Benefits of Dry Dock Storage
Boats kept in dry boat storage remain in better condition and require less maintenance than those stored on the water. This means that the boat will cost less to maintain, be more reliably available for the owner’s enjoyment and better retain its value.
The following points summarise the main advantages of dry boat storage:-
- Less Weathering and Damage: Boats are safe from storm damage and deterioration caused by the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. They are also not subjected to bird droppings, soot, dust and the problems of dampness and mould.
- Improved Security: Vandalism and theft is much less likely as the facility has 24 hour, 365 day security surveillance. All unauthorized personnel are denied entry.
- Better Preservation of Boat Value: For all of the reasons mentioned above boats can remain in good condition for a longer period of time. Accordingly, boats kept in a dry boat store tend to maintain higher values.
- Lower overall costs of boat ownership: Boats kept out the water are not exposed to conditions that cause osmosis, electrolysis and corrosion. As the hull rarely requires antifouling this results in cost savings when compared to boats stored in wet berths.
- Convenience: Keeping a boat in a dry boat storage facility provides a greater level of convenience than towing a boat to and from a ramp, including the need for a heavy duty towing vehicle. Swing moorings also present access challenges. The boats are unsupervised and at the mercy of vandals and the weathering elements. It is also safer and easier for users, especially children and the elderly or disabled, to access the boat from a floating berth adjacent to the dry boat store.
- Environmental Considerations: Dry boat storage is considered a more environmentally acceptable method of storing boats and is an efficient use of space. Potential for water pollution is substantially eliminated by reducing toxicity of anti-fouling paints on boat hulls, lubricating oil and fuel leaking into the water and sewage and litter released in the water.