When you have a boat, you want to be out on the water as much as possible. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to jump in and jet off into the sunset. Boaters know that a lot of work and preparation goes into any excursion. The first step is getting your boat to the water.
The cheapest option is to store your boat on a trailer at home. If you live in an apartment or have a strict homeowners association, this may not be an option. By keeping the boat in your driveway you skip all the costs associated with docking it in a slip or at a storage facility. However, there are disadvantages. The time it takes to hook up your boat and drive it to the Palm Beach County docks will eat into fun time. And unless you have a really large garage, the boat will be exposed to the elements.
Dry Boat Storage
Dry boat storage facilities offer inside or outside storage for different rates. This is cheaper than renting a slip, and some facilities offer great amenities. Large-scale operations called boatels, stack boats vertically to save space. When you are on the way, they remove your boat from the racks and place it in the water. Some will even fill it up with gas and ice for your trip. You are reliant on the marina with this option. If it’s a busy day or there are issues with the equipment, you may end up waiting a while for your boat.
For those who live by the water, there is no lack of places to rent a slip. Marinas, communities, clubs and even some restaurants offer slip rentals for boating season. This is the most expensive option. It allows your boat to be in the water, ready to go at a moment’s notice. Keep in mind that boats get a lot dirtier when they are left in the water so more maintenance will be involved. Also, you will most likely want to pull it from the water when boating season is over.