's center pipe at approximately a 90 degree angle to the boat's hull.

    Example: A motorboat with a deep V-bow would use sailboat stands at the bow and motorboat stands at the stem.

    Stand Size:
    An important thing to realize before determining the proper boat stand to use is that boat stands are used to stabilize your boat, and the keel blocking supports the boat's weight. A simple method to determine the correct size would be to take the draft of the boat (inches), add the height of the blocking pile, and subtract about 6 inches. Your decision for size will then be based on keeping a minimum amount of thread exposed on top.

    How Many Stands Are Required:
    With powerboats / motorboats, a minimum of 4 stands should be used, and with sailboats a minimum of 5 stands should be used. However, there is one exception: a full keel sailboat may not require a bow stand. Use a pair of boat stands, one placed port and on placed starboard, for approximately each 8 feet of the boat's length. If you're storing in an extremely windy area, or you are leaving a sailboat mast stepped, extra boat stands should be used in addition to the typical minimum requirements.

    How to use Brownell stands

    Brownell Keel Stand in use

    Port/Starboard Sides:
    When storing your boat, choose an area that offers hard, stable ground to prevent sinking of keel blocking and boat stands. The boat stands should be placed outboard on the hull for stability and the boat stand tops should have a minimum amount of thread exposed, with the threaded rod placed as close to perpendicular as possible to the hull. To ensure that the threaded rod is closest to perpendicular, the boat stand base rear legs are placed so they are parallel with the waterline. The stand is placed square to the hull, with the top on the flat of the hull for stability.

    Bow and/or Stern:
    While most sailboats require a bow stand with a V-top to prevent the bow from dropping forward, the exception may be a full keel sailboat that is not "bow heavy". Any excessive overhang in the stern requires two additional boat stands port and starboard on the after portion of the boat.

    Safety Chains:
    When you are using a safety chain for sailboat stands, the port (or starboard, whichever comes first) boat stand is placed in position with the boat stand top snug against the hull. A 3/16" chain is placed in the safety chain notch of this boat stand and the chain is passed athwart ship either before, after, or under the keel to the starboard, or opposite boat stand chain notch. The starboard boat stand is placed in its approximate position, but not yet snugged up tightly against the hull, the chain is pulled tightly and placed in the starboard boat stand chain notch. Once it is snug in the chain notch, you will pull the starboard boat stand outboard until the chain is snug. Tighten the stand top, making sure the rear legs of both boat stands are parallel to the hull. Use safety chains and repeat this procedure for all side sailboat stands to prevent the boat stands from sliding up a boat's hull.

    Keel Blocking:
    It is recommended to use a minimum of 2 blocking piles placed on hard, stable ground to carry the boat's weight. Each blocking pile consists of 3 blocks, i.e., 2 base blocks facing for and aft running parallel to each other, and on block placed across the two base blocks for the keel to rest on. This method reduces the sinking of the blocks. Higher or lower blocking piles may be used depending on how the boat drains, however, the lower to the ground, the better. More blocking piles should be added, as necessary, depending on the condition and length of the keel.

    Boat Stand Tips


    • Use 16" blocking along centerline of boat to rest weight on, and always check blocks for rotting or splitting.
    • Use safety chains on all side sailboat stands, chaining pairs together from port to starboard.
    • Use pairs of boat stands, one placed to port and one to starboard.
    • Use a minimum of four stands per boat, and one set every 10' for longer boats.
    • Use a V-stand under the bow of all fin keel or bow-heavy, or stern-heavy sailboats.
    • Use a boat stand on firm, stable ground and use plywood under stands if the ground is soft.
    • In windy areas, remove masts when boats are on stands; if mast must be left in, use extra stands.
    • Replace any damaged or badly rusted stands.
    • Keep screws greased.
    • If a stand must be removed from under a boat, place another stand beside it first.
    • Frequently check boats left on stands (especially for long periods of time), for safety and security.

    DO NOT:

    • Allow anyone other than a qualified, experienced or authorized person(s) to move or adjust boat stands when they are in use.
    • Use boat stands to suspend a boat in mid-air.
    • Allow anything (canvas, tarp, etc.) to be tied to boat stands
    • Weld or modify boat stands or tops.
    • Use boat stands to perform jobs for which they are not intended.
    • Place blocks on top of boat stands or underneath legs of boat stands to increase their reach.

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