Advantages are many.
1. Boat is always indoors out of the sun, wind, rain and other types of weather
except while using. No sun shining on the boat everyday less fading and other
sun caused nasties.
2. Boat stays cleaner, see above.
3. Boat is not in water all the time, especially nice with I/O's.
4. Do not have to apply bottom paint but still may do so if desired. If done
bottom paint lasts much longer. One guy at my marina has not done his bottom in
7 years and it still looks great.
5. Less chance of theft since boat is inside a locked building.
Rack and launch works for me and is not for everyone. I have a 30' boat but am
not the biggest boat in the rack. Where I am they rack and launch a 41' Apache.
If you should decide to go that route check out any facilities you are
considering and talk to people who rack there. If they are satisfied you
probably will be too.
71 days to go..
I agree with everything said above. The building housing my rack has a
roof and end walls but it is open on the sides. The yard is very
cooperative about pulling the boat and setting it on a cradle, etc. to
work on. I love the racks, I call from my house and by the time I get
there (15 minutes) they have pulled the boat and put it in the water.
The only downside where I am at is the rack season only runs to October
1. Here in Mass. we have plenty of nice days beyond October 1,
especially this year. So at that point I put the boat (it's small) on
the trailer for a few weeks until I am ready to have them put it away
for the winter. I am on the waiting list for a slip at a marina even
closer to my house but I am not sure I will take it when my name comes
up in a year or so. You didn't ask about price but they charge $1200 a
year (12 months) for up to a 30' boat and that includes membership to
use the waterfront clubhouse and the swimming pool. Slips in the area
run $40-$75 per foot for the season.
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Before you buy.
2. Rack Storage
11. Storage racks