Monday, October 23, 2017

Where Will Your Boat Spend the Summer?

March 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 


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Boaters and their vessels vary, and so do boating accommodations. Choosing a marina, yacht club, mooring field, or boatyard is based on what you need and can afford; our list of considerations and questions will help you make the best selection.

  • Location. Do you head to your boat after work or dinner? A spot nearby works best. Do you use your boat as a weekend home? Select a vibrant village setting or a marina with relaxing amenities.
  • Safe harbor. Is the harbor generally calm? How did it weather the last few big storms? Does the parking lot flood when it rains or the tide rises?
  • Approachability. Is there enough room for your vessel to navigate in the channel or harbor leading to the marina? Is there adequate water at the lowest tide?
  • Dock layout. What are the local prevailing winds? If you’re inexperienced or your boat is hard to handle, don’t choose a spot that will make it difficult to maneuver.
  • Assistance. Are dockhands around to lend a hand?
  • Moorings. Does the cost of a mooring include access to all onshore amenities and launch service? How long is the average wait time for launch service on summer weekends and what hours are launches in operation?
  • Accessibility. If you boat with little kids, dogs, lots of gear, or arthritis, a facility with bulkheads or ladders is not ideal. Check out a dock ramp at lowest tide — is it too steep to navigate?
  • Power and water. Is the dockside power supply adequate? Is fresh water available?
  • Necessities. Does the facility have a laundry, showers, and ice available?
  • Travel lift. Is there one on the premises capable of hauling your boat?
  • In-house mechanic. Is the resident mechanic certified to work on your boat and engines? What’s the average turnaround on a summer repair?
  • DIY. Are you permitted to work on your own boat on the premises and/or bring in an outside pro?
  • Pumpout. How close is the nearest pumpout site?
  • Fuel dock. How close is the nearest fueling area?
  • Security. Are the premises monitored or alarmed? This is an important consideration if you sleep aboard and/or leave valuable equipment on the boat.
  • Perks and extras. If you’re joining a yacht club, are there year-round amenities and activities included in the price? Is there an additional food and drink minimum? Is there a dress code? Are there reciprocal privileges at other yacht clubs in destinations you plan to visit?
  • Neighbors. What’s the average age of members or other boat owners? If you’re looking for peace and quiet, you’ll likely seek a different location than if you’re seeking companionship.
  • Nightlife. When the sun goes down, is it very noisy or way-too-quiet?
  • Canines. Are your companion animals permitted everywhere? 
  • Parking. Is there sufficient parking nearby, a convenient spot to unload equipment, and space for guests to park?
  • Emergency preparedness. Is there fire-fighting and life-saving equipment on the premises? What’s the storm evacuation plan?
  • Winter storage. Is there on-site storage available, or must you move the boat? If available, does your season end on the marina or boatyard’s schedule or your own?
  • Spring splash. Is next season’s launch on a first in, last-out autumn timetable or may you arrange a launch date that fits your schedule?
  • Budget. While listed last, it is always the first consideration. Since recreational boating is about relaxing and not stressing, are you able to afford the overall cost of the marina, club, or yard?

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