Looking for Boat Storage? How to decide on Marina or Drystack.

How do you decide whether to put your boat into a marina or a drystack?
It’s a question we’re frequently asked.  So, let’s start… if your boat is under 4 metres or over 13 metres long, or has a mast then read no further, a drystack is not for you! Have a look at our marina and other storage options.

Marina
Marinas allow you to store your boat alongside pontoon docks. It means you can walk directly from your car onto your boat. No need to load all your bags into a dinghy and travel to a mooring. Just turn up when it suits you, cast off and go.

At Trafalgar our sheltered berths are dredged for boats up to 1.5m draft. you can select from a wide range of marina and pontoon berths.

Drystack
These giant stacking boat racks can hold up to 5 or 6 tiers of boats. Your boat will be launched from a large forklift, then on your return it is lifted from the water and stored back on the rack. Keeping your boat out of the water means less maintenance and a clean hull. Drystacks can be a rack outside, a building with 1 or more open sides or fully enclosed.

At Trafalgar, we have a fully enclosed 60,000 square foot building.

Marina vs Drystack

Trafalgar Drystack Marina
Suitable for small to medium sized power boats Yes Yes
All other boats No Yes
Convenience
Need to book to have boat launched ready for your arrival Yes Not relevant, boat in the water
Guaranteed unlimited boat launching 7 days a week (1 hrs notice) Yes Not relevant, boat in the water
No need to have dinghy to go to and from boat Yes Yes
Walk from your car straight to your boat = easy to get on board, load gear Yes Yes
Boat is launched and lifted out for you Yes Not relevant, boat in the water
Quick and easy to cast off and go Yes Yes
Easy access to power and fresh water Yes Yes
In peak times you may need to have to queue to enter/leave the marina Yes Yes
Full tidal access to open water Yes Yes
Maintenance
Antifouling required No Yes
Regular anode replacement required No Yes
Fresh water power wash and inspection on return Yes No
Bookable powerboat maintenance racks with water and power Yes Yes
Boat Cover Required No Yes
Boat hull stays clean so better fuel efficiency from not having barnacles and weed on the hull. Yes No
Can carry out maintenance in storage No Yes
Security & Safety
Stored indoors and on racking (difficult for anyone to steal an engine) Yes No
CCTV and security patrols Yes Yes

Still confused about whether to put your boat in a marina or a drystack? If your boat is suitable for a drystack then the decision comes down to how easy and convenient you want boating to be and whether you are prepared to pay more for this.

How we compare with other local marinas and drystacks

Prices based on a 7 metre boat
Prices researched March 21
Trafalgar Wharf Premier Marinas – Port Solent Premier Marinas – Gosport Premier Marinas – Chichester Emsworth Marina Mercury Yacht Harbour – Hamble Point Ocean Village Marina – Southampton Southampton Dry Stack KB Boat Park
Marina Facility Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Marina Cost 3208.1 pa £3740 pa £3740 pa £3740 pa £2765 pa Await Andrew Await Andrew
£417.69 pm £333.48 pm £333.48 pm £333.48 pm £248.5 pm £582.4 pm 505.4 pm
Drystack Facility Indoor, fully enclosed No drystack Outside only No drystack No drystack Outside No drystack Outside or partial coverage Outside only
Drystack Cost £4131.05 pa £3430 pa ? £3465 PA (fully open)
£429.80 pm £305.83 pm £525.35 pm Monthly payments available
Pricing Notes
VAT included yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Money back guarantee yes no no no no
Other benefits For annual marina members: For annual marina members & all drystack members: For annual marina members & all drystack members: For annual marine members: Otium rewards package for annual berth holders: Otium rewards package for annual berth holders:
42 free visitor nights & unlimited short stays at any Premier Marina 42 free visitor nights & unlimited short stays at any Premier Marina 42 free visitor nights & unlimited short stays at any Premier Marina Free storage of cradles 8 weeks storage ashore 8 weeks storage ashore
Sea Start benefits & savings Sea Start benefits & savings Sea Start benefits & savings
Fuel at cost Fuel at cost Fuel at cost
Exclusive benefits with Premier Marine Insurance Exclusive benefits with Premier Marine Insurance Exclusive benefits with Premier Marine Insurance

 

To help you decide the best place to store your boat we’ve put together a checklist of all the elements you may want to think about.

Let our customers do the talking…

“Fantastic service, so glad we’ve got our RIB at the Trafalgar Wharf DryStack”. Robert Meekings
“Probably the best indoor DryStack facility in the UK. Fabulous facilities, great staff and 3 marina fork trucks. Launch and recovery is absolutely guaranteed with as little as an hour’s notice”. Paul Garner

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