As we begin to welcome the winter months, you should consider where the best place is to store your yacht. The natural answer is a yacht marina, but with numerous to choose from, where do you start in choosing the right one? There are several things to consider, with the key factor being your location…
When looking for your perfect marina, location is going to be a very important deciding factor. For many, having your yacht in a marina close by brings reassurance that you can regularly check on your vessel throughout the season. Another benefit of having your yacht nearby is that you won’t have far to travel when taking your first voyage after winter. Alternatively, you may decide you’d prefer to have your yacht berthed in a marina located in your favourite holiday spot, ready for you to set sail on your next adventure.
One other advantage of finding the perfect marina is that they often offer maintenance and valet services for all boats to keep them in their best condition. After a long summer out on the water, your boat may need a little TLC. Sometimes there are even repair and maintenance technicians on-site that are highly experienced and skilled. Having access to these is extremely useful when repairing fibreglass and touching up paintwork, you’ll be able to return to your yacht knowing it’s been well looked after.
One other popular benefit of mooring at a marina is the security it can offer you. Do they have CCTV? Electronic gates? 24/7 staff for emergencies? Why not ask fellow boaters for their trusted opinion and advice on which location is the best?
Wherever it is you choose to store your vessel, ensuring you have comprehensive insurance will make sure that both you and your boat are safe and will cover you in many eventualities. Some insurance providers, such as GJW Direct, offer amazing marina features as part of their comprehensive yacht insurance. Many policies offer a reduced rate if your yacht is stored at a marina as it is more secure in such a location. As with all insurance policies, it is important to understand the level of cover you have and what you are covered for, so it is always important to read your policy document thoroughly.
When considering a marina, think about everything it can offer you and consider whether or not it is good value, if you don’t think it is then keep on searching. If you choose somewhere just because it’s cheap, you may not get the same value and may end up paying more in other areas such as maintenance or even damage costs from poor security. Sometimes paying a little extra can mean more features included regarding maintenance and facilities, benefiting you more in the long run.
A friendly boating community
If you love to make the most out of the whole boating experience, then mooring at a sociable marina may be the way forward. This is the perfect spot to chat and meet other like-minded individuals and even share boating stories, tips and tricks. Why not have a look to see if there are onsite clubs or boating activities? On some sites, there are even sailing schools that can help you to build your knowledge around boats, share wisdom with others and even try a different type of sailing.