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Dockage rates for catamarans

Just visited my local marina to assess the dockage option for a 38- 42 foot catamaran with a beam of 19-21 feet. The dock master asked my opinion of how he should charge for a year round berth for such a vessel. I think he desires to be fair with the fee but also realizes that such a vessel will require more room. I think he only has side to dockage for this size boat.

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If he can dock you "alongside" so you only take up the same number of linear feet as any other boat, then he should just charge you for the number of feet. It is not like he would have charged more by rafting up other boats outside of yours in any case, right?

But if he is putting you in a slip, and you occupy both sides of the slip, the same way that two 10' wide monohulls would have...then you are taking up two spots, and he'd be entitled to charge for them both. If he's a nice guy he'll give you a break because you are using two slips--but you are still only one user wrt the marina facilities, like the bathroom, electricity, water, etc. Remember, he still loses profit on all those by losing the second slip to you.
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All the catamarans at my marina which are on the outside of the T-end of docks, to my knowledge (and according to some cat dockmate friends at the end of our dock who are trying to convince us to buy their boat), are not charged extra.
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I think a lot depends on the marina. If the T heads are used for transients but there is no other slip for a cat...then you will probably find yourself paying for that loss of transient income. Ditto for an extra wide slip. If the T head is otherwise unused, then there is no reason to charge extra. In many marinas though, prople like to have a T head for ease of docking and full length boat access so many places charge 50% more for T heads whether a cat or monohull chooses to dock there.
Our marina made 2 cat slips by removing end pilings and combining 2 slips and charges 50% more for those which is stupid imho since they lost two slips and have a waiting list!
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It really depends on the marina and the catamaran. Some of the smaller catamarans, like the Gemini, are narrow enough to fit in to a wider slip without taking up both slips. Generally a Gemini, 34' LOA, can fit into a 40' slip, since it only has a beam of 14'. Other cats are clearly going to be taking up two slips or require an end slip.
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