by Dom Wiseman

Boat storage options are inextricably linked to the size of the boat you are looking at buying. If you’re looking at 24-25 feet, for example, your option is often limited to mooring only, or, in some cases dry dock storage.

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Depending on your situation, dry storage, mooring, or trailer will appeal and each has its own advantages and disadvantages with regards to space and maintenance costs. Mooring vessels offers great benefits, such as of use, and will mean that at any given time your boat is ready to go and all you have to onboard and get underway. Simple.

The downside to moorings are the costs, such as mooring checks and repair and the antifouling that moored boats require to stop weed, slime and barnacles growing on the bottom. Not to mention the wear and tear boat suffer due to the harsh sun and weather belting the gelcoat and covers (if you have them) all day long.

Dry storage options are limited in that they are not available in all locations, nor on every waterway, but they do offer additional benefits to moorings. They are becoming more and more popular and with space issues in our major cities, and in New South Wales at least, a clamp down on trailers parked on some suburban streets. This system generally involves a forklift or dry lift that lifts your boat out of the water and stores it undercover in a huge shed on specifically designed racks. They most commonly accommodate boats up to 24 feet, although some can take up to 40 feet.

The beauty of the dry dock storage is that you get the added benefits of reduced wear and tear, but also the ready to go aspect as most operators will provide a service to have your boat sitting on the dock waiting for you to arrive.

Trailerboats and therefore trailers are by far the most common storage option for boat owners. Most trailered boats are less than 7.5 metres in length due to existing state laws which restrict movement of over width boats. At that size most are beyond the 2.5 metre width limit. For more exact restrictions, contact your local authorities.

Trailers are, however, convenient for a majority of owner, allowing them to take their boat wherever they chooseand not being locked into a single waterway. This makes it a great option for fishermen and families who like to explore new surroundings. Gone is the need to regularly antifoul the bottom of the boat, reducing ongoing maintenance costs and you can fill up at a petrol station at a considerable discount to the on water charges for fuel.

The biggest worry is simply fishing a space to store a boat and trailer. It would be wise to also invest in a covers, as any boat sitting on a trailer in the blazing Aussie sun will still attract its fair share of weather damage.

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Depending on the boat you are looking to purchase, consideration must first be given to how when and where you would like to use that boat, making sure that your storage option is going to accommodate those requirements.

Be thoughtful before purchasing, consider all the options and make sure you get a boat suited to your circumstances. All too often, boats are left to rot through a lack of use because the storage solution you have chosen gets too hard and you simply stop going out.




For a trailer, the most pressing questions will be around the tow vehicle and space at home.