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Old 06-14-2010, 12:29 PM
 
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Anyone have an idea of montly costs for those boat storage places that dry store and put your boat in when you need it? There's one at Exit 28 that I know of, and a couple others.

Pondering buying a boat and trying to figure out the incidental expenses.
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Old 06-14-2010, 12:33 PM
 
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I used to pay about $2400 a year for this but it might have been less. Suggest you call some places like Holiday Marina or Morningstar Marina (both in Cornelius) and ask about availability. Boat slips and storage are normally difficult to get, but the economy has opened things up a little.
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Old 06-14-2010, 12:36 PM
 
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I used to pay about $2400 a year for this but it might have been less. Suggest you call some places like Holiday Marina or Morningstar Marina (both in Cornelius) and ask about availability. Boat slips and storage are normally difficult to get, but the economy has opened things up a little.
I would call around but i remember looking into it last year and we were looking at about $165 per month( in Troutman) just for a round about figure.
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Old 06-14-2010, 12:41 PM
 
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It may vary greatly depending on where you go and what they offer. Troutman is quite a way north on the lake and the souther lake has more to offer in terms of place to go and restaurants, etc. One you get north of the 150 bridge, things get kind of sparse.
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Old 06-14-2010, 12:45 PM
 
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It depends upon the boat but $2100-$2400/year is about right for a 23 ft boat stored in one of the Mecklenburg marinas. It is less if you go up to the other end of the lake.

There are endless "incidental" expenses to boating. Something is always broken, you will need something, and if it is a new boat, you have a lot of stuff to buy. There's property taxes insurance and if you do have a trailer, you will also have to register it for the road. Also if you dry dock the boat and don't have a trailer along with a vehicle that is rated to pull it loaded down, then you will be stuck with buying gasoline on the lake and that usually runs $1 higher/gallon than the gas station. It can cost a couple of hundred bucks to fill a 50 gallon tank on a boat.

I'm not trying to discourage you, as boating is a lot of fun, but plan on having an amount set aside to cover all of this.
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Old 06-14-2010, 12:53 PM
 
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Before this year, I paid $2300 for dry storage at Westport Marina. I moved to a wetslip at Kingspoint this year for $2085. Insurance costs about $140/year. I have had my 24ft Premier pontoon since 2008. The only thing I've had to do to it is change the prop. That was about $200.
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