When you’re not fishing or cruising the open waters, you have to put your boat somewhere. Proper storage methods can keep your boat in the best condition possible. Explore these best options when deciding how to store your boat in the summer.
1. Wet Docking
Wet docking is a viable option if you want to store your boat at a marina or have a waterfront property. It works well with large boats that you can’t dry stack or trailer easily. Keeping your vessel afloat minimizes the time it takes to prepare, so you can set off for your adventures quickly.
Wet docking exposes your boat to various weather conditions. Your boat may face excess sun, humidity or storms throughout the hotter months. For this reason, only consider wet docking if you plan to use your boat frequently.
2. Dry Rack
Small and medium boats are the perfect size for dry-rack storage. This method is becoming more popular at marinas, where workers use forklifts to position the boats into racks up to 32 feet high.
The racks are often located within buildings to enhance security and offer better temperature or precipitation control. Dry rack storage could affect spontaneous boating days. You may need to wait and schedule a time when your marina can take your boat down for you.
3. Boat Lift
A boat lift offers the best of both worlds when you want to maintain access to your boat and keep it dry. They allow your watercraft to float above the water while docked. This option involves minimal prep work, so you can spend more time on the water.
You may need prior approval and must follow several restrictions to use a traditional boat lift because they require modification to the marina’s structure and use heavy metal parts. Alternatively, a drive-on boat port may be a great solution to keep your ride out of the water and close by.
Small and medium-sized boats can fit well in trailers with a slipcover. This summer boat storage solution can double as a hauling vehicle and gives you quick access to your watercraft at a moment’s notice. You can put the trailer in a garage, storage yard or warehouse building.
Contact EZ Docks for Boat Storage Options
Want the best summer boat storage tips? Trust the experts at EZ Docks. We provide various docking solutions, boat lifts and PWC ports for residential, commercial and municipal customers.
To learn about our additional storage options, contact our team today!