Choosing the Best Summer Storage for Your Boat
During boating season, the goal is to get out on the water as often as possible. So what storage option works best? When you’re boat is not in use during the summer, there are several options to storing your boat. Depending on where you boat, how big your boat is, and how much you want to spend on storage, will determine which option works best for you. Here are some of the options for summer boat storage.
If you have a small or mid size boat, storing your boat on a trailer is inexpensive and one of the best ways to have access to your boat at a moment’s notice. Trailer’s double as a hauling and storage. If your boat is on a trailer, it can be stored in a garage, a secure storage yard, or warehouse building.
It’s important to make sure that your boat has a slip cover on when being stored to avoid any damage to the inside or electronics. Choose a slip cover that won’t trap moisture inside and create a bad odor or even mildew.
Dry rack storage
Storing boats using the dry rack method is becoming more popular because of the ease of use. Small and mid-size boats can be dry stacked up to 32 feet. Marina’s often offer dry rack storage that uses a forklift to lift boats into racks that can be multiple stories high. They’re often stored inside a building for security and to control temperature and precipitation. When you're ready to take your boat out on the water, the marina will get your boat down and even fuel it up if necessary. When you’re done with your boat, drop it off and the marina will wash it down and re-rack it.
One of the main disadvantages of dry rack storage is the ability to have access to your boat any time of the day. Marina’s aren’t open 24 hours and because you have to call ahead to get your boat ready, last minute trips are harder to plan. If you fish and like to get out on the water by dawn, dry rack storage can hinder your outings, especially if you forget to call the marina the night before.
Boat lift storage
Storing your boat on a boat lift is one of the best ways to keep your boat dry and also have access to it any time of the day. It’s the most convenient and inexpensive way to store your boat, with minimal prep work and maximum time spent on the water.
If you plan to store your boat at a marina, most boat lifts can’t be used because they have heavy metal parts, and require modification to the marina’s infrastructure. In most cases, you will have to have prior approval for your boat lift and there are several restrictions to what kind. Floating boat lifts are one of the few that are widely accepted at marinas because there is no need for drilling, dredging, or changes to the marina. Typically, floating boat lifts don’t have any mechanical parts and don’t require maintenance. Be sure to check with your marina before bringing your boat lift.
Whether you have a waterfront property or store your boat at a marina, wet docking is an option, especially if you have a large boat that can’t be dry stacked or is difficult to trailer. Wet docking your boat is the quickest way to get out on the water with minimal prepping.
Although wet docking is a quick way to get out on the water, it has more disadvantages than advantages. Leaving your boat in the water all summer long can cause damage to your boat. It’s constantly being subject to unpredictable weather, ultra violet light, and high waters. Wet docking can be extremely costly if storms cause damage to a prop or strut. Wet docking should only be used when there is only a few days between activity.
Floating boat lifts are the best solution
Whether you have a waterfront property or have to store your boat at a marina, using a floating boat lift is the best way to store it. JetDock features a patented design that doesn’t require an electrical or mechanical parts and docks your boat completely out of the water. It can easily be stored indoors during the winter or harsh weather. Floating boat lifts are the best choice for storing your boat this summer.
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