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Re: Is paying for a slip worth it?

As for the original question, we had our previous cat at two different marinas longterm. Although we werent liveaboards, both had a few liveaboards that we enjoyed interacting with. Also people prepping their boats for passages, and i got quite an education helping others with electronics, air con and other install projects. At late afternoon someone was always handing out a beer for a get together. It was a nice population of owners with boat interests. A respite from my 9-5 job.

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Re: Is paying for a slip worth it?

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Mast up trailer storage is on my list of ideas for sure, about 1/5th the cost. Then I lose the convenience of having a boat in the water to chillax on though.

Bigdog, the marinas require insurance, insurance requires a survey. Insurance surveys are the biggest scam going in the marine industry, especially on boats this size.
The further away your boat is the better it would be to have it in a slip. The location should also be way worth the drive' good cruising grounds, nice marina, with restaurants nearby. Then the slip is more like a vacation home on the water.

When i lived in Oceanside California I had a group owned 32 footer 40 minutes (to 1.5 hrs depending on traffic) away in San Diego. It was a great place to visit during holidays and long weekends. I spent more days sleeping or working on the boat than sailing.

I now live an hour from the nearest Lake and 3 hours from the lake with better sailing. My plan is to keep an S2 7.9 mast up 3 hours from here. That lake has a yacht club and racing program, I hope to participate in this summer. After years wait I may be in line to get a buoy for the lake an hour away, i hope to keep my Potter 19 on to spend one or two nights a week onboard.

I have only gotten quotes on either boat but without any thruhulls, I don't know that I need a survey. I hope not I can't imagine there is a plethora of marine surveyors in Wyoming.

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Re: Is paying for a slip worth it?

I'm jumping back into this to add that if you are planning on a DIY refit, or simply have a lot of projects to undertake, keeping the boat on a slip is a smart thing to do. You have infinite AC power and water, and loading / unloading heavy or unwieldly items is easier while at the slip.

In my case, I got my boat squared away the way that I wanted it, and I now appreciate the peace and calm of summers on the mooring.
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Re: Is paying for a slip worth it?

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I'm jumping back into this to add that if you are planning on a DIY refit, or simply have a lot of projects to undertake, keeping the boat on a slip is a smart thing to do. You have infinite AC power and water, and loading / unloading heavy or unwieldly items is easier while at the slip.

In my case, I got my boat squared away the way that I wanted it, and I now appreciate the peace and calm of summers on the mooring.
For sure a dock tie is handy for many projects. But not all. You may be able to use a town dock. For example in NPT it's free and there's water and power. When I had work done on my refer the mechanic asked I bring the boat to a dock... because had had a lot of tools etc.

Almost all projects can be done on board with the right tools and an inverter for power and having all parts etc. on board before you start.
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Re: Is paying for a slip worth it?

Well, for me, it's a trailer sailer, so projects are done in my drive way or garage, as a result, it's the best maintained boat I have ever owned

The mooring I mentioned above I don't think is going to work out. I am also exploring downsizing at this point.

Making a list of pros and cons for having a boat with a cabin and an outboard and the pro list is coming up pretty short for the type of sailing I like to do, especially considering cost of ownership is likely to quadruple if I get a slip and I may not have time to use the boat if I don't get a slip
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treme. About $2k for the dock itself. Fine. Then we need insurance, say $400/ year. Have to hire a surveyor. Give me a break, it's a 21 foot boat that I have owned for several years.

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If you get stuck with getting a survey bring the boat on your trailer to Whitby Marina sometime in May. We'll do a survey for you free of charge.
We'll be there on the hard getting our boat ready to head south again.
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Thanks Boatpoker. Thats very nice of you.
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Re: Is paying for a slip worth it?

In my experience most homeowner's policies would give you liability protection for the boat you describe. Most marina applications just ask for insurer name and policy # which would be your homeowner's. No one ever checks anything out. It's not as big an obstacle as you may think.

All that said, we loved our relatively cheap mooring when we had it. We now have a slip and there are definite benefits, but if cost was the biggest factor for us, I'd happily go back to a mooring and enjoy all the things we loved about it.
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In my experience most homeowner's policies would give you liability protection for the boat you describe.
In Canada (OP is Canadian) that is pretty much a thing of the past. I routinely turn away surveys demanded on jet ski's, 14' aluminum fishing boats and 16' runabouts .
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I too struggle with this because my trailer sailing days we're lots of fun and I think we went on really great adventures and travelled further simply because we could haul the boat up and down the Florida coast and find the closest marina in the area, splash her and then after usually, a full day of getting things ready we were off on a great family vacay.

Trailer sailors are the fastest boats on earth. I've had mine up past sixty five knots! Lol

Now that I'm on a slightly larger boat I'm parked in the marina where I pay what I consider to be huge dock fees. Now I have a totally different mindset. Most of the time I spend on my boat is at the dock rather than sailing it. And it has become as said, a little cottage where I can hang out with fellow sailors, do maintenance which I like and take her on relatively short sails. .

One does both enjoy and suffer from boat envy in a marina though.
Sometimes it can make you feel a little less adequate when the guy across from you has a bigger boat and taller stick.

But I just tell myself yeah, but he doesnt seem to sail his as much as I do mine. Sheesh! How can some people afford a brand new Benatau?

And they can't do 65 knots on a regular basis. ;/
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