If you've recently purchased a motorboat for the purpose of recreational use on local waterways during the summer months, you may be wondering whether it's better to store your boat at your home or in a storage unit. Another option that you may not be aware of it is storing your boat at a marina. Following are three good reasons why you should consider storing your boat at a marina:
Unless you've got a solid garage or outbuilding on your property that you can fit your new boat into, you may wake up one morning to find that it's been vandalized. Leaving a boat parked in the yard seems to attract miscreants who enjoy damaging the property of other people simply for something to do in their spare time. Keeping your boat in a marina reduces the chances of this happening, particularly if the marina has a watchperson on duty or a surveillance camera system on the premises. Also, marinas are usually located far enough off the beaten track so that the average garden variety vandal doesn't have easy access.
Also, keep in mind that if you live within the city limits or in an HOA community, chances are good that there will be an ordinance limiting the amount of boats or other recreational items that you can store on your property. Be sure to check local regulations before parking a boat on your property or at the curb in front of your house.
Storing your boat at the local marina means that you don't have to go to the trouble of taking it out of the water when the season is over and putting it back in when spring comes. You'll be able to go right to the marina when it's time to venture out for that first fishing trip of the season. You'll also have a guaranteed slip for the summer, eliminating the need to haul your boat to the lake every time you want to use it.
Decreased Wear and Tear
Leaving your boat in the marina will also result in decreased wear and tear -- after all, you won't be hauling it behind your vehicle up and down the highway, if it's kept in the marina. You also won't be launching it on a regular basis -- many boats are damaged during the launching process.
Please contact your local marina for more information on the advantages of storing your recreational boat at their facility.