Boats are not like a pair of golf clubs, though you get the same level of enjoyment from them, you cannot just keep your boat in the trunk of spare bedroom. The larger the vessel, the more fun to be had, and the more difficult to store. Boat storage options are limited so choose wisely.
There are several factors to consider, the most important of which is boat storage costs and ongoing rates. To be fair, budget is the main priority for most captains and owners considering boat storage options.
Docks & Marinas & Slips
Storage at a dock or intracoastal marina is the most common of the boat storage options and most owners are quick to choose one of these options.
Though not convenient to travel to every time you want to go cruising, they do provide more convivence than trailering and boat rack storage.
- Purchase or Rent a Slip?
Slips are indeed a long-term asset and can be used as such. Though renting is a smart short-term solution, owning your own slip will pay back in dividends years from now.
Racking is one of the boat storage options available for smaller vessels. Though not as convenient as a slip, a rack also offers protection from the harmful outdoors.
And finally, the last boat storage option, keeping your boat at home. Sure, you have a certain affinity for your vessel and who can blame you. You want your vessel close by because you might want to take off this weekend and go, or maybe you just want to keep it close.
The good news is this will be the cheapest option, the bad news is that you can really only decide to store your boat at home in two very small cases. If you decide to keep your boat at home, you better have one of two things, a smaller boat or a large home dock.
If your vessel is under 20 feet, you really won’t have much problem trailering your boat and keeping it in the driveway, back yard (with access) or even
- Home Dock
If you are lucky enough to have a spot on the intercoastal like many other vessels on the East Coast of the U.S., then you don’t have too much to worry about. The only thing we hope you consider is monthly dockside services to prevent ongoing issues.