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I think it depends on the location of the boat. If the boat is at the brokerage dock it will probably need to be moved to a private slip or mooring within a few days of it selling, but you would need to find out from the brokerage in question what their policy is. You also need to be sure you can get insurance; if you don't qualify you may not be able to get a slip in some places. Many marinas now are requiring insurance and the marina to be "named insured" for their protection. If you don't have insurance you will have to pay "transient berthing" usually at double, possibly triple the monthly rate.
In terms of a private slip it would depend on if the boat owner is keeping his slip and if the slip is transferrable. Many marinas are full and have a wait list; so if the owner sells his boat you don't have privilege to take the slip (it will go the person on the wait list for that slip). In that case you could be left without a slip in an impacted area (like Santa Cruz, CA where the wait list is 20+ years for a slip in the south harbor).
Depending on the boat; a 41' boat (that is not beamy) can fit into a 40' slip but it will stick out into the fairway a couple of feet. Some marinas will allow this; others will want you to rent a 42' slip or longer if no 42' slip is available.
Last edited by KeelHaulin; 10-06-2007 at 06:38 AM.