Having a boat can be tons of fun, but it can also be tons of hassle if you’re not sure where to store it while you’re not on the water. You might be thinking it’s as simple as leaving it in a marina next to one of the dock ladders, but keeping your boat constantly in the water, especially if not in use, can actually lead to a number of problems such as barnacles or wood expansion. That’s why there’s a number of boat storage options for people who use their boats on occasion and don’t want to worry about any wear and tear of leaving it at a dock.
Dry Boat Storage
Perhaps the most popular storage options is dry boat storage. You may have seen one of these facilities before if you life in a large coastal city. They’re typically large lots with open metal structures that have boats stacked one on top of the other. These work kind of like storage units for boat owners; they pay a monthly or annual fee and the facility allows them to store their boat out of the water, but still outdoors. Most outdoor storage is also fairly inexpensive because there isn’t a building to upkeep.
Indoor Boat Storage
Other owners opt for something they feel is a little more secure: indoor boat storage. For the most part, the most convenient indoor storage you’ll find is your own garage if your boat can fit in it. It’ll be out of the elements and safely under a roof you can keep tabs on. Otherwise, this type of storage facility can be hard to find and costly because it would need to be incredibly large and have the right type of equipment to safely store boats out of the elements.
Owning a boat is fun, but knowing how to store it can save you money on costly repairs.