It is said that the first dry docks were used in China in the 10th century AD when a couple of dragon boats needed maintenance. Since then, dry docks have been habitually used when boats require repair and even for long- and short-term storage.
When you leave a boat in the water for an extended period of time, it can shorten its lifespan. Sea growth and water can start to erode the boat, and maintenance can become costly.
So if you are fed up with those barnacles and sea growth (or the idea of barnacles and sea growth) that build up on the bottom of your boat and slow it down and are costly to remove, it is time to consider using a dry dock.
Here are five things to think about when it comes to dry-docking your boat.
Dry Dock and Save Money
There is a lot involved in proper boat maintenance, not only for the aesthetics but also for preventing permanent damage. If it’s high time to wax your vessel, for example, you should do it before irreparable or expensive damage sets in by following this guide.
Keeping your boat out of the water can do wonders for its lifespan and for your wallet. Despite the fact that boats are meant for water, excessive contact can lead to hull blisters and delamination (when layers of fiberglass start to separate), which are expensive to remedy.
In addition, if you use a dry dock, you will not need to invest in lines and fenders. Your boat will also be out of harm’s way if there is a storm. You won’t have to worry about it getting blown into neighboring boats or the dock or breaking free and floating away.
If you have a boat that fits on a trailer and car that can tow it, consider storing the vessel in your own garage or somewhere on your property. You will save monthly storage fees, and you will have easy access to the boat at a moment’s notice, at any time of day.
Dry Dock Storage
Dry dock storage options are usually located near a marina and on the water. They are convenient because you can call ahead, and the facility will put your boat in the water so it’s ready for you when you arrive. This eliminates the need for a trailer and the extra time and work it takes to launch the boat.
Check out self-storage options near you that accept boats. Many offer top-of-the-line security with fenced-in premises and a gated entrance. If you are looking for a secure location to keep your boat that won’t break the bank, self-storage might be for you.
If you like the idea of having your own slip for your boat, but you also want to keep the vessel out of the water, consider a dry dock for your slip. You can install davits or a boat lift to keep your boat in the slip but above the water. There is also a floating dock option that offers the same benefits, using a breathable material on which to leave your boat that sits at water level but keeps your boat dry.
Dry Docking Benefits
The dry dock cost varies depending on the option you choose. It ranges from free if you store the boat on your property to expensive if you keep it at a facility. The benefit of extending the life of your vessel, however, is priceless.
So without further ado, it’s time to research the dry dock option that’s best for you. We invite you to read more of our blog for all the latest on boating, travel, and beyond.