For those of us not fortunate enough to park the boat behind our mansions or have enough room on our property to store the boat, we have to resort to finding a boat storage place. Depending on your budget we have analyzed a few options:
Wetslips are expensive but great options. It’s so nice to pull up to your own slip, crack a cold one, and rinse the boat down while the sun sets. But there are a few things you need to consider if you're leaving your vessel in the water. Make sure you get your hull done up with some proper anti-fouling paint and hire a bottom cleaning company to come out at least twice a month in the winter months and weekly in the summer months to keep your hull clean and free of barnacle growth. Don't forget to keep those outboards trimmed up! Plus, make sure you lock up your hoses. There’s nothing more frustrating than getting back to the dock and missing your nozzle or worse the whole damn hose! You need to make sure someone is regularly checking your dock lines as tides change throughout the various seasons. It’s also a good idea to get a washdown once a week or the very least once every two weeks.
Dry Stacks are great if you're looking to save a few bucks. Just make sure to plan ahead to get access to your boat. Most storage centers are pretty good about getting the boat down with advanced notice nowadays. Just don’t expect to show up unannounced and be out on the water in a few minutes!
Boat Yards are good options for those that have trailers. Don’t underestimate the value of a good cover! Many yards have a lot of work going on. Expect your boat to be covered in dust and debris. A good cover with a good pitch to keep the water from pooling up can save your gelcoat and painted surfaces. You also want to select a boat yard that has good security and one that is fully gated to protect your marine electronics and your vessel!
Check out Marine Central’s database of boat storage facilities in your area!
Written by: Jimmy Davis CEO of Marine Central