Published on 8/9/2021
BOAT STORAGE OPTIONS
Storing a boat in the Maine
waters, whether it’s a lake or harbor, is no small cost. Especially if you want
a lifted dock to avoid sitting your boat in the water all year long – the costs
add up quick. A simple, less expensive solution is using boat storage facility to
store your boat in-between use.
storing your boat at a storage facility, you have four options: Uncovered
parking, covered parking, interior warehouse facility and individual indoor
units. They each have pros and cons; to help you decide, let’s break down their
positives and negatives.
parking is typically the least expensive way to store your boat. If you have a
high-quality, thick cover for your boat, this is the most economical way to
store. Parking spots come in an array of sizes to fit your boat needs.
weather is harsh. The winters are long and very cold. Moisture will penetrate
even the best tarp. Unless you have a high-quality cover to protect your boat,
it could be damaged during storms with hail or high winds. Prepping your boat
for outdoor storage helps protect it from the sun, but long-term exposure
without continual care can weather your boat.
boat parking offers the best of both worlds. You get protection from the
weather and sun while getting a wide and long spot to park large boats. You are
also able to get in and out faster.
parking is more expensive than uncovered parking, but it’s often less expensive
than docking your boat. You are still exposed to some inclement weather, though
less so than uncovered parking. Your boat will be exposed to rodent
Pros: Indoor storage in a warehouse is equal to storing you boat in an
individual storage unit, but cheaper. It too offers the highest level of
protection from the outdoor elements. Having absolutely no sun, wind, and
storm exposure will provide the ultimate level of safety for your boat. These
facilities are rare. If you can find a good facility with 24/7 camera surveillance
and limited access by others, reserve a space as they usually fillup quickly. You
can store your rafts, kayaks, skis and other summer toys along with other
household items in a safe secure household items in the same self storage
facility depending on availability.
facilities tend to be expensive, particularly because you will need to rent one
long and wide enough to fit your boat. The staff at these facilities can help
with maneuvering your boat into the warehouse facility. There typically is an 8-10 month minimum
rental period payable at the time of rental.
Pros: Indoor storage offers the highest level of protection from the outdoor elements. Having absolutely
no sun, wind, and storm exposure will provide the ultimate level of safety
for your boat. Depending on the size you choose, you may also have leftover
room to store rafts, skis, and other household items in the same unit.
Cons: Indoor units are the most expensive,
particularly because you will need to rent one long and wide enough to fit your
boat. Depending on your experience with parking boats, it may take some time
getting used to parking and removing your boat from an indoor unit.
To make the most informed
decision, check out our Sizing Guide to help you determine your
individual needs. Then call a Central Maine RV | Boat Storage facility to speak with
our helpful on-site managers who will guide you in finding the right
storage facility for your boat. We offer 2 options depending the head height clearance.