Never enough room!

It’s been a little quiet on the fishing front for me lately, one of the reasons is that I have been doing some major home renovations. Between painting the inside and outside of the house, tuck pointing brickwork and a complete bathroom make over, my fishing time has been really non existent. The reason for this lot of renovations is to potentially sell our property, upsizing the house and just as importantly the ‘man cave’.

My current garage is pretty big compared to the average garage in the ‘Inner West’ of Sydney.  It’s an extra wide, extra long, extra high, double garage with an attached carport but funnily enough doesn’t house any cars or boats.

At this point you are probably thinking to yourself, besides the fact that Ian hasn’t gone fishing lately, has been doing a lot of renovations and has a relatively big garage, where is all this leading?

Well to think about selling a house, one also has to think about buying right?  You end up having a checklist of things the house must/must-not have as well as things that you really want.

On our checklist one of our wants is to stay in Sydney, preferably relatively close to the city.  Unfortunately for us one of the must haves is a really big garage with good access to house my boat, cars, toys and anything else I might get my hands on (those that know me will understand that this can be a lot) – That’s not a lot to ask is it?  Wrong!

Forget the really big garage in my must-list, try just finding a garage big enough just to house the boat, over 7 metres long (considering the average garage is 6 metres long), wide enough, tall enough so that the motor doesn’t hit the top of the garage door and not too steep so that I don’t need an emergency rescue team to winch me out of my driveway everytime I want to use the boat.

Don’t get me wrong, these types of places are available but they are few and far between, quite often though the rest of the must/must-not haves and really wants don’t align.

9 responses to “Never enough room!

  1. I feel for you on this one Ian.
    I wanted to put a car port on the side of my house to keep the boat out of the weather but the cost of it was going to unbelievable. Then council regulations along with a DA application has meant my boat is still protected by a silver Tarp held down with Occy straps. At 2.3 m wide the space between my garage and the fence also limits the size of boat if I ever wanted to upgrade into a bigger craft.
    Hopefully the renovations go well.

    • Hi Craig,

      Unfortunately for me the issue isn’t room in my current backyard or the ability to keep it under my carport, it’s the fact that I cannot get it down my driveway because I have less than .5 cm clearance with the house on one side and a fence on the other. Hopefully we’ll be able to find something which can accommodate the boat.


  2. I hear you totally mate. I’ve been through the exact same scenario. My 1st house, the garage way to small for boat and did have call international rescue when I had to remove the boat due to the driveway angle and ended up selling after renovating entire house. And the final soulution was to (not simple) but build the new house around the addiction and boat. Good luck with it all.

    • Adz,

      Lucky for me, I have a very understanding wife and boat storage is at the top of the list of requirements for a new house.


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