At the end of my season a little over a month ago I had my mind made up. I'm going to try the dry dock at a different marina down the road. How about a little background. For the previous 2 years I have kept my 26 foot swing keel trailer sailor at a dock. Very convenient to just get on and go. Before that I had a power boat at a private dock for a few years. Before that I trailed and launched my power boat every time I wanted to go out. Not a huge issue for me to hook up a trailer and back a boat down a ramp. My previous job was moving aircraft with a tractor around on an air craft carrier. You know the guys in the yellow and blue shirts. Yes I do believe the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower CVN69 is the best boat in the Fleet. Anyway now I'm having second thoughts about the dry dock. Here is how it works. I have a parking spot for my trailer less than 100 yards away from the launch. I am able to keep all my rigging up and ready to go. When I get there I will have to hook up my truck and back it down the ramp into the water then tie it up to a transient dock until I'm ready to go. This is a private launch so there shouldn't be any problem with traffic at the launch. One of the reasons why I am considering this is because it will save me $1000 per season. The other is that when my boat is in the water unattended I am very nervous. I stop by almost every day to check on it. A couple years back I had a 5 months new to me boat sink at the dock. That was the worst call I have ever received and seeing it 1st hand underwater was heart breaking. I also lost my ass on the deal. Insurance company's are the scum of the earth. So the pros are obvious but how about the cons. Drinking beer. I don't go out and get hammered but I do like to have a few while cruising the harbor. I have a company truck that I am allowed to use for personal stuff. I am the Boss and like to take my employees out on the boat but don't want them to see me having a few beers then driving the company truck. My other vehicle is not capable of towing the boat so if I'm going on the boat I will need to be driving my truck. This will also add approximately 15 minuets to the beginning and end of every trip. that doesn't sound like a lot but I go out sometimes 2 or 3 times a week after work for 3 or 4 hours. Having to put the boat in the water might be the thing that makes me not go out if I'm wore out and just want to relax. I don't usually just go sit on the boat but it is nice to do once in a while and I wouldn't do that in a parking lot. I would love to hear from someone who has done this and has real life experience.