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Old 08-27-2015, 12:13 PM   #1
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Undercover or outside

Who's undercover and who's outside ?
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Old 08-27-2015, 12:43 PM   #2
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Undercover or outside

Undercover. Only minus is more spiders.

Edit: thought of another minus - have to hinge tall items
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Old 08-27-2015, 12:51 PM   #3
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South Texas. It's hot. Under cover. Sooooo glad I did it. I can actually hang around the dock without roasting. Don't have to run the AC all the time.

Bird poop is only negative so far.
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Old 08-27-2015, 12:57 PM   #4
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Outside. We use our boat year round, going up to it almost every weekend. If it's stormy or too windy to go out we stay on it as though it was a getaway cabin on the water. So even if we don't go out the boat gets used, the systems turned on and run, and so forth. We would not do this if the boat was in a boathouse; who wants to sit in a boat and look at the inside of a boathouse?

There are no covered slips in our harbor, only open slips and boathouses. The view through all the boathouse doors is other boathouses or, from the innermost row, shoreside commercial buildings.

The shot below is the view from our boat in its slip. There are folks nearby who paid well over $1 million for the exact same view from their house.

Keeping the boat outside adds a lot to the maintenance effort but to us it's well worth it. It might be different if we used our boat only a few times during the year.
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Old 08-27-2015, 01:11 PM   #5
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Outdoors - but very close by!
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Old 08-27-2015, 01:12 PM   #6
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Inside in the PNW, we have no spider poop, boat stays clean & dry through the long wet winters here. Cooler in the summer heat. Have a nice westerly view with the garage door open.
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Old 08-27-2015, 01:29 PM   #7
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Outside. There are no covered slips here. I prefer to be outside anyway so you can see things from the boat.
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Old 08-27-2015, 01:46 PM   #8
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Outside. No covered slips in NJ or Charleston, both places the boat spends considerable time
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Old 08-27-2015, 02:00 PM   #9
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Outside. Our marina has covered docks but cost would be close to double what we pay for a slip. Wish we were under cover when it gets hot in summer (and for keeping the gelcoat in good shape) but love being outside in the sun during cooler weather. Also it gets really loud under cover, such that you can hear everything people say in normal conversation almost the entire length of the dock.
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Old 08-27-2015, 02:17 PM   #10
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Old 08-27-2015, 02:29 PM   #11
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Outside but looked for inside. Our airdraft would have cost us to much. When we had our Mainship we were undercover in the PNW and loved it. Our only complaint was having to wash the boat in the winter because of the dust. lol. We used the boat 100 plus days/year.
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Old 08-27-2015, 02:45 PM   #12
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Under cover inside and it isn't costing much extra. After 8 years outside in Alaska covered moorage seems a bargain. We're going to turn the boat around in an hour and do some varnishing.
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Old 08-27-2015, 02:53 PM   #13
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Wonder if I have room for paravane poles and rig?
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Old 08-27-2015, 03:11 PM   #14
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Wonder if I have room for paravane poles and rig?
It looks like you do. One of the the covered slips we looked at had fixed docks and the concern was if the river flooded.....
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Old 08-27-2015, 03:25 PM   #15
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I'm outside. There's only one covered slip in my marina, and that's for the owners.
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Old 08-27-2015, 03:36 PM   #16
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Outside as there is very few covered the Eagle would fit and they run at 2+ times. In the winter the pilot house and stern is canvas covered and the front deck is tarped over. However each summer the teak has to be revarnish, front teak deck resealed, and areas repainted. 40 to 80 hours each summer, but we are a live aboard but its better than yard work.
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Old 08-27-2015, 03:52 PM   #17
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Wonder if I have room for paravane poles and rig?
Nice end slip cardude . How did you swing that ? Our covered slips are about 40% more than outside for same size slip .
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Old 08-27-2015, 04:39 PM   #18
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Outside. There are no covered slips here. I prefer to be outside anyway so you can see things from the boat.
Covered slips don't seem to be a Maine option. Snow load? Cost of shorefront land?

Slips are also hard to come by in our neck of the water.

Moorings are preponderant and nice IMHO. You swing to the weather. You have changing views. They are less expensive. You know what you have for ground tackle.

But you do have to schlep your stuff out to the boat in a dinghy sometimes. No biggie.
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Old 08-27-2015, 05:07 PM   #19
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Under cover and glad too, the boat leaks way too much. One of these days I'll get to that part of the list...
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Old 08-27-2015, 09:42 PM   #20
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Almost all boats in South Florida are outside. There are only a couple of facilities with covered slips and they aren't generally very convenient to the ICW and ocean.
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