Boat Storage

Published on 8/9/2021
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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.

When 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.

Types of Boat Storage

Uncovered Parking

Pros: Uncovered 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.

Cons: Maine 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.

Covered Parking

Pros: Covered 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.

Cons: Covered 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 infestation.

 Indoor Storage Facility

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.  

Cons: Indoor 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.  

Indoor Units

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.