Choos­ing the BEST BOAT Stor­age Option

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One thing all boaters share in com­mon

is that we love be­ing on the wa­ter. We also share the same set of laws re­gard­ing right of way. How­ever, two boaters can be twins, have the same boat, the same job, sim­i­lar num­ber and size of fam­ily mem­bers in the boat, while en­joy­ing the same wa­ter­sports at the same time, but once they get to the dock, their lives can di­verge com­pletely. I’m talk­ing about boat stor­age.

In a per­fect world, ev­ery boater would have a pro­tected lake or ocean front lot where his or her boat dock comes com­plete with a boat garage and a lift. Their boat would re­main pro­tected from the el­e­ments, van­dals and thieves, and be eas­ily loaded, un­loaded and ac­ces­si­ble. Pinch me.

Ev­ery stor­age option has its ben­e­fits; from dry rack stor­age where your boat is pro­tected from the el­e­ments but you have to plan ahead to launch; to leav­ing it moored in a ma­rina ex­posed to the el­e­ments but supremely ac­ces­si­ble; to tow­ing it to the lake or launch point of your choice and sub­se­quently tow­ing it home. Here are the ad­van­tages of dry stor­ing your boat at home, which you may not have con­sid­ered. Some stor­age op­tions have some of the same ad­van­tages, but not all.

1. Dry stor­age pro­tects your boat from the po­ten­tial dam­age that can be done moored in a storm, de­te­ri­o­ra­tion caused by UV light, dust, and mould, bomb­ing runs by seag­ulls, and dam­age by ma­rine crit­ters that want to make a win­ter home of your boat.

2. It will re­duce the cost of boat own­er­ship as less main­te­nance is re­quired like an­nual an­tifoul­ing, and your boats’ re­sale value will be higher be­cause it is in bet­ter shape.

3. Theft and van­dal­ism can be re­duced be­cause the dirt­bags can’t see your boat and you can lock it up tight.

4. It’s en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly, as there is less spillage/leak­ing of sewage, oil and fuel in the wa­ter­way, and it re­duces the im­pact of tox­ins from anti-foul­ing paints.

5. Your boat is less likely to suf­fer from scratches and gashes since you are the one mov­ing it as op­posed to an er­rant boat stor­age em­ployee.

6. It’s easy to give your boat a quick in­spec­tion, get at your boat for light main­te­nance work, or switch props for a dif­fer­ent style of boat­ing.

7. You can use it when­ever you want, for that pre-dawn fish­ing ex­cur­sion or the sun­rise pull on the wa­ter­ski.

8. Boat­ing to a dif­fer­ent lake or launch point is as sim­ple as pick­ing a new des­ti­na­tion that day.

9. Load­ing lug­gage, gear and sup­plies is eas­ier than haul­ing it all down to the dock.

10. No monthly rental fees, or an­nual mem­ber­ship dues.

So why doesn’t ev­ery­one do it? Well, not ev­ery­one has space in the garage, some boats are too big to tow, some peo­ple don’t have a ve­hi­cle ca­pa­ble of tow­ing their boat size, and oth­ers sim­ply have that prop­erty on the lake we were dream­ing of ear­lier (sigh).

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