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Where Can I Store My Boat?

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Storing Your Boat

A key component of boat ownership is the question of where to keep your boat when you're not using it. Budget, convenience and availability play into the equation and should be part of any pre-purchase family discussion.


You won't find a less expensive way to keep a boat than storing it on a trailer in your driveway or backyard. A trailer has the added advantages of allowing you to boat on different bodies of water, and to seize the nice days in winter to fish or cruise. It can also save fees for winter boat storage. Be sure to check your vehicle owner's manual for safety rules, tips and complete instructions on boat towing capacity. This will help make sure you're selecting the appropriate equipment.

Rack Storage

Another alternative for smaller boats is rack storage, or dry stacks. A typical rack storage facility keeps your boat in a covered shed filled with trailer-like cradles. You call the facility at a designated time before you want to go boating and they retrieve and launch your boat. When you come back, you tie it up, walk away and they return it to the shed.

The Boat Marina Advantage

For owners of larger boats or owners of small boats who crave convenience, a marina slip is the best way to go. You drive your family and gear to the marina, load the boat, cast off the lines and go. Rates vary from state to state and marina to marina, but typically you'll be charged according to the length of your boat or the length of the slip. Boat marinas often have showers and bathrooms and offer winter storage and service options. The best marinas offer connections for electricity, wash-down water, telephone, Internet and TV at the dock. Boat marinas can be great fun as well, with slip-holders often getting together for parties, cookouts or friendly socializing. Visit our Reserve A Marina tool to help locate a marina near you.

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