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Guide to Choosing the Best Summer Boat Storage Option
During boating season, the goal is to get out on the water as often as possible. So, what dock storage option works best? When your watercraft isn’t in use during the summer, there are several boat dock storage options to choose from.
Taking into account where you boat, how big your boat is and how much you want to spend on storage, you’ll be able to determine which option works best for you. The following are some of the top choices for summer boat storage.
If you have a small or mid-size boat, storing it on a trailer is inexpensive and one of the best ways to have access to your boat at a moment’s notice. Trailer’s can even double as a hauling vehicle and safe storage. If your boat is on a trailer, it can be stored in a garage, a secure storage yard or a warehouse building.
It’s important to make sure that your boat has a slipcover on when being stored to avoid any damage to the inside or electronics. Choose a slipcover that won’t trap moisture inside and create a bad odor or even mildew.
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. Marinas often offer dry-rack storage that uses a forklift to lift boats into racks that can be many stories high. They’re often stored inside a building for security reasons 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 inability to have access to your boat any time of the day. Marinas aren’t open 24/7 and because you have to call ahead in order 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.
Whether you have waterfront property or store your boat at a marina, wet docking is a viable option, especially if you have a large boat that can’t be dry stacked or that’s difficult to trailer. Wet docking your boat can be the quickest way to get out on the water with minimal prep work.
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, ultraviolet light and high waters. Wet docking can also be extremely costly if storms cause damage to a prop or strut. Wet docking should only be used when there are only a few days between activity.
Boat Lift Storage
Storing your watercraft on a floating boat lift is one of the best ways to keep your boat dry and while also having 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 may be several restrictions in place. But floating boat lifts are one of the few types of dock storage that is widely accepted at most marinas due to the fact that 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.
Shop Floating Boat Lifts From JetDock
Whether you have waterfront property or have to store your boat at a marina, using a floating boat dock is the best way to store it. JetDock features a patented design that doesn’t require any 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. All of these reasons and more make floating boat lifts the best choice for storing your boat this summer. Design your custom boat lift today or contact us for more information.
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