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Old 08-27-2015, 09:52 PM   #21
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In a covered slip at the cost of about $10 per day including water and electricity. It's tough to beat the comfort and protection of a covered slip, especially with lots of brightwork and canvas.

When we were in the CA Delta, spiders and mud daubers were a real problem in the heat of summer. Now that we're near the SF Bay, no issues with bugs or birds. Just an occasional pair of ducks looking for a handout.
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Old 08-27-2015, 10:10 PM   #22
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There was exactly one boathouse in Powell River on the chuk at Grief Point. It blew away. I watched it. The only other boat houses used to be up on the lake, they're gone now too. Owners of the damn got nervous about them.

When I was a kid there are all sorts of boathouses on the Seneca canal full of old wooden Elcos, Owens and Chris Crafts. I remember being bombarded by swallows when I went to visit boats in my canoe.

Nope, not a boathouse fan.
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Old 08-27-2015, 10:12 PM   #23
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Nice end slip cardude . How did you swing that ? Our covered slips are about 40% more than outside for same size slip .

Just lucked into it. I was actually at another marina, but couldn't get the silly manager to call me back to get the lease finalized. Frustrated, I went to check out this new place and took that covered end slip as soon as I saw it.

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Floating dock. Nice synthetic teak deck. Nice view. Breezy. Restaurant with good outdoor bar. I like it.

It's $370 per moth so not a terrible price I thought.
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Old 08-27-2015, 10:30 PM   #24
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...boat houses used to be up on the lake, they're gone now too.
Was a time it was solid houses along Arbutus from the bridge to almost the dam.

Seems to me there might have been some at Stillwater also and Ernie Mahood mighta had a float plane in a house out there too. Could be wrong on both counts though.
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Covered. 12x30 slip, electric, water included. Great restaurant, for $165/mo. I love this place! No more dang hurricanes ( I was in the eye of three in two years in FL). No salt corrosion, no tides, no coral reefs, and thousands of acres of national forest to cruise, hike and fish. We've got 40 lb stripers here on the Tennessee River. Gotta love it! Ben
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Old 08-27-2015, 11:11 PM   #26
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With a GB woody, a boathouse is the only logical option for us. Like Kevin, a few houses down, we have a decent view out the back. Boat stays clean and dry.
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Just lucked into it. I was actually at another marina, but couldn't get the silly manager to call me back to get the lease finalized. Frustrated, I went to check out this new place and took that covered end slip as soon as I saw it.

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Floating dock. Nice synthetic teak deck. Nice view. Breezy. Restaurant with good outdoor bar. I like it.

It's $370 per moth so not a terrible price I thought.
Wow amazing price
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Covered. 12x30 slip, electric, water included. Great restaurant, for $165/mo. I love this place! No more dang hurricanes ( I was in the eye of three in two years in FL). No salt corrosion, no tides, no coral reefs, and thousands of acres of national forest to cruise, hike and fish. We've got 40 lb stripers here on the Tennessee River. Gotta love it! Ben
What Marina is that? We're headed your way next summer!
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Outside.

While a boathouse may seem like a good idea where we live, it also comes with risks. A 49' Meridian sank during a 5.5' snowstorm last winter because the snow on one side of the boathouse slid off, unbalancing it, then the whole thing flipped and took the boat to the bottom. The boat was one year old.

Our boat faired better out in the open despite the road being closed for two days and no power at the marina;
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Old 08-28-2015, 01:55 AM   #30
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Outside.

Our boat faired better out in the open despite the road being closed for two days and no power at the marina;
I'd do my best to have mine on the hard in those conditions.
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There was exactly one boathouse in Powell River on the chuk at Grief Point. It blew away. I watched it. The only other boat houses used to be up on the lake, they're gone now too. Owners of the damn got nervous about them.

When I was a kid there are all sorts of boathouses on the Seneca canal full of old wooden Elcos, Owens and Chris Crafts. I remember being bombarded by swallows when I went to visit boats in my canoe.

Nope, not a boathouse fan.
No boathouses at all?
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Outside.

While a boathouse may seem like a good idea where we live, it also comes with risks. A 49' Meridian sank during a 5.5' snowstorm last winter because the snow on one side of the boathouse slid off, unbalancing it, then the whole thing flipped and took the boat to the bottom. The boat was one year old.

Our boat faired better out in the open despite the road being closed for two days and no power at the marina;

That's crazy stuff. You folks up north get the "tough boater" award IMO.

If the temp is lower than my age I don't want to go out on the water. 😎
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Covered. 12x30 slip, electric, water included. Great restaurant, for $165/mo. I love this place! No more dang hurricanes ( I was in the eye of three in two years in FL). No salt corrosion, no tides, no coral reefs, and thousands of acres of national forest to cruise, hike and fish. We've got 40 lb stripers here on the Tennessee River. Gotta love it! Ben

Wow. My $370 no longer sounds all that cheap. My slip is a little bigger at 40x15, but still.
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We're in the open most of the year. I move to a nearby marina in a covered slip during the winter to keep Ice off the decks. This is the view from across the creek; The boat on the right is mine, the house belongs to my wife.
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Old 08-28-2015, 07:59 AM   #35
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Now that's a cool setup.

My boat is my waterfront house. I can't afford both.
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Old 08-28-2015, 08:05 AM   #36
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Those from the Puget Sound area, do you remember the December 1996 snow storm? 100s of boat houses/covered slips collapsed from the weight of a major snow storm. Edmonds and Meydenbuer were some of the worst damaged.
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40' x 16' Covered - And, I/we like it!

Depending on the season... spiders, some bird shat, and dust is a bit of pia to clean off if boat is not used for a while. BUT... that all is more than offset by the huge reduction in sun and storm damage that occurs during outside dock-age. I figure the cost of covered dock is +/- equal to the cost of damage from the elements by keeping her outside. That means the covered slip is virtually free for us (compared to getting the damage while still paying for outside dock-age)... and... the hours of efforts required due to natural damages are 99% erased.

This is the first time I ever utilized covered berth. Been 7 yrs now with very OK, appreciated results. Also, in those years we've strayed aboard boat at dock less than handfull of times. We go to boat to go out and play/swim/be-free/enjoy/visit/BBQ - and the like! That's why we own her!!
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Old 08-28-2015, 12:30 PM   #38
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Those from the Puget Sound area, do you remember the December 1996 snow storm? 100s of boat houses/covered slips collapsed from the weight of a major snow storm. Edmonds and Meydenbuer were some of the worst damaged.
Sure, but it wasn't MBYC - our roof is pretty skookum:
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There seem to be some important distinctions to add to the covered vs uncovered decision. Covered slips - in general - are less available, more expensive, often closer to shore (more protected, shallower, more flotsam), and possibly lesser views. Boathouses are their own kettle of fish - some of them even have apartments with decks!

A covered slip obviously keeps the sun, rain, dew, hail, and snow off. In addition to reducing the maintenance cost, it's also much easier to actually perform exterior maintenance like varnishing, painting, or any project that involves exposing a part of the boat. Or leaving tools out for a couple of days. This was a great day to putter on my boat:

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Old 08-28-2015, 12:51 PM   #39
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I'd do my best to have mine on the hard in those conditions.
I'll do my best to not be in those conditions. I've never lived anywhere that averaged more than 4 to 5 inches of snow a year. In my lifetime our snowiest year was 15 inches. My wife was quite astonished, as was I, when in 2004 we had one day of 12 inches and I can assure you the marinas with covered slips were panicking and clearing it as fast as it fell. It only took 3 to 4 inches to make a visible difference in height of those docks. We had two covered but open slips at our house and got what we could reach with a broom, but that small roof area didn't really impact our docks more than an inch at most. An oddity about Charlotte NC where the snowiest year ever was 23 inches, there's never been a year with no traceable snow. 2010 was the only white Christmas either of us have ever experienced.
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The only covered docks in our area look like they should have been condemned 20 years ago (including some of the boats under them)...
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