How Much Does Boat Storage Cost?
Boat storage is used by those who, due to the size of many boats, cannot keep their boat at home or at the marina during the colder months. If you live in an area where the weather is mild enough to leave you boat in year round, you will not have to worry about boat storage; however, in the colder states, the lakes can freeze, causing damage to the boat. The cold temperature of the water, even if it doesn’t freeze, can also do some damage. Because of this, many people have to turn to a storage facility to store their boat so it can be off the water. These facilities will charge based on the size of the boat, the duration and if they have to pick up the boat.
How much is it?
- With boat storage facilities, the prices can range anywhere from $25 to $2,000 per month. The more you want inside of the facility, the more you are going to have to pay. For example, the cheaper storage facilities may not provide any temperature control because you boat is outside, while the more expensive ones will keep the boat inside where the temperature is kept above 50 degrees or so.
- For outdoor storage, most will charge based on the foot. Plan on spending anywhere from $2 to $5 per foot, per month.
- For instance, higher-end storage units will have electric gates, 24/7 security, dumpsters and even a wash down area, while your lower-end storage places will just let you park the boat in the a parking lot surrounded by barbed wire and that is it.
- Aside from the higher-end facilities, indoor storage will often cost more than the outdoor lots. Typically, plan on spending at least 50% more for indoor storage compared to outdoor.
- Some users on a forum thread on the website City-Data.com claimed that they paid anywhere from $160 to $220 per month for dry storage near Lake Norman.
- BoatStorageIllinois.com charges a flat $2 per running foot per month for outside storage.
- BoatRVStorage.com, a company located in Florida, charges $149 for a 12×30 space and $199 per month for a 12×40 space that is covered. If you do not want your boat covered, the prices will range from $55 to as much as $150 per month. Again, this will depend on the amount of space that you need.
What is going to be included?
- Most, if not all storage facilities will include a secure gate that requires a pass code, a designated parking spot if parked outside or indoor garage. Depending on facility, some will allow you to visit 24 hours a day while others may have strict hours.
- Indoor designated spaces will often be climate controlled.
- Some facilities will wash and cover the boat for you, while others will expect you to do these tasks yourself.
What are the extra costs?
- Personal lockers can be set aside for those that want to lock up personal belongings such as electronics, life preservers, etc. Plan on spending $75 to $200 a year to reserve a personal locker.
- Storage units may ask for a deposit that covers cleaning fees, setup and locks. This, of course, will be refunded when the storage place is left just as clean and nice as it was when you found it.
- If you do not have the equipment needed to get your boat to the storage facility, you may have to pay for boat transportation.
Tips to know:
- Know what kind of features you want when choosing a storage facility. Do you just want to store it for the winter, or do you want to have access to a boat launch as you please? Storage units are going to greatly vary and because of that, it is best to talk with at least three different companies.
- It is always a good idea to wash your boat thoroughly before storing it. Any residue that sits on the boat for a few months during storage may have chemicals that can damage the boat. You should also make sure the boat is wrapped and covered well enough to keep spiders and other insects out of the boat. Shrink wrap is you best option for this precaution.
- Be sure to know the differences between a covered and uncovered space. For those storing boats in outdoor areas in sunny states such as Florida, you can find that UV rays can fade and crack the boat’s body. In the colder states, you may find that the snow can cause moisture buildup, which can damage many things on the boat.
How can I save money?
- With any storage services, consider talking with at least three units in your area. You are going to find that each will all offer something different and the prices will be all over the place. You just need to decide which feature they offer is the most important for your boat and your location.
- The more money you pay up front, the more you are going to be able to save. If you have the cash available, consider paying up to six months ahead of time to save upwards of 25%.
- Options such as purchasing a locker are unnecessary. You can take your electronics and personal property home with you instead of paying to leave it there. Saving money on the little things can greatly cut your costs.