> I am in the process of shopping for a 23'-25' sportboat such as a Nova,
> Checkmate, etc. and am considering rack (hi & dri) storage in upper
> Chesapeake Bay area. I would appreciate any comments on others
> experiences with this service, both good and bad. What should I look for
> in a rack marina, what should I avoid? What's a reasonable rate?
I'm indoor rack stored in NJ, it's the best thing since sliced bread. I
agree with the previous responce on resale and ease of cleaning/repair.
This is ideal for me as I have a "go-fast" and can't bottom paint. Some
other points to think about;
If its a large indoor facility, the fumes from forklifts will lay a nice
coating of diesel on you topsides.
Your upholstery and gelcoat will not get sun bleached, hell, blowing
sand won't even touch it.
Just make sure they have ample wet storage to keep your boat for a few
hours or overnight. I've seen some places reflect an assembly line, "no
stopping or standing" just like a boat ramp.
Most rack places are open all weekend, so getting your boat down
shouldn't be an issue, unless you show up at midnight. If so just call
ahead. My boat has a few very minor abrasions on hull where tines pick
her up, but nothing that cant be polished out. I pay about $1000 summer
season for 30' boat. (Yes they can forklift a 30' boat w/twin I/O's,
about $800, temp. is kept at about 45 deg., so fire sprinklers can't
I recommend it, I can sleep well Mon. thru Fri. knowing my boat is
locked inside and safe from the elements and I can drive my car down and
go boating instead of towing it.