When looking for the boat that’s the best fit for you and your family, one of the biggest questions you should ask yourself is where you’re going to keep it when you’re not using it. Three things that play into your “pre-purchase equation,” is it convenient, is it in your budget, and is the availability something you can work with?
If budget is something you’re thinking about and you’re looking for an inexpensive way to store your boat then Trailering it is your best bet. The availability of having your boat in your driveway or back yard is ideal for some, and you won’t have to pay any fees for storage. So when that perfect day comes you can immediately hook it up to your truck and head out to the water! What can be better than that?
The second option in boat storage for smaller boats is rack storage or dry stacks. Typically, a rack storage facility keeps your boat in a covered shed filled with cradles that store the boats. You can call the facility before you want to use your boat. They use a forklift or other lifting machinery to retrieve and launch your boat at a designated time. When you come back, you tie it up, walk away and they return it to the shed.
For larger boats, and owners of small boats who want convenience, buying or renting a boat marina slip is a great way to go. You drive your family and gear to the marina, load the boat, cast off the lines and go. Rates vary, but typically you’ll be charged according to the length of your boat. Boat marinas sometimes offer winter storage, lucky for you we don’t necessarily need winter storage here in Florida! Some marinas even offer connections for electricity, wash down water, telephone, Internet and TV at the dock.
There are many different places to store your boat. You just need to find one that’s within a reasonable distance from your home to the lake of your choice. Researching your options won’t hurt. Make sure you know what your needs are to make the search quick and painless and we will see you out on the water in no time.