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Update: Attention Yards

Hurricane Yacht Storage is very high ROI. 80% to over 100% year!

Have you thought about being at the forefront of offering a solution for yachts to weather a hurricane? You know it's needed. These are in fairly wide use in the Caribbean but haven't caught on yet here in the USA. But… we think it's coming and you can get in the game ahead of others and be known as the yard to go to in the event of a storm. Wasn't it around 65,000 yachts/boats lost from Sandy? It's progressive thinking and having a hurricane solution is extremely high ROI. How about under 13 months for most typical yards. A standard "Cradle charge" for some yards is an up front charge of $2500.00. This covers your yard labor to install the yacht in the cradle. It takes about 2-4 hours for our manual system install. Then in addition to this fee the yard typically charges about $300/month for the monthly rental of the cradle system. When you consider $2500 +$300/month you break out of the investment in around 10-13 months? Where have you ever seen a return like this? You offer a new system that's not widely known here on the East Coast of the USA and vastly increase the revenue for that ground spot. It's fully hot dipped so it's going to last a long time. Start small with a small order and as you keep them filled up and you limit out you can add additional units… the best yard for this will be one that is above sea level to avoid a storm surge.

Scaffoldmart has the world's strongest manual hurricane cradle system. Our pad head assembly load rates over 250,000 lbs vs Y@L's at 19,000 lbs. Adjustment height is 68 in to 122 in. Our hurricane yacht cradle system has 8 heads with a massive ladder type cradle assembly under the keel. Huge reinforced tripod cradle assembly has been engineered to withstand substantially more than any other system available in the world. Pad has a solid 1 inch rubber pad on top of a massive steel 8 mm plate. Under ribs are reinforced in critical areas to substantially increase load ratings. This system is entirely hot dipped including the rib assemblies. All fasteners are hot dipped. Small fasteners are 316L stainless. Included are anchors, turnbuckles, winches for each head. If you are a marina in hurricane territory give us a call before you spend more for less elsewhere. Take a look at the pics below to get a feel for our unit. Please note that we can save you significant money over any other solution currently available in the world. Email for a custom quote and technical info.

Update: 11/20/2012

New Quick Adjustment Hurricane Yacht Cradle System … Patent Pending



Scaffoldmart has now finished development work of a new ultra quick adjustment hurricane cradle system that we think has the potential to revolutionize the hurricane and marine insurance industry. It's the first of its kind in the world. Time to "cradle up" is about 15 to 20 minutes with 1 man instead of 2 men taking 2 to 4 hours with a manual system. Think of the incredible thru-put and labor savings. Our system is Nascar pit stop fast. You use an battery impact gun to secure the tripod assembly to the plate with J hooks. The head can be positioned every 1 ft to the tie downs for any size boat. Our pad head assembly will withstand 288,000 lbs under load vs our competitor @ a mere 19,000 lbs. Yeap that's about 15 times stronger. Even our regular small boat stands tops go 39,000 lbs so it's interesting that our competitor's much larger "hurricane head" being as large as it is can muster a mere 19,000 lbs. Stronger is better when dealing with Hurricane force winds! The head assembly is substantially more heavily built thus heavier thus we have added a power head adjuster. The impact gun raises and lowers this head very quickly and effortlessly via a threaded rod. To move the unit out of the way the manual conventional way 2 men unbolt the manual tripod head from the cradle assembly and drag it through the sand. Not very efficient. Our unit incorporates 3 spring loaded steel V-wheels that lift the unit up when the J hooks are loosened with the gun and will move forward or backwards with the push of "1 finger" on a rail track. Literally 1 finger is all it takes. So the bay can be opened up by 1 man when the boat is already out of the water in about 10 min total time. Imagine how much easier this is.


This is how is works: Take impact gun and loosen head assembly from plate via the 4 J hook nuts. Tripod head will rise upwards as nuts are loosened due to spring loaded wheels. Now unit is pushed back to maximum outermost position to give maximum clearance for incoming trailer… with 1 finger. Trailer comes in and deposits boat. Now it's time to "cradle up". You "1 finger" push each head up to the boat and temporarily secure 4 heads in position for temporary boat support in an extended position for maximum trailer clearance. Once trailer is out of bay you reposition at proper angle. Total time to handle this "cradle up" procedure is as little as 15-20 min with 1 man. We will be displaying our quick adjustment hurricane cradle system at the IMBC and Miami shows this year…

ROI should be under 2 yrs and give your yard the edge up on competitors as you will have the "go to yard" for the ultimate hurricane storage solution when a hurricane threatens. Imagine being able to say to 70-150 boats that want to be pulled and cradled for an approaching storm "Yes we have space and we can get you out of the water and cradled up before the storm" vs "Sorry sir we have the space but can't get to you as we have a long list that have to be pulled before you and we can only do 4-5 boats a day with our manual system and get them fully cradled up. Imagine the last minute revenue that can be generated at premium rates. Contact Grady Smith @ to discuss technical specs and for a custom quote. Patent Pending.

Hurricane Assembly includes:

8 Tripod head assemblies which includes a 13.75 in x 13.75 hot dipped top with a 1 inch rubber pad bolted to this pad
2 Long square tubes (approx 18 ft) to connect the outermost tripod heads on each end
4 Short square tubes to connect 4 tripod head assemblies to the main cradle
1 Main cradle assembly that Keel rests upon
8 Ground anchors for each tripod assembly approx 6 ft length that is screwed into ground skid steer with auger attachment works perfect here.
8 Winches (winch is bolted to lower tripod assembly and tightens strap to anchor)
8 Turnbuckles (attaches winch to strap)
8 Straps (attaches ground anchor to winch)
All fasteners including nuts, bolts, washers.

All components are hot dipped or 316L stainless steel. This includes the shore post type rib assembly etc that our competitor does not hot dip. We are working to source a hot dipped winch and should have it shortly.

Only thing not included are additional straps. On an 8 head kit approximately 14 additional straps are needed but different customers have different needs so call us to discuss.

We have increased the metal thicknesses of almost every single component from 6 mm to 8 mm on our unit. The adjustable rib assembly has been increased from 48 mm x 60 mm to a huge 60 mm by 77 mm. These have been engineered to fit your system that you currently have. We have hot dipped this component as our feedback was "We have to replace these ribs now about every 2 years as they completely rust out. In addition we constantly have to oil them and this is messy and time consuming." So we have fixed this issue. Winches are another issue. They are currently hard chrome plated. We are going to try and hot dip them to fix this issue as well.

We added a triangular support bracket to the weakest link discovered during load tests. The competitive system fails at a dismal 24,800 lbs. With our improvements I expect a load rating increase of 20,000 to 30,000 additional load capacity. So competitive system fails @ 24,800 lb's of load vs ours at 40,000+. We'll have a 3rd party load test shortly.

The bottom tripod right hand and left hand foundation has had vertical side plate thickness increased to a massive 8mm. When observing this in person… the difference is nothing short of gigantic.


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Video may reference free freight.
We have removed built in freight and lowered pricing drastically.
All orders are now "plus freight."


Hurricane Yacht Cradle Assembly Instructions

  1. Lay main cradle out and orient such that it's going to be under boat in roughly the middle. Ideally wood chocks would be located on main cradle.
  2. Attach short connectors to 4 corners of main cradle with 16 mm bolts.
  3. Attach Tripod heads to connectors with 16 mm bolts.
  4. Position long connectors at each end and attach tripod head on each side with 16 mm bolts. There are 2 bolts with slider slots to be installed. The connector fits in the tripod "tunnel". Note there are bolt holes along entire connector for proper adjustment. Try and get a 45 degree angle on tripod head.
  5. Once the location of tripod head assembly is noted move tripod head assembly and install anchor assembly directly below winch on tripod head. Install anchors into ground with about 4-6 inches left showing. A skid steer with an auger attachment works well here. You may need to locally fabricate a holder that fits the end of the anchor. After installation, attach strap with turnbuckle and tighten with winch.
  6. Reinstall bolts between Tripod head and connectors. Adjust location of tripod head assembly at distance from centerline to allow a 45 degree angle. Now Tripod heads can be tilted towards hull close to a 45 degree angle and set. Pins can then be installed in the tripod adjustment arm. There is an adjustment nut above this pin and below this pin that should be tightened down on. Pin from both directions to remove movement in either direction. Next adjust head by extending main stem upwards until it's near hull. Insert pin.
  7. Orient pad so ribs are aligned for best traction and screw threaded nut which will tighten head against hull.
  8. Install a short 15 ft strap between each pad head to pad head.
  9. Next install a long strap underneath boat and connect to the pad head on the opposite side. Repeat with another strap over top of boat.
  10. Adjust all rubber heads so there is firm contact pressure. Last tighten up the straps so they have substantial tension. These straps are designed to help hold pad heads in place.

Questions contact Scaffoldmart at 252-756-3862 or email us at