A Guide to Boat Storage
If you own a boat, one of the first things you need to figure out is where you’re going to store it. There are many options, each with their own costs and benefits. We’ve put together a quick guide for what’s available in terms of storage.
Keeping your boat on a trailer is definitely the cheapest option, but it might not be the best option. The upside is that you don’t have to pay extra storage fees, but ultimately, you always have a boat in your driveway. Many municipalities won’t allow this on a long-term basis. You do get the bonus of being spontaneous and taking your aquatic ride to a new locale at a moment’s notice. You have to make sure you have a vehicle whose towing capacity can handle towing. Make sure you choose the right trailer for your boat and truck.
Dry Rack – Rack N’ Launch
Many marinas offer dry storage or rack N’ launch, wherein the boat is stored in a dry rack (with a cover) in slots similar to cradles. The way it works is that you come to the marina when you want to use it, then they extract it via forklift and put it in the water for you. Once you return, they take it out of the water and put it in storage. These dry racks can typically hold boats up to 36 feet in length.
If you have a larger vessel, you’ll want to weigh the practicality of renting a slip at a marina. All you have to do is get you and your family or crew to the marina, where you can simply load up and cast off. You’ll be charged either on the length of the boat or the length of the slip, depending on the marina. Rates will vary based on location as well.
Excellent marinas will offer additional amenities, such as boat service, electricity connections, fresh water to wash the boat down with, and even Internet and TV. Some marinas will even offer winter storage, which is a huge advantage if you live in an area with long winters, like Monroe.
Ultimately, if you go with a marina, you have the advantage, in that you don’t have to worry about finding a slip when it gets crowded in the summer. In addition, when compared to dry docking, you don’t have to worry about strain on the hull.
If you keep a boat in the Monroe area, you’ll need a storage spot. Take into account your location, budget, and boating habits, and make the decision that best fits your needs.