There are a few options available to store your boat such as wet or dry storage. These options are not available at every marina, however. The boat storage method should be chosen based on the owner’s needs and the locations availability. An owner should take into consideration the local laws, policies, and prices before purchasing one of these storage methods.
What is the difference between wet and dry storage?
Wet storage is the method of storing boats in the water at a local marina or storage yard. They are essentially boat “parking spots” along a dock. With the boat constantly being in the water, it’s exposed to the elements. The vessel can develop a zinc ring on its underside which is very difficult to remove. However, this method is inexpensive since it doesn’t require machinery or marina staff to retrieve your boat and place it in the water for you.
Dry storage seems to be a more popular option and often referred to as dry stacks. A dry stack is a vertical stacking of boats on metal or wooden racks. Forklifts are used to take the boats out of these spaces for owner use. This form of storage is ideal for year-round boating. It is mainly used by boaters who set sail a few times in a month or year as prices can rack up the more often you sail. This method requires staff to remove a boat with a forklift and place it in the water for the owner.
Picking the right storage method
Whenever an owner is choosing a storage method, it can be confusing due to all the things to consider before purchasing. Mentioned previously, the two methods differ in pricing and reason they’re chosen. An owner should weigh the pros and cons of wet and dry storage as well as research what their boat would do best in.
The dry method is considered safer since the boat is stored away in a high space. Being stored in a shelf-like structure will keep upholstery looking new for years as it won’t be exposed to the sun and rain. The motor and the bottom of the boat will also avoid water damage. Dry storage is ideal for small boats and they fit compactly into the stacks. Owners can also enjoy their vessels being freshly launched each time they go for a trip.
The main benefit to wet storage is having your boat waiting in the water, ready to go. Some stations have charging stations where the boats are docked meaning owners can count on having a fully charged battery. A problem with wet storage is that the boats are exposed to the sunshine which can fade upholstery and ruin other belongings. If large waves pick up, they can splash into the cabin. Wet storage is also cheaper since it is totally self serviced.