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Dry Slip or Wet Slip: Which is Right for you? Featured

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Looking for a place to store your boat? Store it at a marina. Marinas, like Florida Marina Clubs, are a safe space. Once you decide to keep your boat at a marina, you will have to decide if you want a wet slip storage or dry storage.

At Florida Marina Clubs, we offer both wet and dry slips. Whether you choose a wet or dry slip, you will be getting first-class facilities that are operated by marina professionals. Our marinas in Tampa and Key West are equipped with 24/7 security.

Is wet storage or dry storage right for you and your boat? Below, we wanted to briefly share the details of wet and dry slips with you, so you can make an informed decision about the type of storage to choose.

At a Florida Marina Club facility, our marinas are built with new, safe, strong, and state-of-the-art equipment. With our dry storage, a boat is protected from the elements 365 days a year. Our dry slips can hold boats up to 45’ in length. Our wet slips hold vessels up to 110’ in length.

Features we offer with our dry storage include: fire protection systems, unlimited haul and launch services, a large forklift, boat washes, engine flushing. Features we offer with our wet storage include: utilities in each slip, easy in and out, pump out services, cable and Wi-Fi, and slip side services.

At our marinas, if you want to get out in the water from dry storage, call us one hour before you plan on sailing out into the water. Our team will take out your boat and put it into a staging slip. We also can fuel the boat and provision it at your request. After you’re done boating for the day, we will help you tie up the boat, and we will put it back in its storage spot once you’re done with it.

When you choose dry storage, your boat will require less maintenance because it is not constantly exposed to the outdoor elements and water. Your boat will require less upkeep and will stay looking good for longer. Dry storage often costs less than wet slip storage.

Wet storage is great if you like taking spontaneous boat trips, or like to go on the water frequently, because you don’t have to rely on the workers to get your boat out. If you enjoy taking care of your boat, a wet slip is for you. It’s a labor of love. You will have to protect the boat from water, and sunlight. Wet storage is costlier, but you can come and go as you please. With dry storage, you must pay each time you request the boat to be put in the water. If you’re a frequent boater, it may be cheaper to have a wet slip. If you have a big boat, wet slips are the better (and sometimes only) choice.

It is good to have dry storage during hurricanes and other storms. Our dry storage areas weathered well through Hurricane Irma in 2017.

Dock Your Boat in a Florida Marina

If you have a smaller boat and only use the boat on weekends or random occasions, dry storage is the better option for you. However, if you have a bigger boat that you use frequently, opt for a wet slip! If you’re looking for a marina, Florida Marina Clubs have beautiful, secure marinas and facilities for you to house your boat. Click our Tampa Harbour  page and Key West Harbour page to learn more about our marina locations. To contact our Tampa marina, call 813-831-1200. To contact our Key West marina, call 305-292-3121.  Happy boating!

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