Renting a Slip vs. Trailer Storage..

Aug 27, 2022
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My hats off to sbsurfer, your timing was great in a very tough marina:appl:. Being in a slip would be pretty cool. I've had my 25' Davis on a trailer since 1998, but then again I generally don't mind towing. I think that it really boils down to a life style choice and what headaches you want to deal with, they both cost $$$. Then again, if you are in a slip, you wouldn't need a large tow vehicle (although a lot of us already have one) and it's maintenance, maybe eliminate the trailer & it's ongoing maintenance until you need to replace it, etc....endless ways to analyse it.
I split the time between guest slips in marina one in the SB harbor and my trailer for my Farallon. Best of both worlds, and my house was 10 minutes from the harbor.
A pricey harbor for sure, but sleeping on the boat after brophys ain’t bad
 
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Ducks4jimm11

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What about the idea of finding a place to stow your trailered boat near a good launch? Might be the best option. Do your fishing, wash her up and rinse her down, then park nearby and be ready for next weekend. It sounds good but I'm sure it is not an available option in many places.
 
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ultimatejay

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What about the idea of finding a place to stow your trailered boat near a good launch? Might be the best option. Do your fishing, wash her up and rinse her down, then park nearby and be ready for next weekend. It sounds good but I'm sure it is not an available option in many places.
Thats literally what dry storage is at most marinas.
 
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First-light

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I've always been a trailer boat guy, 4 years ago I bought a 40' silverton 40 convertible and repowered it with diesel. I got the boat for a "good deal" since it was a auction lien sale. I pulled the boat out, new bottom, props, bearings, i installed perkins diesel w/ twindisc transmissions, put in a diesel genset, new transducer, etc. Due to my military status I was able to secure a slip at MCRD boathouse marina. I was paying just under 300.00/month for a slip. also, military is exempt from paying the luxury tax described in prior posts. hull cleaning ea month was 77.00 plus every three months all new zincs so about 130.00 every 3 years you have to haul out, new paint at the tune of about 2k. sounds pretty good right? well, it was pretty good compared to civilian slips, I was very lucky, but even at that discount, it was a money suck. always something going wrong with the boat and working on it from the slip was a pain, birds shitting all over the boat non stop, sometimes rats would invade the slip. I recently sold the boat and they sailed it to Mazatlan mx. (thank God). I do not miss having a boat in the slip one bit. I thought it was going to be so much easier being closer to the water i would fish more, but it really wasn't. it was a PITA hauling ice, gear, etc to the boat via dock cart. being on base i had to go pick my crew up at shelter, public dock, etc. your bound to fuel your boat on the water. insurance is expensive, surveys suck and are expensive. constant maintenance. I'm lucky enough to have a property where I can store a large trailer boat. I now have my most recent Blackman 26 flybridge. it's on a trailer and I work on it at my leisure, it's not accruing fees, or rotting on the water. I don't think I will go the slip route ever again. The main benefit of the slip, IMO is the boat. Boats you can't trailer are the best for the ocean because they are big and beamy, trailer boats are small, but worth it IMO. My 2 cents.

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KID CREOLE

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I am fortunate enough to have the best of both worlds. My Grady is stored at Cabrillo Dry Storage in San Pedro. It sits on the trailer until I want to use the boat and they launch it for me with a hoist. Works great for me
 
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Kman

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The first page of every fishing book says to “fish where the fish are”. This is why I like trailer boats. I launch anywhere from MDR to Shelter Island to chase fish. I’m lucky in that I have covered RV access on the side of the house, so storage cost is zero and the boat/trailer are always there for maintenance & tinkering.

Of course I’m limited on size and don’t have the convenience of hopping on a boat in a slip. Everything is a trade off.
 
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Big_Tuna_

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While I love the 9 1/2' wide deck on my 25' Parker, if I had to do it over again, I would go with the 23' (8 1/2' wide deck). It does the same thing, except; I could fit it in my driveway and save $277 a month for storage fees.
Wanna trade your 25 for my 2310?
 
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Big_Tuna_

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Luckily my trailer barely fits in my driveway and I pull my boat out every 60 to 100 hours for service and if you know me that means about every two months especially during lobster season, If you’re slipped and drive your boat on the regular plus keep it scrubbed regular it’s really not an issue I don’t know why people make such a big deal out of it🤣 I do my own bottom paint once a season and Hot water pressure wash the bottom when I pulled out for maintenance. Couldn’t imagine having to trailer down every time!
How do you paint the bottom every season when it's on the trailer?
 
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RodRage

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    How do you paint the bottom every season when it's on the trailer?
    Old-fashioned ingenuity, take some cribbing a couple of floor jacks some 4 inch pieces of 2 x 4 and block it off the rails, sand then pressure wash with hot water and roll, It’s tricky but can be done, I run my boat frequently so the bottom stays fairly clean Only issue is on the stern which can be scrubbed from the deck and an occasional dip in the water to clean the transducer.

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