The term boat slips refers to the berths between piers or docks used to moor boats. If you are in need of transient or permanent boat slip space for your boat, you will need to know a few things in order to find the best and right choice for your vessel.
The first thing you need to know about your boat is its measurements. You need to know your boat’s width, draft and height. This is very important because you need to make sure your choice of boat slips can accommodate your boat. If you’re en route on the water in your boat and call into a local marina for temporary dockage, this is one of the first things the dock master will ask of you.
The size of your boat is also important when it comes to finding permanent boat slips. The cost of your slip rental will be determined by the size of your boat. Keep in mind that the bigger the boat, the more expensive the slip. If you’re just starting to research purchasing a boat, the potential cost of boat slips should factor into your determination of which boat to purchase.
Another important thing to consider when looking at boat slips is the location of the boat slip. Is it conveniently located both to where you want to do your boating on the water and within a range you are comfortable traveling on land to get to the boat? Do you have easy access to open water, free from long no wake zones, bridges or other waterway obstructions?
The final thing to think about when considering boat slips pertains to those in a marina. If you are looking into renting a slip in a marina, consider all of the preceding factors and include the additional factors associated with marina slips.
- Are there transient slips available?
- Does the marina accommodate liveaboards?
- Is there a fuel dock and does it have the fuel your boat uses?
- Are there pump out services and fresh water available?
- Can you access your boat any time, day or night, or are you restricted to certain days and times?
- Do slips have electrical access available?
- What is the marina’s emergency procedures plan in the event of severe weather?
Boat slips are an important aspect of boat ownership. Finding the right one for your boating needs is crucial to the long-term enjoyment and care of your vessel.