Choosing a marina for your boat can be similar to finding a real home – especially if you plan on spending time on the boat in the marina.
When I purchased my first home it was located on a busy road next to a train depot. After having to endure loud traffic noises and train exhaust filling up the house, I knew what I didn’t want regarding my next home. After several house moves I finally found one that ticked all the boxes. Ironically, I then sold the house, moved on to a boat and have been living at anchorages or in marina’s and have had to go through the learning process again!
Needless to say, I know what makes a good marina and what doesn’t. Furthermore, I know most of the questions to ask to find out if your marina of choice will be the right one for you…
If you don’t ask the right questions, you won’t know the answers until it’s too late and you’re committed
Here are some of the 60+ questions listed within the Boat Owners: Choosing A Marina guide:
- Insurance restrictions – Do you need a certain level of insurance to berth your boat at the marina? (Some marina’s will refuse you or ask you to increase your coverage thus increasing your costs).
- Is there an electricity hook up that matches the requirements of your boat? What is the fee for electricity?
- What is the marina’s policy on major storms (hurricanes/typhoons)– must you move your boat out of the marina if a hurricane/typhoon is coming?
- How good is the security? Are the pontoons locked? Is there a night watchman?
- Are boat owner’s restricted from working on their boat in the marina?
- Are wheel barrows provided and are they usually available?
- What is the proximity to anchorages, other marina’s, day-trip spots with the boat, etc.
- Noises? Is the marina under a flight path? Do tankers or loud party boats go by? Is there a boat yard that has constant noise nearby?
Also consider the cost of unknown extras while staying at a marina
For example, at the marina we’re at (at the time of writing this) we have to get our hull scrubbed every month during the summer and every two month’s during the winter. Each time it’s $150. We never experienced this high growth problem before so it was a total surprise and total unexpected cost. Another unexpected cost we’ve had to pay is for WIFI. It seems that most marina’s advertise free WIFI but in all my experience I’ve only come across a few where it actually works. We’ve had to pay anywhere from $50 to $150/month to get our own WIFI.
Consider the costs you don’t know about and then consider the cost of this Boat Owners: Choosing A Marina guide. Which one would you rather pay for?
As with all my guides if you don’t find that the information provided in Boat Owners: Choosing A Marina valuable, I will happily refund your money. No questions asked.
Total pages: 10 US Letter pages. Includes six pages of questions to compare/contrast one marina against another and over 10 questions to ask current marina tenants if you’re able to visit the marina in person.