Now that you’re on your way to becoming a boat owner with the help of the SALT app, the next decision is where you will keep it. Boat ownership naturally provides endless opportunities for adventure and relaxation on the water. However, when you’re not out enjoying the joys of boating, you’ll need a safe and suitable place to store your prized possession. Finding the right storage location is crucial to protect your investment and ensure its longevity. 

It’s important to pinpoint the location and associated accessibility, for instance how far away from the water is the marina or harbour?

Do consider convenience when choosing, as if it’s too far away, it may not be worth the hassle. How often will you plan to use the boat and what exactly does that usage look like?

If you prefer to just sail occasionally during summer, storage on dry land may be sensible, whereas for keen boaters who want quick access, keeping it on the water fits the bill. Finally, factor in cost – are there any discounts available based on length of stay or other criteria?

Do some research to get an idea of different rates at local marinas and the related facilities. Safety and security must also be taken into account so that you are confident your boat is well looked after plus it is often good to speak with other owners to get their trusted advice and opinion on all options available.

After exploring the choices with potential costs involved, you will then be on track to make an informed decision and find the perfect spot…

Marina: A preferred choice for many boat owners

Keeping your boat at a local marina offers numerous advantages that make this a preferred choice for many owners. Firstly, marinas provide a safe and secure environment, many with round-the-clock surveillance and controlled access, minimising the risk of theft or damage. Additionally, lots of marinas offer convenient facilities and services such as fuel stations, pump-out sites, and boat maintenance services, ensuring that your boat is always ready for use. By keeping your boat at a marina, you can enjoy quick access to the water, avoiding the need for launching and retrieving your boat each time you want to head out. Moreover, marinas often foster a vibrant boating community, providing opportunities for socialising, sharing knowledge, and participating in recreational activities. 

Boatyard: Peace of mind and convenience

With secure storage areas and improved access to shore power supplies, there’s no need to worry about compromising your vessel’s condition when kept at a boatyard. There are often experts on hand to carry out maintenance and repairs as needed, so you’ll be able to enjoy your time on the water worry-free. Boatyards offer peace of mind and convenience, two very important factors when it comes to boat ownership. Seasonal boaters often opt for this type of dry boat storage because it saves the hassle of towing a boat from one place to another and having to launch each time they want to go out on the water. Additionally, boatyards can often be a more cost-effective option compared to marinas within a secure and sheltered environment.

At Home: Convenience and cost savings

If you have sufficient space available, storing a boat on your property can be a convenient solution, allowing for easy access and minimal costs. If you have a trailer and suitable storage, keeping your boat on a trailer here can also be a flexible option. This eliminates the need for slip fees at a marina as well as having to deal with hauling your boat back and forth. On the other hand, you will need a reliable vehicle capable of pulling the weight of your boat and trailer, which must be well-maintained regularly. Lastly, depending on the size of your boat, it can be difficult to manoeuvre around tight corners when navigating launch ramps or tight roads leading to the water. All in all, storing your boat at home and hauling it on a trailer can provide great convenience for those looking to take their boat out frequently without breaking the bank. 

River or Canal: Exploring waterways and scenic views

Keeping your motor boat in a river or canal is an excellent way to make the most of your vessel. With access to a vast network of waterways, you can explore different areas and enjoy great scenery along the way. Plus, there are plenty of moorings available with modern facilities that can make your stay even more enjoyable. River and canal boating can also offer a much calmer environment than its marine counterparts, making it ideal for those looking to relax on their travels, and with riverside pubs to visit, you’ll never be short on places to eat or drink! As a general rule, it’s best to avoid mooring on rivers and canals during the winter months, when the waters are much colder.

Stacked Storage: Ideal for Small Motorboats

Another dry storage option is stacked storage, ideal for small motorboat owners particularly those with RIBs or sports boats. Stacked storage facilities often offer either fully undercover or outside options. With our notoriously wet weather, enclosed options are probably a good idea. While it can be more expensive up front, you will save money in the long run, with less maintenance costs related to weather damage

It’s clear to see when it comes to storing your boat, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. The best option certainly depends on your specific needs, budget, and location. Prioritise safety, accessibility, and protection from the elements to ensure your boat remains in tip top condition for many years of enjoyment on the water. With SALT’s innovative boat finance solutions, you’ve already taken the first step towards making your boat dreams a reality.