Boatbuying can be accompanied by a sort of weird, narrow-focus fever, and it’s common for fever-bright buyers to get way down the purchase path without carefully considering the practicalities and costs of storage. Whether you’re buying a new or used boat, part of your focus needs to be on where you’re going to keep it – not just during the boating season, but when it’s laid up.
To help you in your decision-making, here’s some collected wisdom from the experts at Boat Trader and Boats.com:
The basic issues:
Two articles covering rack storage:
And a related article about whether it might make sense to own your own lift:
If you keep your boats alongside your own dock, what’s the best way to protect it?
If you intend to trailer your boat to and from the water, be aware of all the possible expenses:
What’s involved in owning or renting a mooring in a harbor?
It can be tricky to balance storage and mooring expenses, travel time to the boat, storm-protection issues, and other hassle factors. But it’s all part of the game. Keep us posted on how you manage, and fair winds this season.