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Re: Maine expensive winter storage
Don't know if it is simply greed. Boatyards in our area are in the high rent district. If they don't make enough on boat activities, they are in danger of being replaced with waterfront condo development. Don't forget that they are subject to regulations that are costly, like recovering the gray water from pressure washing, and highly restrictive rules on maintenance dredging. The compliance costs are not only in specialized infrastructure, but also in the paperwork for permits. The paperwork alone can be very expensive when engineering studies are required, which is often the case.
I know our yard had to construct a temporary spoils storage area just to dredge their travelift slip. They are also in line for a copay (with other nearby marinas) when the state dredges their access channel this fall.
Bottom line: I don't think my storage charges are out of line and I certainly don't think my marina is out to screw us.