Keeping that yacht as pristine as possible is the goal, so how does one find yacht storage that fully protects a luxury vessel from the elements? Read below and learn what to look for in a storage facility. Whether you’re planning to secure your yacht from a potential storm or simply need a dry dock option when the vessel isn’t in use, there’s a location to match your criteria.
When storm protection is a real concern
Think Fort Knox – for boats. After Hurricane Irma scraped its way along the shoreline of Florida, yacht owners found a renewed reason to secure a ‘safe harbor’ for their boat. Remember: yacht storage is not synonymous with ‘yacht shelter.’
The hurricane made it all too apparent that placing walls and a roof between a vessel and a storm only provides benefit if that storm cannot penetrate the facility. Therefore, ask questions when visiting a potential storage option for your vessel. A great one to ask is whether the facility is Miami Dade certified. This means that the building meets Miami Dad building codes. Remember: storage is of no help if the outside façade crumbles with your yacht nestled inside.
Indoor storage facilities stack vessels on racks, suspending them. In theory, this is a great storage option. Salt water is corrosive to a boat’s exterior, so leaving the vessel in such an environment is simply not an option. Tarps or some other covering are then draped over the boats for added protection. Again, if that facility is not Miami Dade certified, you need to take the possibility into account that your yacht may still suffer some sort of damage. Think you can guess what the biggest exposure is for rack storage? –It’s fire and building collapse. That leads us to the next option:
Marina boat storage
Let’s hear it for convenience and protection all in one package! Marina boat storage facilities usually take boat size and marina location and factor that into the cost of storage. It’s often possible to find full-scale services at these marinas – meaning that if you are headed out of town and need to, say, ‘winterize’ your boat, there’s likely someone on staff who can do that for you. (Note that in Florida, there is usually no huge need to ‘winterize.’) Some facilities actually offer a hurricane haul out agreement, guaranteeing you a spot to pull your boat out of the water for storm preparation. Now that’s pre-planning!
Still not sure which yacht storage is right for your vessel? Contact your WWW marine insurance advisor. He or she will advise you. In the meantime, you can ask their counsel regarding coverage. Do you need any additional insurance for your yacht? Protect it, and enjoy peace of mind – and hopefully years of enjoyment out on the water.