Its best to start planning early on where to store your boat for the coming winter months to ensure you have a spot at your desired boat storage facility or lot. When choosing between these storage options there are pros and cons to consider and weigh heavily when deciding where is best to keep your boat safe over the winter. These tips are also handy in storing your boat when not in use even during the spring and summer months.
Indoor Storage Facilities
- Your boat will require less winter/storage preparation.
- Your boat will be protected against the elements and be in a climate control environment.
- These facilities often include transportation from and to the dock, security, and maintenance in their facility costs.
- Indoor boat storage facilities are often the most expensive storage option for boat owners.
Boat Storage Units
- Very affordable option and ideal for someone who doesn’t have the private property to keep the boat but on a budget.
- Your boat will be safe from the elements.
- Storage facilities are often plentiful and located near docks.
- You’ll need to transport your boat to and from the dock.
- Not an ideal option for larger sized boats or ones with accessories that hang off the boat.
Dry Stack Storage
- These facilities are often located right off the water so transporting your boat is a breeze.
- Many are enclosed in a warehouse to protect your boat from the elements.
- One the higher end of the budget compared to other options.
- If it is not enclosed, your boat is exposed to the elements; including winter storms.
- Not a viable option for larger boats.
- Extremely affordable; usually the cheapest out of all the options (free if you store it on your own property).
- You are responsible for getting your boat to and from the docks.
- Your boat will be exposed to the elements and will need a boat cover.
- Excessive exposure to the elements can cause major wear and tear—or worse.
- If on your own property,
- The boat can take up valuable yard or parking space.
- Be considered as “unsightly” by neighbors or your HOA.
Also be sure to review your boater’s insurance and make sure the current coverage protects your boat while in storage—inside or out. Some carriers may offer discounts if you can provide proof of indoor boat storage as it shows an unlikely occurrence of theft or damage during the off season. Contact an independent insurance agent to discuss your boat insurance needs.